Open Enrollment – Enrollment Assistance - Human Resources at Ohio State

2020 Open Enrollment

November 1-14, 2019

Enrollment Assistance

During 2020 Open Enrollment, you can make elections for health plans (medical, dental, vision), Flexible Spending Accounts, certain life insurance plans and short-term disability. Open Enrollment is also the only opportunity to cancel short-term disability coverage.  All elections made during Open Enrollment become effective January 1, 2020.

Enrollment Assistance Details

  • Review plan details.
  • Sign up for a benefits forum, view a live webinar or watch a recorded presentation online. Details can be found below.
  • Log into Employee Self Service to use myBenefitsMentor, an interactive informed enrollment resource. This resource can help model your estimated 2020 medical and prescription drug costs when determining what plan to choose or an amount to contribute to your Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
  • Review your current coverage at Employee Self Service by clicking Benefits Summary under the eBenefits folder.
  • Between November 1-14, 2019, go to Employee Self Service to make your benefit elections for 2020.
Authorize & Submit!
You must click Authorize & Submit when finished. If you skip this step, your elections will not be completed or captured for 2020.
  1. Go to Employee Self Service. You will need your Ohio State username (last name.#), password and your BuckeyePass1 authentication to log in. Forgot your username or password? Visit for information on how to recover your username or reset your password.
  2. Click Open Enrollment under the eBenefits folder (on the right hand side) to review and make your benefit elections.
  3. Click Authorize & Submit2 as the final action for your elections to be saved.
  4. Review and print your confirmation statement and keep a copy for your records.
Available Kiosks and Computers

Kiosks for online enrollment are available in the 3rd floor lobby of the Office of Human Resources located at 1590 North High Street, Suite 300. Walk-in hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Computers available to Office of Administration and Planning CWA staff are in the following locations:

  • Aronoff Laboratory, 318 West 12th Ave., Room 014
  • Maintenance Building, 2000 Tuttle Park Place, Rooms 201, 204B and 027
  • Biological Sciences Building, 484 West 12th Ave., Room 141
  • McCracken Power Plant, 304 Annie & John Glenn Ave., Room 111

Computers available to University Hospital East faculty and staff are in the following locations:

  • University Hospital East Café – 1 kiosk computer
  • University Hospital East Medical Staff Library – 12 computers

Check with your supervisor or human resources professional for availability of shared computing resources in your area.

1 BuckeyePass is a second layer of authentication for your Ohio State account. Read more at
2 If you do not click Authorize & Submit, your elections will not be completed or captured for 2020.

As you prepare to make decisions about your 2020 benefit plan options, take the time to use the available resources to consider the health care coverage that may best fit your needs.

To help model your 2020 medical and prescription drug costs, Ohio State will provide an informed enrollment resource, myBenefitsMentor:

  • A personalized and data-driven tool that provides medical plan recommendations to help you estimate your costs for 2020.
  • The paper statement version will be mailed in early October to the home address on file in the HR system.
  • The online interactive tool will be available starting mid-October in Employee Self Service

If you were enrolled in The Ohio State University Faculty and Staff Health Plan prior to August 1, 2019, myBenefitsMentor will include a summary of your medical and pharmacy costs from January 2018 to July 2019. This summary can be used to estimate what your costs would be under each available plan if you were to have similar claims in 2020. You can also estimate costs for any changes you anticipate in your medical care next year. If your historical claims include a provider who will be in the Standard network in 2020, your estimated costs will reflect the lower Standard network coverage.

For those not enrolled in an Ohio State medical plan prior to August 1, 2019, myBenefitsMentor will be available for use without personal claims history and will allow you to estimate 2020 medical and pharmacy costs based on your anticipated needs and average cost data.

Remember, myBenefitsMentor cost comparisons are estimates, and future health care costs may be unpredictable. Review your statement carefully and evaluate your plan options.  If you have any questions about myBenefitsMentor, please contact the OSU Health Plan at (614) 292-4700 or (800) 678-6269.

Open Enrollment Information