2024 Benefits Annual Enrollment

Annual Enrollment

Benefits Annual Enrollment October 9-27, 2023

 


This year’s Annual Enrollment (AE) period for benefit plan changes is Oct. 9-27, 2023. Changes made during the AE period will become effective Jan. 1, 2024, for the plan year Jan. 1, 2024 – Dec. 31, 2024. Great news for the upcoming year; many plan costs are remaining the same, while providing the same or enhanced benefits!

Annual Enrollment is your opportunity to review your benefit elections and make changes in plans and/or eligible dependents for the upcoming 2024 plan year. All members of the State Health Plan (SHP) must take action during Annual Enrollment since all SHP members will be defaulted into the Base PPO Plan (70/30). The employee must actively enroll in the Enhanced PPO Plan (80/20) and answer the question regarding tobacco use to eliminate the $60 monthly tobacco surcharge. If you respond that you are a tobacco user, you must complete a free tobacco cessation session no later than Nov. 30, 2023 AND attest regarding tobacco use during Annual Enrollment to eliminate the monthly surcharge for 2024. If you are not a tobacco user, simply attest to that during the Annual Enrollment period. Failure to take action will result in enrollment in the 70/30 plan and payment of the $60 monthly tobacco surcharge for the upcoming plan year.

(Note that this Annual Enrollment period does not apply to Postdocs and House Officers who are not eligible for the plans involved.)

 

What’s New

  • Remaining NCFlex plans (Dental, Vision, Accident, Flexible Spending Accounts, TRICARE coverage) moving to the “My UNC Benefits” platform for 2024 enrollment.
  • New hires and qualifying life events (QLEs) will continue to enroll on both platforms through Nov. 30, 2023. (Note that new hires will need to enroll in the NCFlex plans in both platforms since they will be enrolling in plans for 2023 and 2024)
  • Mandatory retirement plans will be visible in the “My UNC Benefits”, but no changes can be made as this was an irrevocable election.
  • Voluntary disability plans will be visible in the “My UNC Benefits”, and changes can be made during Annual Enrollment.

Online Enrollment Process

As a University employee, there are two enrollment platforms you will use when enrolling for benefits for 2024, depending upon which benefit you are enrolling in. You can link to both of the enrollment platforms via MyPack Employee Self Service. Enrollment instructions are as follows:

“My State Employee Benefits” (BenefitFocus) “My UNC Benefits” (Empyrean)
You will need to log into this platform to enroll/make changes to your elections for:
  • Medical (State Health Plan)
*For employees hired Sept. through Nov. 30 and those processing a qualifying life event (QLEs), see information below:
  • Dental*
  • Vision*
  • Accident*
  • Flexible Spending Accounts*
  • TRICARE coverage*

To make changes, go to MyPack Portal and log in. Under the Employee Self Service tiles > Click on the “Benefit Details” tile > Click on “My State Employee Benefits.” You will be logged into the online benefits enrollment portal. Once you have logged into the site, select “Get Started” on the home page and follow the prompts. After you have made your choices, and they are displayed for you to review and print, you must scroll down to the bottom and click “Save Changes” or your choices will not be recorded. Don’t overlook this critical step! Be sure to save/print a copy of your Confirmation Statement to review and save for your records before logging out.

You may also enroll via the BENEFITFOCUS Mobile App. (Note that the benefits enrollment portal contains SSNs, so by downloading the app, SSNs will show.)

You will need to log into this separate platform to enroll in/make changes to your elections for:
  • Cancer
  • Critical Illness
  • AD&D (Core or Voluntary)
  • UNC Life Insurance (Securian)
  • Dental*
  • Vision*
  • Accident*
  • Flexible Spending Accounts*
  • TRICARE coverage*

To make changes, go to MyPack Portal and log in. Under the Employee Self Service tiles > Click on the “Benefit Details” tile > Click on “My UNC Benefits.” You will be logged into a separate enrollment portal. Once you have logged into the site, you will see a pending event (i.e., open enrollment). Click “Continue” and follow the prompts. After you have made your enrollment choices, and they are displayed for your review, you must scroll down and click “Submit My Elections.” One last pop-up message will appear and you must click “Accept” or your choices will not be recorded. Don’t overlook this critical step! Be sure to save/print a copy of your Confirmation Statement to review and save for your records before logging out.

Questions? Call the eligibility and enrollment call center at 855-859-0966, Monday – Saturday*, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
*Remember that AE ends on Friday, Oct. 27th.
Questions? Call the Empyrean University Benefits Service Center at 833-862-1490, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET.

*New hires and anyone processing a qualifying life event through Nov. 30, 2023 must enroll/process on both platforms for effective dates in 2023 and 2024.

Be sure to review the webinars posted and attend an Annual Enrollment Information session detailing changes for next year. If you need help enrolling in your State-wide benefits, call 855-859-0966 or 833-862-1490 based upon the plan to enroll over the phone. Our goal is to ensure all staff and faculty complete the Annual Enrollment process correctly.


NCFlex/UNC System Benefit Plan Updates

  • The remaining NCFlex plans (Dental, Vision, Accident, Flexible Spending Accounts, TRICARE coverage) have moved to “My UNC Benefits” platform for 2024 enrollment. Be sure to review, then print/save confirmation statements from each platform to ensure you have made your desired changes for 2024.
  • For the UNC System life insurance, Securian, employees with existing coverage can elect to increase coverage by 1 salary multiple, up to the Guaranteed Issue amount of 3x salary. Existing spouse coverage may increase by one increment; not to exceed a new total of $50,000. New employee and/or Spouse coverage can be elected with Evidence of Insurability (EOI).
  • Dental premiums under High and Low options are increasing beginning Jan. 1, 2024.
  • No waiting period will apply if you switch dental options for 2024.

State Health Plan Updates


Other NCFlex Plan Updates

  • Remember to re-enroll in FSAs for the upcoming year!
  • Healthcare FSAs have a 2024 maximum annual election amount of $3,050.
  • The rollover limit for 2025 is $610 (minimum amount is $25). Funds elected for 2024 must be used between Jan. 1, 2024 – Dec. 31, 2024, and claims for that time period filed no later than Mar. 31, 2025.
  • Dependent Daycare FSAs have a 2024 maximum annual election amount of $5,000.
  • Funds elected for 2024 must be used between Jan. 1, 2024 – Mar. 31, 2025, and claims for that time period filed no later than Mar. 31, 2025.
  • To view your FSA account, go to ncflex.padmin.com.


Other Benefit Plans

  • Review the METLIFE LEGAL webpage for plan details. To change your enrollment in these plans, follow the applicable instructions for enrollment or cancellation no later than Oct. 27, 2023.
  • Review the VOLUNTARY LONG TERM DISABILITY webpage for plan details. To change your enrollment in these plans, follow the applicable instructions for enrollment or cancellation no later than Oct. 27, 2023.


Information Sessions

Annual Enrollment presentations will be conducted in person and via Zoom. You are cordially invited to attend one of these sessions to learn about benefit plan changes and updates for 2024. The schedule and registration for each session is below. You may register for any sessions that you’d like to attend.

*Those enrolling in the Zoom session will receive a confirmation email 3 days before the event. The Zoom link will be included in the confirmation email.

Date

Time

College/Dept.

Location

Registration

Monday, Sept. 259:00 a.m.FacilitiesJordan Hall, Room 1220 2800 Faucette Dr.Register
Thursday, Sept. 28
(en Fran├žais)
9:00 a.m.FacilitiesAdmin III, Room 124; 2601 Wolf Village WayRegister
Thursday, Sept. 283:00 p.m.BTECLecture Hall (Room 135); 850 Oval Dr.Register
Friday, Sept. 2910:00 a.m.Innovation and EntrepreneurshipGarage classroom; 1017 Main Campus Dr., Suite 1650Register
Tuesday, Oct. 3
(en Español)
8:00 a.m.FacilitiesJordan Hall, Room 1220 2800 Faucette Dr.Register
Wednesday, Oct. 49:30 a.m.CVMCVM Main Building - A101 Library (1060 William Moore Dr.)Register
Wednesday, Oct. 41:00 p.m.DELTA and NCSCaLEMcKimmon Center; Room 232Register
Wednesday, Oct. 42:30 p.m.DELTA and NCSCaLEMcKimmon Center; Room 232Register
Thursday, Oct. 59:00 a.m.COSStanley G. Stephens Room in Thomas Hall, Room 3503Register
Thursday, Oct. 512:00 p.m.Finance and AdministrationAdmin. II, 2711 Sullivan Dr., Room 101Register
Friday, Oct. 610:00 a.m.Zoom Session*VirtualRegister
Wednesday, Oct. 111:00 p.m.Zoom Session*VirtualRegister
Wednesday, Oct. 1810:30 a.m.Textiles and Graduate School1020 Main Campus Dr.; Convocation Center, Room 2225Register

Tips and Resources

Tips

  • Review information carefully.
  • Take time to plan for the upcoming year.
  • Remember to re-enroll in FSAs for the upcoming year!
  • Don’t wait until the last minute!
  • Review, add and/or update beneficiaries in the enrollment portal for applicable plans.
  • All enrollments must be completed online and submitted no later than Oct. 27, 2023.
  • For online enrollment, don’t forget to SAVE! Once you submit your election during the Annual Enrollment period, you may not make changes.
  • Print/save confirmation statement from BOTH online enrollment platforms or record date/time of your phone enrollment or save screenshot from app enrollment.
  • State Health Plan premiums are deducted in advance, so the first premium for 2024 is deducted in the December 2023 paycheck.
  • Review your State Health Plan premium deduction in December 2023 for accuracy, compare what was deducted to your confirmation statement and contact Benefits if you see an error.
  • Review your January 2024 paycheck for accuracy of all other deductions. Compare what was deducted to your confirmation statement and contact Benefits if you see an error.

Additional Resources

If you need assistance from UHR Benefits, you may submit an Annual Enrollment HRNow case detailing your inquiry.