Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment - November 1 - November 18

Open Enrollment 2017

Annual Open Enrollment for medical, dental and vision insurance, as well as Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA, DCA), begins on Tuesday, November 1 and ends on November 18, 2016 for all benefit eligible employees of UAH. Changes outside of Open Enrollment can only be made due to a life event.

Open Enrollment Key Factors

  • Review The 2017 Open Enrollment Guide under Quick Links.
  • Health insurance premiums will change and include updated salary tier levels and a new category for family coverage.  Review the 2017 Schedule of Premiums under Quick Links.
  • Dental Plans will now be offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.  Premiums will decrease as a result of this change in vendors.
  • Employees only need to respond if they are making a change in health, dental, vision coverage or enrolling in the FSA and/or DCA plans.  Current elections will continue into the new plan year.
  • All elections made during open enrollment will be effective January 1, 2017.
  • Documentation is required to confirm eligibility of dependent(s) not previously enrolled in your insurance plan (Definition of Eligible Dependents and Required Documents).
  • Current Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Dependent Care Account (DCA) participants must re-enroll for the 2016 calendar year. 
    If no action is taken, your FSA and/or DCA participation will end December 31, 2016

How to Enroll

  • Single Sign On (SSO) to HR Connection is now available via myUAH.  
    • Click on Login to HR Connection under the Quick Links tab above or
    • Go to and enter your Charger ID and password. Click on the HR Connection link under the Human Resources Self Service section. 
    • Review the Enrollment User Guide for step-by-step instructions to view or change your current insurance elections.

Plan Design Changes

Health Plan

Summary Description | Summary of Benefits and Coverages

  • Premium increases and tier level changes will be made to both single and family coverages.
    • Single Coverage - Two salary tier levels will be added.
    • Family Coverage
      • Employee + Dependent Children
      • Family (Employee/Spouse/Dependent Children)

Prescription Drug Plan

OptumRx FAQs | Pharmacy SummaryOptumRx

  • Annual out-of-pocket (OOP) maximum has been added.
    • $2,250 - individual maximum; $6,750 - family maximum
    • The contract maximum is embedded into the family maximum, so no individual will have OOP cost exceeding $2,250 per calendar year.
  • Drug copays will increase by $5.
  • Tier 4 (Specialty drugs) has been added with an $100 copay.

Dental Plan

Summary Comparsion

  • UAH now offers dental plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama:
    • Access Plus Dental Basic Plan
    • Access Plus Dental Comprehensive Plan
  • Dental premiums will decrease for the 2017 plan year.

Vision Plan 

Summary Description

There are no plan design changes or premium increase for the 2017 plan year.

Flexible Spending Account

Healthcare FSA | Dependent Care | Savings Calculator | Reference Guide | Debit Card | PayFlex Mobile 

  • Flexible Spending Accounts allow you to set aside pre-tax earnings to pay for qualified out-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses. 
  • You must re-enroll each year to continue participation in the FSA plan.  
  • If no action is taken, your FSA and/or DCA participation will end December 31, 2016.
  • Maximum Annual Elections:
    • Medical: $2,600 per year (maximum allowed under Healthcare Reform)
    • Dependent Care: $5,000 per year ($2,500 for single filers per IRS guidelines)
  • You may carry-over up to $500 of unused health FSA balance from 2016 to 2017.  
    • The health FSA money carried over to the next year may be used only for claims incurred within the new plan year.


  • Debit card feature allows you to pay for eligible health care expenses at point of service.
  • Deadline for submitting claims for plan year is 90 days after the plan year ends (March 31, 2017).

Single Coverage

A third salary tier level will be added

Family Coverage

Family with no spouse (employee + dependent children)

Family with spouse  (employee + dependent children + spouse)