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

2022 Open Enrollment

November 1-15, 2021

What’s Changing in 2022

Below are benefit changes for 2022 that are effective January 1, 2022.

Employee Contributions

With health care expenses continuing to rise nationally, Ohio State’s Faculty and Staff Health Plan has also experienced an increase in the total cost of coverage per member. However, we are fortunate to be able to help lessen the impact on employees by minimizing the amount of the cost increase that has been included in employee contributions in 2022. See 2022 rates.

Medical Benefits

The following changes to The Ohio State University Faculty and Staff Health Plan will be implemented January 1, 2022:

  • As a result of a new federal requirement relating to information that must be included on health care ID cards, new medical ID cards will be reissued and mailed to your home address. The changes will include the following:
    • Network and out-of-network deductibles
    • Network and out-of-network out-of-pocket limits
    • Phone number and web address for a member to get assistance, including help finding a network provider.
  • The medical coverage will no longer exclude labial frenectomy, which is a procedure to correct a condition commonly referred to as “tongue-tied” or “lip-tied.” Prior authorization will be required to ensure claims are not paid under both the medical and dental plans.

Enhanced Dental Coverage Option

A new dental benefit plan option, Dental Plus, will be available for 2022. This option provides certain enhanced benefits including a lower deductible, a higher annual benefit maximum and a higher lifetime orthodontia maximum with no age limit. Similar to how the vision benefits are structured, the employee contributions for the Dental Plus coverage option will be higher than the contributions for our current benefit, which will be referred to beginning in 2022 as Dental Basic. The Dental Basic and Plus benefits will both provide network and non-network coverage. Read more about dental changes.

Change to Vision Premier Name

To provide consistency between the dental and vision plan options, we will rename the Vision Premier benefit option to Vision Plus. No vision benefits have changed; this change is to the name only.

Enhanced Employee Wellness Programming and Incentives

Your Plan for Health (YP4H) is Ohio State’s employee wellness program. Tracking your participation can help you earn rewards. New for 2022, employees and enrolled spouses can earn a bonus incentive by participating in new or enhanced program offerings. The enhanced programming includes resources to support emotional wellbeing, weight management and preventive care. The bonus incentives include credits to members’ Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) or additional Pulse Cash for participants not enrolled in our medical plan. Watch for additional information about these program offerings later this year. Read more about YP4H.

Confirmation of Enrollment

With the ability to now review and print benefit elections any time through Workday, printed confirmation statements will no longer be mailed to home addresses.

If you need to make a change to your 2022 elections after Open Enrollment ends on November 15, you will need to submit a printed election form to HR Connection no later than 11:59 p.m. December 31, 2021. Electronic submission via is recommended. Delivery via fax (614-292-7813) or in person (1590 N. High St., Suite 300) are also options.

Otherwise, your benefit elections as indicated in Workday (effective as of January 1, 2022), will be in place for the entire 2022 plan year unless you experience an eligible qualified status change.

Changes for 2022 that are received after November 15, 2021, but prior to December 31, 2021 will be processed, but updates to the vendors’ systems and any associated cards may not be available until after January 1, 2022.

NOTE: University offices are closed for the holiday on Friday, December 31, 2021. If you need to submit changes to your Open Enrollment elections on December 31, 2021, upload the election form to or fax it to 614-292-7813.

Open Enrollment Information