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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is your next opportunity to change your benefits and add or drop dependents from coverage.

Unless you have a qualifying life event, your next opportunity to change your benefits and add or drop dependents from coverage will be October 26 to November 13, 2020. 

Learn more about life events and how to Change Your Benefits

Resources for Changing Your Benefits in 2020

Infographic: Choosing a Plan

medical plan infographic

There is no “one size fits all” medical plan, so if you aren’t sure where to start, these prompts might set you on the right path.

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View the text-only version of the infographic


Medical Contribution Assistance Program (MCAP) expands

If your family's Adjusted Gross Income on your federal taxes is $100,000 or less, the university may lower the amount you pay to cover your family on your medical plan. You can apply for MCAP mid-year as your financial situation changes.

Learn more about MCAP


Eligibility change for California domestic partners

California has dropped the age 62 requirement for opposite-sex partners. You can now enroll these previously ineligible partners and dependents once you've registered with the state.

Find out how to certify your dependents


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  • Every year you must renew: your health savings account (HSA), health care flexible spending account (FSA), dependent day care FSA, Child Care Subsidy Grant (CCSG), and Medical Contribution Assistance Program (MCAP) award. These benefits do not automatically roll over.
  • Waive coverage: Employees who don’t need medical coverage through Stanford next year may waive coverage during Open Enrollment.

  • Only during Open Enrollment: Outside of your new hire window, you can only enroll in critical illness insurance and pre-paid legal services during Open Enrollment.

Working toward zero waste by 2030

We’re reducing the amount of materials we create for Open Enrollment, in support of the university’s Zero Waste 2030 initiative. We started by listening to your ideas from last year’s Open Enrollment exit survey.

See what steps we’re taking now and how you can help