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Health / Safety

Employee benefits Open Enrollment runs Nov. 1-18

October 31, 2011

To academic faculty, administrative professionals and other eligible non-classified staff.

Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment period for CY 2012 is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and close on Friday, Nov. 18.

As with last year’s Open Enrollment, the process will be paperless - any changes must be processed through the Online Benefits Enrollment System by Friday, Nov. 18, at 11:59 p.m. MST.

Prior to proceeding with your Open Enrollment elections, you are strongly encouraged to carefully review the Open Enrollment website and Cost Share newsletter for important information about the Open Enrollment process and benefit plan changes. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this annual opportunity to update your benefits coverage and designate beneficiaries for life insurance.

Note: If you are a grandfathered Ben Pay participant, please refer to important open enrollment instructions sent to your email address and home address describing the elimination of the Ben Pay program effective January 1, 2012 or refer to the Ben Pay letter.

You must complete the Open Enrollment process if you are:

  • Changing your benefits enrollment options (i.e., plans, pre/post tax status, coverage levels, beneficiaries)
  • Enrolling or continuing participation in a FSA (health or dependent care) in CY 2012
  • Adding or removing a spouse or domestic partner, or a child or children under the age of 26 on your insurance plans (you must provide the social security number of your covered spouse or domestic partner and any children)
  • Changing your Defined Contribution Plan (DCP) retirement company beginning with 2012 contributions


For staff participating in the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (DCP), please review your fund elections to ensure that they continue to be consistent with your financial goals. Also, review your vendor selection as Open Enrollment is the only time you can change your DCP vendor. You must complete the Open Enrollment process to change the vendor receiving your contributions for the upcoming calendar year.

Open Enrollment benefit elections are completed online through the Human Resources application via the Campus Administrative Portal (CAP), which provides highly secured, password protected access. Once you have logged into the online enrollment system at https://secure.colostate.edu, choose Campus Administrative Portal and log in once more with your eID. Choose CSU Employee Self-Service, which is currently used to access your pay advice and other information, then choose the CSU Benefits link to verify your current benefit elections and to participate in the CY 2012 Open Enrollment process.  Follow the instructions on the screen.

If you experience any problems with the system, please contact the HR Help Desk at (970) 491-0946. For benefits questions, please contact the Benefits Office at (970) 491-6737.

Benefits Fair

Monday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the LSC North Ballroom.

Come visit with the vendors who service your insurance and retirement plans. Fair flyer.

Health Fair Results

Monday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in LSC, Room 227.

Your results will be confidentially distributed by a Freewell, Inc. health educator. Please bring proper identification to ensure protection of your health information when you arrive to pick up your results. Note: This information is relevant only for those employees who participated in the October Health Fair.

Online Enrollment Assistance

The Benefits Office will provide enrollment assistance. A complete schedule of enrollment help sessions is listed below. Drop-in service is also available from the Benefits Office in Human Resources located at 555 S. Howes St., 2nd Floor, Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. 

Clark Building - Room C143

  • Wed., Nov. 2; 9-11 a.m.
  • Fri., Nov 4; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Nov 9; 9-11 a.m.
  • Mon., Nov 14; 9-11a.m.
  • Wed., Nov 16; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Vendor Presentations

Our third-party administrators and vendors, including Anthem, The Hartford, Delta Dental, Vision Service Plan, Discovery Benefits and PERA, will make presentations on Monday, Nov. 7, in conjunction with the Benefits Fair.

Presentation details are listed below. All presentations take place in the Lory Student Center.

Room 203-205

  • 9 a.m.: Anthem - Medical Plan Overview
  • 11 a.m.: Vision Service Plan – Voluntary Vision Plan Overview
  • 1 p.m.: The Hartford – Life and Accident Related Insurance Overview


Room 213-215

  • 10 a.m.: Delta Dental – Plan Features & EyeMed Vision Discount
  • Noon: Discovery Benefits – Flexible Spending Accounts & Debit Card Features
  • 2 p.m.: PERA – Defined Benefit Retirement Overview

If you have any questions regarding the open enrollment period, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (970) 491-6737.