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 14, 2019, and ends promptly at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, November 1, 2019.

New to this process or simply need a refresher? Check out the Introductory Open Enrollment Video.  Don't have a chance to visit us at one of the Info Sessions listed below?  Click here to view the presentation.

Open Enrollment occurs in October/November and 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 November deadline. 

Please note:  People First has notified USF of spam calls and emails during Open Enrollment.  Please be cautious when giving out your personal information and read the Management Advisory for complete details. 

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.

2019 Benefits Fair & Wellness Expos will be hosted as follows:

  • St. Petersburg Campus:  Monday, October 21, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm in the University Student Center
  • Sarasota Campus:  Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm in the Selby Auditorium
  • Tampa Campus:  Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom

Please be sure to join us at one of the Benefits Fair & Wellness Expos to learn more about important Plan changes and the many benefits available to USF employees, including some of our Employee Perks Vendors who will be on hand with information and discounts on their products and services.

The Tampa Campus Benefits Fair and Wellness Expo will include Benefit and Wellness Information sessions on topics such as:

  • 2020 Plan Changes
  • Presentations from Healthcare Bluebook, Surgery Plus and Chard Snyder
  • Highlights of the Employee Assistance Program
  • Educational Benefits for Employees
  • Wellness Topics

The St. Petersburg Campus Benefits Fair and Wellness Expo will include presentations from Healthcare Bluebook, Surgery Plus and the Social Security Administration.

My Florida My Benefits Website

The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) has updated their website with new information regarding the changes for Open Enrollment. You can visit their website by clicking here.

2020 Plan Year Benefits Guide

View the 2020 plan year Employee Benefits Guide

Changes for the 2020 Plan Year

  • There is no change to the employee premiums* for individual, family or spouse health coverage. Employer health insurance premium contributions have increased for the 2020 plan year. Early retirees, COBRA participants, overage dependents, and surviving spouses will see an increase in their premium rates, as these groups pay the combined employer and employee premium. *Please note that benefits-eligible employees who have a reduced FTE (below 0.75/30 hours) will see an increase in their prorated premiums.
  • CVS has announced a change to the Prescription Drug Program to adopt Formulary Management.  This means that certain drugs will be excluded and will require prior authorization approval to be covered by the RX Plan. The Preferred Drug List, Maintenance List, and Specialty List are located on the State of Florida-specific CVS Caremark website and on the log-in site.
  • Dental Plan Changes:
    • MetLife and Ameritas dental plans will experience a premium rate increase for the 2020 Plan Year. Visit the myBenefits site for more information.
    • Humana Select 15 will be known as Humana HD 205 and the plan has expanded their network and covered services to include a broader range of services and providers.
    • Sun Life Freedom Advance will be known as Sun Life Indemnity PPO
  • For 2020, the health savings account (HSA) annual contribution maximum for employees enrolled in single coverage has increased to $3,550, and the family coverage HSA annual contribution has increased to $7,100, including the state’s contribution.
  • The Division of State Group Insurance (DSGI) is launching its third year of the Weight Management Pilot for eligible members of the Aetna, AvMed, Florida Blue, and United Healthcare plans. The pilot application period is open from Oct. 7 through Nov. 15, 2019. Click here for more information.
  • Securian Financial is offering a new tool called BenefitScout to help you compare your benefit options, get cost estimates, and determine what optional life insurance may be a good fit for you.  Look for more information to arrive via mail to your home/mailing address.

Here are a few reminders:

  • Three Ways to Save! With benefit options to shop for health care services, earn tax-free financial rewards, and reduce out of pocket health care costs. These new benefits are designed to save the state money and allow employees to share in those savings through the Shared Savings Program. Click here to watch a short video about this benefit!
    1. Healthcare Bluebook offers an online transparency portal that allows members to shop for health services based on cost and quality and earn financial rewards.
    2. Surgery Plus provides bundled surgical services with concierge-level support. By taking advantage of this benefit, members can earn financial rewards.
    3. Chard Snyder now offers a health reimbursement account. This new account is one of the options members can choose to receive any reward payments they have earned using Healthcare Bluebook or SurgeryPlus.
  • At the end of 2019, members will be allowed to carryover up to $500 of unused healthcare flexible spending account (FSA) and limited purpose FSA money into the next plan year. The “Grace Period” for incurring claims into the next calendar year has been eliminated for the healthcare FSA and limited purpose FSA. Please note that the carryover does not apply to the dependent care FSA, and the dependent care FSA will still have the “Grace Period” for incurring claims into the next calendar year.
  • To ensure accountability in the State Group Insurance Program, DSGI will request documents verifying the eligibility of newly added dependents as part of a monthly Quality Assurance Review. Visit the myBenefits website for more information.
  • Information about your benefits and premiums is available in your Annual Benefit Statement and online through People First. Additional information about these changes is available at

Open Enrollment Campus Wide Meetings

The Division of Human Resources will be conducting Open Enrollment Information meetings at the Tampa Campus that will highlight the benefit options for the 2020 Plan Year. These meetings will be held at the following dates and locations.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, 10/15 10am – 11am SVC 2070
Thursday, 10/17 12pm – 1pm SVC 2070
Friday, 10/18 11am - 12pm COPH Auditorium 1023-C
Tuesday, 10/22 3pm – 4pm SVC 2070

To attend these meetings, you must sign up through GEMS Self Service. Navigation: Main Menu > Self Service > Learning and Developing > Request Training Enrollment. Click Search by Course Name and type a keyword such as Open Enrollment into the field. You will see a listing of the training offerings. For help with registration, visit the instruction guide.

Open Enrollment Help Sessions

The Division of Human Resources is offering Open Enrollment Help Sessions at the Tampa Campus for those employees who may need assistance navigating the People First website to make their open enrollment elections and changes. You will need to bring your People First ID number, your password for the website and the social security number and date of birth for any dependents you may need to add to your coverage.

These sessions are available at the following dates and times:

Date Time Location
Tuesday, October 15th 1pm – 3pm SVC 2068
Thursday, October 17th 9am – 11am SVC 2068
Thursday, October 24th 9am – 11am SVC 2068
Thursday, October 24th 6pm – 7:30pm SVC 2068
Friday, October 25th 10am – 12pm SVC 2068
Monday, October 28th 10am – 12pm SVC 2068
Wednesday, October 30th 2:30pm – 4:30pm SVC 2068
Friday, November 1st 11am – 4pm SVC 2068

If you have questions about your benefits, please contact your HR Service Center Benefits Specialist or Regional HR Office.