Open Enrollment 2011 – Week 3

To: UCSC Academic and Staff Employees

From: Charlotte Moreno, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Staff Human Resources; Pamela Peterson, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel/Senior Management Group Coordinator

Have you made your Open Enrollment changes?  If not, don’t wait until the last minute when traffic is typically heavy.  Consider taking some time now to take action.

If you are currently enrolled in Health Net HMO and your doctor will be a provider under the Health Net Blue & Gold HMO, or if you are willing to change doctors to take advantage of the lower Blue & Gold HMO premiums, you must go to At Your Service Online ( and elect the Blue & Gold HMO before 5 pm on November 23. 

During Open Enrollment you can also:

  • Enroll eligible family members, including your children up to age 26, 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 2011.  Please note:  Health FSA funds may no longer be used for over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin, cold medicine, cough drops, etc. unless you have a prescription for that medication.  Please take this change into consideration when determining your annual contribution amount.
  • Enroll in the Legal Plan.
For more information, see the UC Open Enrollment website:

If you have questions or need assistance with your open enrollment decisions, consider attending a presentation or participating in a drop-in help session: 

Meet Physicians Medical Group (PMG) of Santa Cruz County - If you are considering changing to a PMG Santa Cruz physician in order to take advantage of the lower Health Net Blue & Gold HMO premiums, you can attend a presentation by a PMG representative or drop-in to ask a question.  Please enroll for this presentation at

PMG Santa Cruz Presentations:

  • Wednesday, November 17, Merrill 102, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

PMG Santa Cruz Drop-In Help Sessions:

  • Wednesday, November 17, Merrill 102, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

If you are unable to attend at these times, you may also contact a PMG Patient Care Coordinator toll-free at (866) 875-3773 with your questions.

Open Enrollment Presentations - Receive an overview of Open Enrollment changes for 2011, including the Health Net Blue & Gold HMO, Anthem Lumenos PPO with HRA, eligibility changes for adult dependent children, and other health and welfare changes.  Please enroll for this presentation at

  • Monday, November 15, SHR Training Room, 1201 Shaffer Road, 3 pm - 4 pm
  • Thursday, November 18, Bay Tree Conference Center-Cervantes and Velasquez Room, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm *New*

Drop-In Help Desk/Open Lab - Have a quick question regarding Open Enrollment?  Need assistance making your Open Enrollment change?  Drop in to ask questions or receive assistance with making your Open Enrollment changes online. 

  • Monday, November 15, Kerr Lab 159 (Mac Lab), 11:30 am -1:30 pm
For individual assistance, contact the campus Benefits Office at 831-459-2013.