Open Enrollment 2018

November 6 - 17, 2017

Bowdoin College’s Open Enrollment to elect benefits for 2018 will take place between November 6 - November 17, 2017.  You will complete Open Enrollment online in Workday.

Before you begin...

Before starting the open enrollment process, you should be prepared with the following information:

1.  Choose medical benefits:
Understand your options for medical, dental, and vision plans. Learn more about coverage, costs and deductibles:
           Comparison of Medical Plan Options for 2018.

2.  Enroll eligible dependents:
Gather birthdate(s), social security number(s) and full legal name(s) for any dependents you will be enrolling.

3.  Find physician IDs:
You must enter a valid Anthem Primary Care Physician (PCP) identification number for yourself and each dependent enrolled in the medical plan. This is required even if you are not making any changes to your benefits.
          How to find your Anthem PCP identification number(s)

4.  Contribute to a health savings account:
If you elect one of the high deductible health plans, decide if you want to contribute to a health savings account (HSA). Health savings accounts allow you to set aside money from your pay check for eligible health care expenses on a pre-tax basis.
          Learn more about the HSA benefit.

      **IMPORTANT**

If you have an existing HSA through the College and are contributing to your account in 2017, you must make an active election if you wish the contributions to continue into calendar year 2018 without interruption.


5.  Contribute to flex spending accounts:
Decide if you want to contribute to a flexible spending account (FSA). Flexible spending accounts allow you to set aside money from your pay check for eligible health care or dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis. Learn more about the FSA benefit.

       **IMPORTANT**

If you have an existing FSA through the College, you must make an active election during Open Enrollment if you wish to contribute in calendar year 2018.  If you enroll in one of the high deductible health plan options you can still enroll in a medical FSA, but it becomes a “limited use” FSA that can only be used for qualified dental and vision expenses.

6.  Review life insurance elections and beneficiaries:
Understand your options for basic life and supplemental life insurance plans. You will also be asked to review your primary and contingent beneficiaries. Collect birthdate(s) and full legal name(s) for any beneficiary you will be listing.