Benefits fairs scheduled to help employees with open enrollment

September 19, 2016 | UToday
By Staff

With open enrollment for 2017 health benefits just around the corner, Human Resources and Talent Development will hold the 2016 Employee Benefits Fair.

The 2016 Employee Benefits Fair will take place Thursday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center on Main Campus, and the Health Science Campus Benefits Fair will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Morse Center.

HR 179 Benefits Fair Flyer_v5Representatives from insurance carriers, retirement representatives, and Healthy U and other health-care professionals will be available to answer questions.

Stop by to learn about benefits and complete a passport for a chance to win prizes.

The University of Toledo will offer open enrollment for 2017 health benefits during the month of October, and new benefits elections will be effective Jan. 1.

Similar to last year, open enrollment will be conducted online through the myUT portal.

What is different from last year: Employees will not need to complete the online open enrollment process if they are not planning to make any changes and do not have a medical spending account, dependent care account or health savings account.

Human Resources is available to partner with employees by providing the information and assistance needed to select the most appropriate benefits plan during open enrollment.

“The most important advice we can provide to an employee is to be an active participant in the open enrollment process,” Jovita Thomas-Williams, vice president and chief human resources officer, said. “Health-care needs can vary from year to year, and when you combine that with the changing health-care landscape, it’s critical for employees to educate themselves on their available coverage options and re-evaluate their choices.”

Employees can access the open enrollment link on the myUT portal located on the University’s internal website, From there, they may access the employee tab and click the open enrollment link under the benefits section. A series of prompts will lead them through the process. Employees will need their user name and password to enter the portal.

“The myUT online enrollment portal is easy and convenient, takes just a few minutes, and can be done anywhere with access to computers, laptops, tablets or smart devices,” Thomas-Williams said.

Details regarding each health-care plan will be on the benefits website beginning Friday, Sept. 30. The open enrollment portal will be available starting Saturday, Oct. 1, through Monday, Oct. 31.

During the month of October, computers will be available for employee access Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Human Resources and Talent Development Office in Academic Services Center Room 1000 on Scott Park Campus.

Employees with questions about the online enrollment are advised to email Individuals with more complex questions or who desire one-on-one assistance to enroll can schedule time to meet with a benefit representative for assistance through that email address.

If you are having technical issues with the myUT portal, contact the IT Help Desk at 419.530.2400 on Main Campus or 419.383.2400 on Health Science Campus.

Open enrollment ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, but employees are encouraged not to wait until the last minute.

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