2018 open enrollment – prepare to take action

For most benefits-eligible employee groups (at this time not including those represented by Local 11 or those at Verdugo Hills Hospital), significant changes to health care plans are coming in 2018 – so this year is different.

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New medical plan options, new incentives that can save us money, and new actions to take all mean we’ll want to prepare for enrollment to ensure we each get the right plan at the best price.

Over the past few years, our health plans haven’t changed a lot, nor has there been much urgency around making choices during open enrollment. But 2018 brings a number of important changes including expanded access to quality providers and medical plans designed specifically for USC employees. In addition, we can save $780 a year or more off the cost of our medical plan by taking a few simple steps to improve and maintain health, which will also help build an overall culture of wellness across our campuses.

So this year, take an active role in the open enrollment process:

  • LEARN about what’s new and different, and the steps you need to take. Check out the new website dedicated to the 2018 changes (if you’re represented by CNA Keck, NUHW Keck or NUHW Norris, your open enrollment site is here), and consider attending an open enrollment presentation or benefits fair at your location.
  • ENROLL during 2018 benefits open enrollment, which runs October 30 – November 21. If you don’t enroll, you may not have the coverage you want next year. And you could pay more than you need to.
  • SAVE by completing these simple steps that can earn you $780 or more in 2018.

You’ll find everything you need to know and do on the new open enrollment website: https://openenrollment.usc.edu. If you’re represented by CNA Keck, NUHW Keck or NUHW Norris, your website is https://benefits.usc.edu/open-enrollment-keck-norris-union/.

If you have questions or need help with your benefits, contact the HR Service Center at uschr@usc.edu or (213) 821-8100.

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