Open Enrollment ends November 25 at midnight

To: UCSC Academic and Staff Employees

From: Willeen McQuitta, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Staff Human Resources; Pamela Peterson, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel

You have until Tuesday, November 25, to visit the Open Enrollment website to make UC health and welfare benefit plan changes for 2009. We encourage you to take any actions soon and not wait until the last minute to avoid any delays in accessing the website.

Actions you may take during Open Enrollment are the following:

. Change to a different medical plan.

. Change to a different dental plan (California residents only).

. Enroll eligible family members in your health plans.

. Enroll or re-enroll in the Health Flexible Spending Account (Health FSA) and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DepCare FSA). Even if you are currently enrolled in these plans, you must re-enroll to participate in 2009.

. Opt out of your medical, dental, or vision plan, or enroll in a new plan if you previously opted out.

. Change participation in the Tax Savings on Insurance Premiums (TIP) program (enrollment is automatic unless you opt out).

. Taking into account plan changes for 2009, if you are satisfied with your current coverage and do not need to make any changes for next year, you need not take any Open Enrollment action (except for Health FSA and DepCare FSA enrollment).

Open Enrollment actions will be effective as of January 1, 2009.