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Participate in Open Enrollment to avoid receiving default benefits

Oct. 23, 2013, 11:32 AM

There’s just one week left! Open Enrollment for 2014 benefits ends Oct. 31, and all benefits-eligible employees should enroll.

It’s important to enroll so that you don’t lose valuable credits or pay for coverage you do not want. The chart, below, shows your default benefits for 2014 if you don’t enroll.

If you haven’t enrolled yet, visit the Open Enrollment website to review your insurance and spending account options and make your benefits choices for the upcoming calendar year.

Which benefits are part of Open Enrollment?

Benefit Core (required) or Voluntary (optional)

Default Benefits (if you don’t enroll)

Health Plan Core – you must enroll or waive coverage
  • Keep your same health plan option, except former BlueCross BlueShield members will move to Aetna Select option. If you waived health coverage for 2013, your waiver will remain in effect for 2014.
  • Miss out on a $20/month credit toward premiums, if you and your covered family members are tobacco-free.
  • Pay a $100/month spouse or same-sex domestic partner coverage fee unless you designate that your spouse/partner is on the Vanderbilt Health Plan and has no employer health care coverage options.
Dental Plan Voluntary
  • Have the same coverage for 2014 that you had for 2013.
Vision Plan Voluntary
  • Have the same coverage for 2014 that you had for 2013.
Short-Term Disability Core for non-union staff; voluntary for union staff
  • flexPTO-eligible employees will be enrolled automatically in both levels of short-term disability: no-cost base coverage, paid by Vanderbilt, and “buy-up” coverage, paid by the employee. (non-union staff)
  • Have the same coverage for 2014 that you had for 2013. (union staff)
Flexible Spending Accounts Voluntary
  • Have no money designated for your Health Care or Dependent Care FSAs for 2014, even if you had money in your accounts for 2013.
Pharmacy Automatic
  • Have coverage (included with all health plan options).
Accidental Death & Dismemberment Voluntary
  • Have the same coverage for 2014 that you had for 2013.

How to enroll

It’s quick and easy to enroll.

  1. Go to the Open Enrollment homepage. Click on the button for Enroll Now.
  2. You will see three documents to help you navigate your benefits.
  3. Once you have viewed the documents, click on the Enroll link at the bottom of the screen. Log in with your VUnetID and ePassword.
  4. To enroll, follow the steps and print or email your confirmation statement when you’re done.

Need Help Enrolling?

Join us for an Enrollment Lab. HR will have computers and staff to assist you.

Day Time Location
Oct. 16-31 (M-F) 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. HR Express, 2525 West End Ave., 2nd Floor
Oct. 28 7:30–11 a.m. Rand/Sarratt Function Room 226
Oct. 29 1–4 p.m. Children’s Hospital, Room B-319


Please contact the Employee Service Center at or 343-7000.