How to handle different Open Enrollment periods

open-enrollment-2017-logoOpen Enrollment for your 2017 benefits is right around the corner. Are you ready?

Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 17 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31. Elections are effective Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2017, unless you have a qualifying event like getting married or having a baby.

If you have a spouse who works for another employer that also offers benefits, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center, you should carefully consider the option that works best for your family.

If your spouse’s open enrollment period coincides with Vanderbilt’s, you can easily compare plans and enroll in the best combination to meet your needs. If your spouse’s open enrollment period occurs after Vanderbilt’s, you should still make your elections during our open enrollment period. Then, if you need to make changes to your Open Enrollment elections after the enrollment period is over, you can do so by declaring a life event in My VU Benefits and selecting “Gain or Loss of Coverage Elsewhere.” Please note that changing your benefits will prompt you to complete a new Open Enrollment window for 2017 benefits.

Keep in mind if your spouse is on the Vanderbilt Health Plan and has access to coverage through another employer, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center, you will be charged a $100 monthly spousal coverage fee.

Remember that beginning in 2017, same-sex domestic partners and their children will no longer be eligible for coverage under Vanderbilt benefit plans. Only spouses and natural, step- and adopted children will be eligible for benefit coverage, including the dependent tuition benefit and FMLA.

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