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UC Benefits' Open Enrollment 2024

This year, the University’s Open Enrollment for 2024 benefits begins on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 8 a.m. and ends on Friday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. Although there are no major changes in medical plan coverage, it will be important for you to review options because plans will reflect varying increases in premium rates. For employee medical plan costs in 2024, click here.

Like other employers nationwide, the University is experiencing cost increases due to three main factors that impact medical plan premiums — costs for medical care, costs for prescription drugs, and how much medical care is utilized by the insured population. To help mitigate the impact of rising costs on UC employees, retirees and their families, the UC Office of the President approved a significant budget increase for 2024 — an additional $84 million for employees and $9 million for Medicare-eligible retirees. These additional subsidies directly reduce premiums for employees, retirees and their families.

2024 Changes

Several important enhancements to benefits will be available across all of UC’s employee plans:

  • FDA-approved over-the-counter contraceptive drugs and devices will have $0 cost share (after the deductible, for UC Health Savings Plan and CORE) and no prescription requirement.
  • Male sterilization (vasectomy services) will have $0 cost share (after the deductible, for UC Health Savings Plan and CORE), if obtained in-network.
  • Health Net will transition the administration of their behavioral health benefit from Managed Health Network (MHN) to Health Net Behavioral Health. Coverage, benefits and the provider network will not be affected by this transition.
  • Effective January 1, 2024, a provision of the Inflation Reduction Act will enhance coverage for Medicare participants with high prescription drug costs. Medicare participants who reach the catastrophic phase ($8,000 in drug costs) will no longer be responsible for any Medicare Part D out-of-pocket costs. This change will affect the UC Medicare Choice PPO and Kaiser Senior Advantage Medicare plans.
  • UC continues to pay the full cost of dental and vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents. Employee vision plan coverage for contact lenses will change from a combined maximum benefit of $160 for lenses and exam to a maximum benefit of $160 for lenses, with the exam covered separately with a co-pay of up to $60.
  • UC’s accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity plans will be administered by Prudential in 2024.

Learn More

As always, UC is offering a full range of tools and resources to help you make informed decisions. Starting Monday, Oct. 23, visit UC’s Open Enrollment website for an overview of choices, changes and costs — and check your postal mailbox for your Open Enrollment packet, including medical plan comparison charts. Also, visit UCnet for more information on the planned changes.

If you decide not to make a change during Open Enrollment, your current health coverage will continue in 2024; however, your costs may change. Log in to UCPath starting Thursday, Oct. 26, at 8 a.m. to see the medical plan premiums that apply to you and make your benefit elections. Be sure to finalize and submit your choices by Friday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m.

Finally, you may have heard Anthem Blue Cross and UC’s health system are in negotiations to keep UC health care providers in the Anthem Blue Cross network when the current agreement expires. Please note, these negotiations do not affect in-network availability for employees and retirees who have coverage through UC Care, UC Health Savings and UC Core plans, and UC students with SHIP coverage. 

Related Information

2024 Open Enrollment Vendor Information