Many of us have been thinking more about our health, finances, and well-being recently, so it's comforting to know that JHU's benefits include programs and resources that go beyond typical health insurance and are designed to support you in all aspects of your life.
Soon, you'll have the opportunity to make changes to your health and life benefits for 2021. Annual Enrollment dates are Wednesday, Oct. 14, through Friday, Oct. 30. You are encouraged to take the time to review your current coverage and take advantage of the enrollment resources available to help you make smart benefits choices for the coming year.
As always, JHU strives to offer comprehensive and valuable benefits to faculty and staff to reinforce its tradition of excellence and to help it attract and retain outstanding talent. In this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university is committed to providing benefits and resources to protect you and your family, such as expanded health care and telemedicine benefits, wellness guidance, and other support programs.
For 2021, the university continues to offer you the same comprehensive medical options as last year so that you can choose the plan that best meets the needs of you and your family.
The addition last year of the high-deductible health plan option allowed the university to modernize its medical plan offerings while providing employees with more meaningful choices. Many elected this option along with the health savings account in order to have greater control of their health care spending. Educated consumers can manage rising health care costs with the choices they make each day, such as using in-network providers, opting for telehealth services when appropriate, choosing generic medications, and living a healthy lifestyle.
During Annual Enrollment, you are encouraged to review the medical plans available to you and consider whether, based on your needs, another option might be more cost-effective.
Many of your other benefits offerings, including dental, vision, life, and AD&D insurance, and voluntary offerings will remain unchanged for 2021.
Beginning on Jan. 1, Lincoln Financial Group will replace the Hartford as the disability insurance administrator. Lincoln has been selected because of its enhanced administration systems and excellent customer service offerings. Your short- and long-term disability coverage options will remain the same, and the university will continue to provide long-term disability coverage to you at no cost.
To get ready for the Annual Enrollment period, check out these tips and resources.