Open Enrollment


Thank you for visiting our Open Enrollment website. Here, you will find updates and information regarding this year's Open Enrollment changes, including activities and helpful  links for learning about your benefit options.

Open Enrollment begins Monday, October 11, 2021, and ends promptly at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, october 29, 2021.

5 Steps to a Successful Open Enrollment

address update1. Ensure that you receive all benefit-related information in a timely manner by updating your contact information.

Update Contact Information

Open Enrollment is the perfect time to review your contact information in GEMS and People First to ensure that you receive all benefit-related information in a timely manner. Any updates made in GEMS Self Service are sent automatically to People first each night. For instructions on how to update your address(es) with USF via MyUSF, click here for the instructional guide.

2022 circle2.  Don't miss out on what's new for 2022 Plan year.

Learn about what’s new for 2022

Changes for the 2022 Plan Year (Video 5 minutes)

  • Diabetes Management Pilot Program
  • Telehealth services covered for all eligible primary and specialist care visits (subject to copays)
  • Over-the-counter drugs eligible for reimbursement under Healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts
  • Premium increases for Ameritas and MetLife dental plans
  • Health Savings Account contribution limit increases
  • Dependent Care Account annual contribution maximum reduced to $5,000

Important Dates and Reminders for the 2022 Plan Year (Video 5 minutes)

2022 Plan Year Benefits Guide

My Benefits My Florida Open Enrollment 2022 Website

State Health Plans Review (Video 5 minutes)                                                                   Compare and contrast the Standard and High Deductible plans as well as discuss the   difference between HMO and PPO plans.

Dental Plans Review (Video 5 minutes)                                                                           Breakdown of dental plan types and how they work.

Rocky with ipad3.  The Benefits Fair is virtual this year - webinars are ongoing.

Attend the Virtual Benefits Fair

From September 27th through October 22nd, the Department of State Group Insurance is hosting a virtual benefits fair that includes an Open Enrollment webinar series providing you with the opportunity to learn more about all state benefit offerings at a time that is convenient for you.

rocky at kiosk4. Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to make any changes you want to your State Group Insurance benefits.

Make Enrollment Elections

Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to make any changes you want to your State Group Insurance benefits. You can change your benefits as many times as you want before the October 29th deadline. 

Accessing People First (Video 3 minutes)                                                                                 Learn about your options to make your elections and tips for accessing the People First portal including finding your People First log in ID and resetting your password.

Navigating the People First portal  (Video 7 minutes)                                                         Please use Firefox or Google Chrome and disable pop-ups to view this video:  A step-by-step guide to enrolling on the People First portal

Log in to People First to make your choices (changes, additions, and/or drop in coverages) and remember to select the Complete Enrollment button when you are ready to save changes. If you make Open Enrollment changes, look for a mailed confirmation statement in early November. Be sure all changes are correct, any eligible dependents are enrolled in coverage, and any ineligible dependents have been removed.

rocky on laptop5. Premiums are deducted a month in advance so it is important to review your benefits deductions on December 2021 and January 2022 paychecks.

Review Premium Deductions

Please note that benefits premiums are deducted a month in advance so it is important to review your deductions on December 2021 paychecks for changes and notify us at with any discrepancies.

Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account contributions are deducted during the coverage month. Any changes to these accounts will begin with January 2022 paychecks.

Need Assistance?

Click HERE to submit an Open Enrollment question or join a member of the Benefits team during one of our Open Enrollment Q&A sessions:

Tuesday, October 12 - 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Wednesday, October 13 - 10:00 to 11:30 am

Thursday, October 14 - 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Monday, October 18 - 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Tuesday, October 19 - 10:00 to 11:00 am

Wednesday, October 20 - 9:00 to 10:00 am

Thursday, October 21 - 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Friday, October 22 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Monday, October 25 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Wednesday, October 27 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Friday, October 29 - 9:00 to 10:00 am

If you have questions about your benefits, please contact the Central HR Benefits team or Regional HR Office.