Active Enrollment / Mandatory Tobacco Certification
ALL employees who want healthcare coverage for 2019 must enroll and certify their tobacco user status through the OneUSG Connect-Benefits website.
Employees who do not certify their tobacco user status and the status for each enrolled dependent over age 18 during Open Enrollment will automatically default to a tobacco user status and a $75 tobacco surcharge will apply for each enrolled member.
FSA and HSA’s, administered by Optum, can help you and your dependents save money on everyday expenses if you understand how they work. Money left in your FSA at the end of the grace period is forfeited and cannot be returned to you. Refer to the guides below to help you decide if these plans are right for you and your family.
- FAQ for Transportation and Parking FSA
- Eligible Expense List for HSA
- Eligible Expense List for FSA
- Eligible Expense List for Dependent Care FSA
All employees who earn or accrue annual and/or sick leave are eligible to participate in the Shared Sick Leave Program. A minimum donation of 8 sick leave hours (pro-rated for part time employees) is required to become a Shared Sick Leave Program member.
Once an employee has transferred a minimum of 8 hours’ leave into the leave pool, and has become a “member” of the pool, they may voluntarily donate up to a maximum of 80 hours during the annual Open Enrollment period by completing the Shared Sick Leave – Member Donation Form.
Take three important ACTIONS during Open Enrollment.
If you are electing healthcare coverage for 2019 you must certify your and your enrolled dependents’ (age 18 and older) Tobacco Use Status.
If you want a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) in 2019, you must elect coverage. Because of IRS rules, you must make an active election for FSA’s each year to continue your participation.
Watch for a dependent verification notice that you’ll receive in early 2019. Follow the instructions in the notice to verify your covered dependents.
Georgia State Benefits Fair
Come out to the Georgia State Benefits Fair to meet vendors, learn about the changes for plan year 2019, and register to win giveaways. Benefits Fairs are taking place at all USG institutions, so if you can’t make the Georgia State Benefits Fair, check out the 2019 USG Benefits Fair Calendar for more dates and locations.
- Friday, November 2nd 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Clarkston Campus – Building C(G), Gymnasium
- Monday, November 5th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Downtown Campus – Student Center Ballroom
CVS Pharmacy will offer flu shots during the Benefits Fairs on the Downtown Campus and the Clarkston Campus. All employees enrolled in the Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan may obtain flu shots at no cost. Anyone interested in obtaining a flu shot will need to bring a driver’s license and insurance card to the Benefits Fair.
Benefits Information Sessions
The Benefits Department will present a 1-hour overview of the Benefits offered for 2019 followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.
|Tuesday, Oct 30||2 pm – 3:30 pm||Downtown||25 Park Place (Basement Level)||Conference Room 12|
|Tuesday, Nov 6||10 am – 11:30 am||Clarkston||Jim Cherry LRC||4190|
|Tuesday, Nov 6||1 pm –2:30 pm||Decatur||Bldg. SF (Student Success)||2100|
|Wednesday, Nov 7||10 am – 11:30 am||Downtown||25 Park Place (Basement Level)||Conference Room 12|
|Wednesday, Oct 31||10 am – 11:30 am||Dunwoody||Student Center B (NB)||2100/2101|
The Saint Joseph’s Mobile Mammography will be on Georgia State’s downtown campus Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Thursday, Nov. 8th from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at 125 Collins Street across from the Sports Arena and on the Clarkston Campus Friday, Nov. 9th from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in lot #2 in front of the N building. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an appointment online, Click here. Complete the participant history form prior to your appointment. Must be age 40 or older, please see other requirements (disclaimers) as shown on the appointment website.
Walk-In Help Days
Employees can meet with a member of the Georgia State Benefits Team one-on-one to ask questions and get help with enrollment in the OneUSG Connect–Benefits website. Bring your CampusID and CampusID password.
|Thursday, Nov 1||10:00 am – 2:00 pm||Downtown||25 Park Place (Basement Level)||Conference Room 12|
|Friday, Nov 2||11:00 am – 3:00 pm||Clarkston||Building C (CC)||1200|
|Friday, Nov 9||9:00 am – 4:00 pm||Downtown||25 Park Place (Basement Level)||Conference Room 12|
The University System of Georgia (USG) will hold its Open Enrollment for 2019 benefits from Monday, October 29, 2018 – Friday, November 9, 2018. To view, change or drop your USG retiree benefits, go online to One USG Connect-Benefits website.
What Happens If I Don’t Make Changes?
This year, Open Enrollment is an active enrollment for benefits and the tobacco surcharge. ALL RETIREES who want healthcare coverage for 2019 must re-enroll and certify their tobacco user status through the OneUSG Connect-Benefits website. Retirees who do not certify their tobacco user status and the status for each enrolled dependent over age 18 during Open Enrollment will automatically default to a tobacco user status and a $75 tobacco surcharge will apply for each enrolled member.
To View, Re-Enroll, Change or Drop Your USG Retiree Benefits:
- Visit connect-benefits.usg.edu.
- Under the Manage My Benefits on the right side of the screen, click the button for USG retirees.
- If you need help navigating the website or need assistance with making changes please contact the OneUSG Connect-Benefits Call Center at 1- 844-587-4236.
What’s New for 2019?
In 2019, the USG will continue to offer 4 healthcare plan options, dental, vision and life insurance to retirees. To see healthcare premiums by plan and medical comparison charts consult the 2019 USG Comparison Guide. You can also see highlights of 2019 changes in the 2019 USG Retiree Benefits Summary.
Retirement Transition Meetings
Meetings for Pre-65 retirees who are 1-2 years away from turning 65 and transitioning onto the Aon Exchange. The purpose of these meetings is to align Pre-65 retirees with the resources and information needed to prepare them for their transition onto the Aon Retiree Health Exchange. Key speakers will discuss topics on Social Security, Medicare and the Aon Retiree Health Exchange. Retirement Transition Meetings are being held at many USG institutions and registration is not required to attend.
Georgia State Benefits Fair
Come out the GSU Benefits Fair to meet vendors, learn about the changes for plan year 2019 and register to win giveaways. See the details and dates above on this page or check out the 2019 USG Benefits Fair Calendar for more dates and locations.
USG Life, Dental and Vision Coverage:
If you are enrolled in USG life, dental or vision coverage, you do not need to take any action to continue coverage in 2019. If you drop coverage under these plans, you cannot re-enroll. For more information, view the 2019 USG Retiree Benefits Summary.
The University System of Georgia (USG) provides health care coverage to Medicare-Eligible retirees through the Aon Retiree Health Exchange. The 2018 Medicare Open Enrollment period is October 15, 2017 – December 7, 2018.
If you are enrolled in health care coverage through the Aon Retiree Health Exchange and want to keep your current coverage for next year, no action is required. If you would like to change your coverage for next year, please contact the Aon Retiree Health Exchange at 1-866-212-5052 to schedule an appointment with a Benefits Advisor. The 2019 USG contribution to the HRA will be $2,736.00.
USG Life, Dental and Vision Coverage:
If you are currently enrolled in USG life, dental or vision coverage, you do not need to take any action to continue coverage in 2019. If you drop coverage under these plans, you cannot re-enroll. For more information, view the 2019 USG Retiree Benefits Summary.
For more information, resources and tools for the Aon Retiree Exchange please visit these websites:
- Aon Retiree Health Exchange Medicare Insurance Guide
- Health Reimbursement Account Information
- Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) Features
- Preparing for 2019 Benefits (Recorded Presentation)
- Frequently Asked Questions
Did you Know….
- USG will reimburse retirees for the full amount of any Medicare Part D copayment and coinsurance expenses incurred in the catastrophic phase of coverage for prescription drug covered under Medicare Part D. Retirees with an extremely high usage of prescription drugs may reach the Medicare Part D catastrophic coverage limit. To help these retirees, USG has created a special program called the Catastrophic HRA.
- Your USG Retiree Health Reimbursement account (HRA) with Your Spending Account includes a “rollback” feature, which allows for claims to be reimbursed as long as the date of service occurs within the effective date of your HRA and there is a remaining balance in your account. Claims that were previously denied due to your exhausting your remaining HRA balance will be automatically approved by YSA once allocations for the new year have been added to your USG Retiree Health Reimbursement Account (HRA).