Open Enrollment for 2020

The 2020 open enrollment window is Nov. 1-30, 2019.
Be sure to make your benefit changes by the deadline!

Changes will take effect January 1, 2020.

Tools to help you make open enrollment decisions:

Open Enrollment Checklist – one page listing your open enrollment decisions
Oct 2019 letter from HR – mailed to all benefit-eligible employees in late October.  Oops, the date for the benefits fair is wrong in the letter.  Should be Wed, Nov 20.
Oct 2019 Benefits Bulletin – mailed by UA System Office in early October to current medical participants
Open Enrollment Decision Guide – mailed by UA System Office to benefit eligible employees in October.
Medical At a Glance for 2020 – one-page comparison of the three medical plans
UA System Benefits website
UAMS Benefits website
How to get wellness reward

New Critical Illness plan, rates –  these are monthly rates; multiply by 12 then divide by 26 for biweekly rates
Insurance ratesno change other than a reduction in disability rates
How FSAs work 

Come to the Benefits Fair on Wed, Nov 20 to talk with our benefit carriers and enjoy hot dogs, snacks and giveaways. Held on the ground floor of the Ed 2 building from 9-3.

Some changes can be made at any time of the year.  Those include your contribution to the UA Retirement Plan (form) and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (form).   For these changes, click the form link, print the form, fill out, and return to our office by email to or by fax to 501-686-5386.

How to make open enrollment benefit changes

All open enrollment elections must be made online in Employee Self Service.
View these instructions for step-by-step details and screen prints.
You may not be able to access Employee Self Service for several hours on these dates when payrolls are being processed:  Nov 5, 19, 21; and on Nov 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 for the monthly SAP reboot.

TIP:  Be sure to click “Save” at the top of each screen when you make changes in order to complete your enrollment.

If you’d like some help navigating Employee Self Service, plan to attend a computing lab session and we’ll help you!  Scroll to the bottom of this page for dates and times.

Tobacco Pledge

All employees enrolled in medical must to log into Employee Self Service by November 30, 2019 and take the Tobacco Pledge.  Those who fail to do this, or who indicate they use tobacco and will not enroll in a cessation program, will pay a $50 monthly/$23.08 biweekly tobacco surcharge.

Not sure what benefits you have now?

Log into Employee Self Service (ESS) and select Benefits, then UAMS Benefits Statement to see all the benefit plans available to you and whether or not you’re enrolled in each. If you select Benefits Participation Overview you will only see the benefits in which you are currently enrolled as of today; but change the date to 01-01-2020 to verify you successfully completed your open enrollment elections.

Open Enrollment Computer Lab Sessions

Registration not needed.  Just drop by!

  • Mon, Nov 4:  7:30am-noon, Rahn 1/230 and 1/250
  • Tues, Nov 5:  10am-1pm, 5th floor Barton, Clinical Computer Training Center classroom B
  • Wed, Nov 6:  2-5pm, 8th floor Ed 2, 8111A North and South, 8111C West
  • Tues, Nov 12:  2-5pm, 8th floor Ed 2, 8111C East and West
  • Thurs, Nov 14:  10am-1pm, 8th floor Ed 2, 8111A North and South
  • Mon, Nov 18:  2-5pm, 8th floor Ed 2, 8111A South and 8111C West
  • Tues, Nov 19:  7am-noon, 5th floor Barton, Clinical Computer Training Center classroom B
  • Thurs, Nov 21:  10am-1pm, 8th floor Ed 2, room 8/105A and B
  • Mon, Nov 25:  2-5pm, 8th floor Ed 2, 8111A South and 8111C West
  • Tues, Nov 26:  10am-1pm, 8th floor Ed 2, room 8/105 A and B