Open Enrollment – What’s Changing - Human Resources at Ohio State
2018 Open Enrollment
November 1-14, 2017
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.