Annual Benefit Enrollment (Open Enrollment)

Annual Enrollment Has Closed

The annual enrollment period has officially closed with any benefit changes becoming effective on September 1, 2017. You are encouraged to confirm your annual enrollment selections by viewing your annual enrollment document in iBenefits. Please note that the “My Benefits” section shows current benefit coverage, so the annual enrollment changes will not show under that section until after September 1, 2017.

 Past Enrollment Information

Annual Benefit Enrollment (Open Enrollment), July 1–31, is the time for employees to review their benefits and consider any changes to make for the FY 2018 plan year, effective September 1, 2017.

Open Enrollment is conducted online through iBenefits in the Single Sign-On menu.

Plan Changes Starting September 1, 2017:  

  • No changes to premiums for full-time employees and retirees enrolled in the A&M Care Plans and a very small increase for part-time employees.
  • The employee premium for employee-only and employee-and spouse coverage in the Graduate Student Employee Health Plan will remain the same, with an increase in the other dependent tiers.
  • Optional life insurance rates are increasing.
  • Superior Vision will be replacing EyeMed as the new vision provider with a slight reduction in rates.
  • The maximum annual election for a healthcare Flexible Spending Account will increase from $2,550 to $2,600.
  • A 9-month deduction option for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) will no longer be offered. Each FSA deduction will be one twelfth of your annual election amount. This means for employees working less than 12 months, 4 months of deductions will be taken in May, just like the rest of your benefit premium deductions such as Medical and Dental.
  • Working Retirees and Graduate Fellows can no longer have premiums deducted from their paychecks. Premiums will be bank drafted or billed monthly. For this reason, working Retirees are no longer eligible for Flexible Spending Accounts.

The following are some things you can do now:

  1. Review, and update if necessary, your contact information in HRConnect. Having this information updated in advance of open enrollment will ensure you receive important communications.
  2. Review the Health Plan Premiums for FY2018 and Frequently Asked Questions

If you have no changes: After reviewing your coverage - if you are happy with your current benefit coverage and do not plan to make changes - no additional action is required!  Current coverage will continue forward into the new benefit plan year withone exception, a flexible spending account MUST be actively re-enrolled every year. This includes both the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Spending Account.

Please use this information as you plan for your benefit selections during the open enrollment period which runs from July 1 through July 31.  

For questions, contact Benefit Services at or (979) 862-1718.