The annual Open Enrollment Period for insurance benefit changes begins Monday, May 16, 2022 and continues through Monday, June 6, 2022. During this time you may make changes to your benefit plan elections. In many cases, the next opportunity to modify your benefit coverage will be July 1, 2023. Please review the following information carefully and submit any change requests through WorkDay by June 6, 2022. Please visit the following links, most relating to the open enrollment, for more information.
Need Help Choosing Your Benefits? Use ALEX, the official Amherst benefits counselor, who will walk you through the process of picking your best benefits and provides easy-to understand explanations for any questions you have along the way. Visit https://www.myalex.com/amherst/2022 to give ALEX a try.
Please join us at one of the upcoming benefit enrollment meetings by Zoom or by telephone, where you will have the opportunity to gather information and to discuss any benefits issues or changes you may be contemplating.
- Friday May 20, 2022 11am to 12pm
- Tuesday May 31, 2022 11am to 12pm
As it was last year, all open enrollment changes at Amherst will be submitted through WorkDay. Paper change forms will not be accepted.
Information of how to use WorkDay to make open enrollment changes:
Health and Dental Information
|Health Plan Information -- the SBC, the Summary of Benefits and Coverage is detailed, good for side-by-side comparisons. The Summary of Benefits is a readable, succinct guide to the plan.|
|HMO Blue||SBC||Summary of Benefits|
|HMO Blue Deductible Plan||SBC||Summary of Benefits|
|Blue Choice (point of service plan)||SBC||Summary of Benefits|
|Blue Care PPO (out-of-state residents, only)||SBC||Summary of Benefits|
|Blue Care Elect Saver with Coinsurance (high deductible plan)||SBC||Summary of Benefits|
|Dental Plan Information|
|Dental Blue Freedom||Summary of Benefits|
|Dental Blue Freedom with Orthodontic||Summary of Benefits|
A word about networks
Our health plans use the terms in-network and out-of-network to describe coverage. For three of our health plans, HMO Blue, HMO Blue Deductible and Blue Choice, the network is the HMO Blue network, which covers most of the doctors and facilities in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Urgent and emergency care is covered anywhere in the world with these plans, but conventional coverage is considered in-network when it is provided within the HMO Blue network. The high deductible plan, Blue Care Elect Saver Plan with Co-insurance, uses the PPO or EPO network, which is much larger. In-network with this plan means participating doctors and facilities nationwide.
Sliding Scale Consideration
Applying for sliding scale will be done by zoom meetings or by arrangement with a Human Resources representative. Eligibility will be determined by the total income line, line 9 on your 2021 IRS 1040 form or the equivalent line on other tax returns. Please note, W-2s cannot be used to document income.
Sliding Scale Virtual Sessions:
- Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
- Monday, May 23, 2022, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
- Friday, June 3, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Amherst Plan (Flex Spending) Information
Flex spending may be elected at Open Enrollment. Please note, that if you are currently participating in flex spending, you must make a new election to continue your participation in the new fiscal year -- this is not automatic.The limits this year are $2,850 for health care flex spending account and $5,000 for a dependent care flex spending account.
IRS Publication 502 -- Allowable Medical Expenses
IRS Publication 503 -- Allowable Dependent Care Expenses
Vision Insurance Information
Note: Blue Cross medical plans come with one free basic vision exam per year. EyeMed provides one free vision exam (including a contacts exam), and co-pay benefits for glasses and contacts at participating vendors.
Life and Long Term Disability Insurance Information
At Open Enrollment, an employee may elect up to one step of optional coverage without providing evidence of insurability. That is, if you have basic life coverage, you can elect 1x optional life coverage. If you have 1x, you can elect 2x and so on.
You may elect more than one step of optional coverage at any time by completing the Prudential Evidence of Insurability form and returning it to Prudential. They may require additional information. Once approved, your changes will be entered by an HR benefits partner.
At Open Enrollment, you may elect child coverage and/or spouse coverage. Spouse coverage is available in the amounts of $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000. Please note that the $50,000 level requires that your spouse submit an Evidence of Insurability form to Prudential and be approved.
Retirement Plan Elections
You may change your election to your 403(b) plan at any time -- but not through WorkDay. Visit TIAA by going to:
There, you will find directions on how to change your elections and the single sign-on link to TIAA, which will log you in automatically. The changes you make at TIAA will be transmitted to WorkDay.