Stanford Benefits and BeWell are providing a digital experience where you can connect with vendors, learn more about your benefits and design a plan that prioritizes your well-being.
No matter where self-care landed on your To Do list as you faced the challenges of 2020, this fall brings a new opportunity to spice up your routine.
The Virtual Open Enrollment & Wellness Fair, available to employees from Oct. 26 to Nov. 13, 2020, features three days of live programming during the lunch hour. Find new inspriation with Healthy Living class teasers from BeWell, fitness class demos from Stanford Recreation & Wellness and a (virtual) appearance by therapy animals from Pet Partners.
Many of the participating vendors will also host live chat on those days, if you have questions or seek personalized guidance.
In addition, throughout the three weeks of Open Enrollment, the Stanford Benefits team will host six live information sessions on Zoom for employees (and three for Stanford retirees), specific to changing your benefits for 2021. The sessions are at various times during the day to accommodate more work schedules.
On the days when there is no live programming, employees can still log into the fair site to see digital resources, including some pre-recorded programming.
When the fair begins, the link to the virtual site will be available through the Open Enrollment events page on Cardinal at Work.
As individual events, the Wellness Fair and the Open Enrollment Fair both encourage employees to make use of the benefits available to them to improve their physical and mental health. Merging the two makes it easier for you to find what you need in one place, and so you can make informed health and wellness choices.
“This was not the year to cancel the conversation about wellness,” said Les Schleagel, associate vice president of benefits in University Human Resources. “In a year when we believe people have limited their preventative health and in-person doctor’s visits, and have had many of their routines and favorite healthy activities disrupted, it’s become vital to make health and wellness opportunities more accessible.”
No matter what 2021 brings, paying attention to your physical and mental health will continue to be one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family, and to keep your health care costs low.
Employees have access to the same medical, dental and vision plans for 2021.
There are no changes in copays, deductibles or out-of-pocket maximums.
Some semi-monthly premium rates have increased, and some remain unchanged from 2020.
Kaiser remains the lowest-cost plan, and employee-only coverage in Kaiser remains free for full-time employees.
The Delta Dental Basic plan is still free for full-time employee and dependent coverage; there is a slight increase in the Delta Dental Enhanced plan. There is no change in costs for the VSP vision plan for 2021.
The university's contribution to health savings accounts in 2021 will increase to $750 for employee-only coverage or $1,500 for dependent coverage. The IRS annual contribution limits are also increasing to $3,600 for employee-only coverage and $7,200 for dependent coverage.
In 2021, you can contribute up to $2,750 in before-tax dollars to your health care FSA (an increase of $50). The IRS has increased the carryover limit; you can rollover up to $550 of unused FSA dollars to 2021.
Printed Guidebooks to Benefits Open Enrollment will be mailed to employees and retirees the week of Oct. 12.
Find more resources and reminders on the Open Enrollment site.