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Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to reflect upon your current benefit elections and make any needed changes for the upcoming year.

During this period, you may add or remove eligible dependents, and change your benefit elections, with most changes going into effect on January 1, 2021. Please remember that changes requested outside of Open Enrollment must be accompanied by a Qualified Life Event (QLE).

Open Enrollment Events

Although the pandemic limits the way we traditionally gather this year, we are excited to offer our first virtual fair this year. This format offers employees a convenient way to engage with the open enrollment period and still receive support from our team as well as our vendor partners. GW Benefits and our vendor partners will be hosting webinars each week and will also provide weekly 1:1 meetings to help you in your decision making. On Fridays, we will host GWell Lunch-n-Learn webinars focused on well-being topics.

Let's Get Started

Take time to review the resources below, including the Benefits Overview which outlines the changes and enhancements for 2021.

The 2021 Open Enrollment Guide (coming soon!) is an in-depth look at your benefit choices.

We encourage you to sign up for a vendor webinar and make a 1:1 appointment with a GW Benefits vendor partner to help make the best choices for you and your family. 

What Happens If I Don't Take Action?

If you choose not to take action, your existing coverage options will roll over into the next year with the exception of the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) and Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) options, which require you to actively re-enroll each year.

Flu Shots

As we know, the flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both likely be spreading this fall and winter.  That means that getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever. The CDC highly recommends all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine.

As announced in late August, GW has launched an Occupational Health Program to support the health, safety, and well-being of all employees.  For faculty and staff working on campus this fall, flu shots will be administered by Occupational Health. Dates and locations for the October clinics are in the process of being scheduled. Please visit the Occupational Health website for details.

Employees covered by a GW medical plan through UnitedHealthcare can visit their primary care physicians, area pharmacies and convenience care clinics to receive a flu shot at no cost. If you are not covered on a GW medical plan, please verify costs with your health insurance company. Most plans will cover the full cost of seasonal flu shots.

Open Enrollment Resources

The Benefits Overview provides a summary of the changes and enhancements this Open Enrollment season.

The annual Open Enrollment Guide, provides information on the 2021 benefit offerings, rates, resources, and other decision tools to help guide your enrollment process. 

Please vist the ACA webpage for more information. 

​2021 Summaries of Benefits and Coverage (SBCs):

2021 Prescription Drug Benefits (PDF)

  • Provides a list of preferred prescription options that you can ask your doctor to consider prescribing, when medically appropriate. 

If adding a new dependent to coverage during Annual Open Enrollment, supporting documentation (e.g. copies of birth or marriage certificates) must be received by Benefits by Friday, October 30, 2020. You can submit documentation two ways:

  • You have the ability to upload documents on the pre-confirmation webpage when confirming 2021 benefit elections in EasyEnroll; or,
  • You may submit your supporting documentation via email at [email protected] or fax at (571) 553-8385.

Non-Active Employee Groups 

The 2021 Open Enrollment period for GW retirees continuing benefits through PayFlex begins on October 5, 2020 and closes at 8 p.m. (ET) on October 23, 2020 and is only for retirees or dependents continuing benefits through PayFlex. 

The following resources will help guide you through your choices:

Please note: GW retiree medical coverage cannot be added; once medical coverage is dropped, it cannot be reinstated.

Making Benefit Elections or Changes

If you are enrolled in benefits through PayFlex, you will receive an Open Enrollment packet from PayFlex via mail. If you wish to make changes to your benefits for 2020, please complete the enrollment form found in the Open Enrollment packet and mail it to PayFlex at the following address:

PayFlex Systems USA, Inc.
P.O. Box 953374
St. Louis, MO 63195-3374

Please note: Completed enrollment forms must be postmarked no later than October 23, 2020.

For questions regarding the enrollment process, premiums or billing, please contact PayFlex at (800) 359-3921 or visit the Payflex website.

*Please remember that changes requested outside of Open Enrollment must be accompanied by a Qualified Life Event (QLE).

Reminders:

If you do not need to make any changes to your benefits for 2021, you do not need to take any action. Your existing coverage options will roll over into the next year, and your premiums will automatically adjust.

If you are adding a dependent to your coverage, all supporting documentation must be submitted to GW Benefits by Friday, October 30, 2020. Please submit your supporting documentation via email at [email protected] or fax at (571) 553-8385.

Special Note: Open Enrollment for retirees and dependents age 65 and older, participating in medical, pharmacy, vision or dental plans through Via Benefits, will be held October 15 through December 7, 2020.  Please review the Via Benefits Open Enrollment newsletter for a summary of the Open Enrollment process for post-65 retirees continuing coverage through Via Benefits. For more information, please contact Via Benefits at (855) 232-5748 or visit the Via Benefits website.

The 2021 Open Enrollment period for LTD recipients continuing benefits through PayFlex begins on October 5, 2020, and closes at 8 p.m. (ET) on October 23, 2020. Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review, enroll in or make changes to your health and welfare benefits and to add or drop coverage for eligible dependents. Most benefit elections or changes made during Open Enrollment are effective January 1, 2021.

3) The Open Enrollment period that runs October 5-23, 2020, is only for LTD recipients or dependents continuing benefits through PayFlex. Open Enrollment for LTD recipients and dependents age 65 and older, participating in medical, pharmacy, vision or dental plans through Via Benefits, will be held October 15 through December 7, 2020.  Please review the Via Benefits Open Enrollment newsletter for a summary of the Open Enrollment process for post-65 LTD recipients and dependents continuing coverage through Via Benefits. For more information, please contact Via Benefits at (855) 232-5748 or visit the Via Benefits website.

Resources

Making Benefit Elections or Changes

If you are enrolled in benefits through PayFlex, you will receive an Open Enrollment packet from PayFlex via mail. If you wish to make changes to your benefits for 2021, please complete the enrollment form found in the Open Enrollment packet and mail it to PayFlex at the following address:

PayFlex Systems USA, Inc.
P.O. Box 953374
St. Louis, MO 63195-3374

Please note: Completed enrollment forms must be postmarked no later than October 23, 2020.

For questions regarding the enrollment process, premiums or billing, please contact PayFlex at (800) 359-3921 or visit the Payflex website

*Please remember that changes requested outside of Open Enrollment must be accompanied by a Qualified Life Event (QLE).

The 2021 Open Enrollment period for COBRA participants continuing benefits through PayFlex begins on October 5, 2020 and closes at 8 p.m. (ET) on October 23, 2020.

Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review, enroll in or make changes to your health and welfare benefits and to add or drop coverage for eligible dependents. Most benefit elections or changes* made during Open Enrollment are effective January 1, 2021.

Resources:

*Please remember that changes requested outside of Open Enrollment must be accompanied by a Qualified Life Event (QLE).


Reminders

If you do not need to make any changes to your benefits for 2021, you do not need to take any action. Your existing coverage options will roll over into the next year, and your premiums will automatically adjust.

If you are adding a dependent to your coverage, all supporting documentation must be submitted to GW Benefits by Friday, October 30, 2020. Please submit your supporting documentation via email at [email protected] or fax at (571) 553-8385.s


Making Benefit Elections or Changes

If you are enrolled in benefits through PayFlex, you will receive an Open Enrollment packet from PayFlex via mail. If you wish to make changes to your benefits for 2020, please complete the enrollment form found in the Open Enrollment packet and mail it to PayFlex at the following address:

PayFlex Systems USA, Inc.
P.O. Box 953374
St. Louis, MO 63195-3374

Please note: Completed enrollment forms must be postmarked no later than October 23, 2020.