Your annual benefits Open Enrollment period is Monday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
For employees and retirees under age 65, there are plan changes for 2020 and you should review them.
There is a new plan option, Trio, that might be right for you and your family. You will need to seek care through a Primary Care Physician, so you should review the doctors available to you.
If you have the Stanford Health Care Alliance plan, you need to choose a Primary Care Physician. You can always change your Primary Care Physician at any time.
Don't forget: You must renew these accounts and accept your awards every year:
For Medicare-eligible retiree families, there are no plan changes for 2020. if you are still eligible for your plan and don't need to take action, your medical, dental and vision plan elections will automatically roll over to the 2020 rates.
Note that outside of Open Enrollment, you may not be able to change your health benefits unless you experience a qualified life event (such as getting married, having a baby, changing job status). View the Change Your Benefits page for more details.
Some actions you can take to help defray costs are:
Note: If you have an HSA, you cannot also have a health care FSA.
Ordinarily, medical plans do not send a new card each year, only when you change plans. In January 2020, SHCA will send plan members new cards listing their Primary Care Physician, and all three Blue Shield plans for active employees will send new ID cards with updated member services numbers. The dental and vision plans do not provide ID cards at all. You can find the group plan numbers for each in the online comparison charts.
Participating in BeWell is a great way to earn incentives while staying healthy. An employee who registers with the BeWell Program can earn up to $560 in taxable incentives, depending on participation level, and their spouse/registered domestic partner can earn a $220 incentive. Visit the BeWell website for program details.
The Cardinal at Work website aims to provide as many answers as possible to your benefits-related questions. Because of the personal nature of benefits, it may not speak to every situation. Below are some common questions and tasks, and how you should direct them.
Note: The University HR Service Team will not be able to help you with the above requests.
Contact the University HR Service Team at 877-905-2985 or 650-736-2985, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on holidays.