Open Enrollment – What’s Changing - Human Resources at Ohio State

2018 Open Enrollment

November 1-14, 2017

What’s Changing

In order to maintain the affordability of Ohio State’s overall medical benefit plan, the plan design is carefully reviewed each year. As a result of proactive plan management and positive health improvement for plan members, there are limited plan changes for 2018. In addition, medical plan contribution rates will decrease for many participants. [See 2018 rates]

In January 2018, Your Plan for Health (YP4H) will be delivered in a new and innovative way. The enhanced YP4H program powered by our new partner, Virgin Pulse, is personal, mobile and healthy habit-focused. There will also be a redesigned YP4H Incentive Program, comprised of a new points structure and a variety of rewards, including opportunities to earn even more Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) credits, up to $500 for you and your spouse.

Same-sex domestic partners and their children, who meet all other plan eligibility requirements, may maintain the following benefits throughout 2018 only:

  • Health Care and Dependent Life Insurance coverage – same-sex domestic partners and their children who are enrolled on December 31, 2017.
  • Dependent Tuition Assistance – same-sex domestic partners and their children who received dependent tuition assistance for the autumn 2017 semester.

Any other same-sex domestic partners and their children will not be eligible for benefits. Learn more about eligibility changes for same-sex domestic partners.

  • New for 2018, you will be able to purchase a 90-day prescription at certain preferred retail pharmacies.
  • Beginning January 1, 2018, the Walgreens in the Wexner Medical Center and OSU East will no longer be included in the Ohio State pharmacy network.
  • The specialty medication maximums for both generic and formulary brand-name drugs will increase for 2018.

For more details on these changes see the 2018 Prescription Drug Coverage page.

For 2018, the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) maximum will increase to $2,600 per year. Learn more about the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) changes.


Open Enrollment Information