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Open Enrollment

What is Open Enrollment?

Open enrollment is your annual opportunity to add, change, or remove benefits enrollment elections for the next plan year. Elections made during open enrollment are effective on January 1st of the following year. Outside the annual open enrollment period, employees may only make changes to their benefits elections within 60 days of a qualifying status change event.


2019 Open Enrollment dates are October 15, 2018 through November 2, 2018 at 6 p.m. EST. We encourage you to make your elections early in case you need assistance from UFHR Benefits staff since UF will be closed on November 2nd for the UF Homecoming holiday.


Get ready for open enrollment, review your benefits options with:

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ALEX walks you through the process of picking your best benefits, and provides easy-to-understand explanations for any questions you might have along the way.  You can find ALEX and other helpful information here.


Read all Open Enrollment materials promptly and carefully

  • Open Enrollment packets from PeopleFirst should arrive by mail in mid-October
  • Watch for email communications from UFHR Benefits and see UF at Work for additional info
  • Check out What’s new for 2019
    • State of Florida Plans
    • UFSelect Plans
      • Eagles Direct Reimbursement Dental Plan–Slight increase in monthly rates for 2019
      • Standard Life Insurance–Guaranteed Issue Life and Disability* during OE for the following:
        • UFSelect Life Insurance–Employees may elect up to the Guarantee Issue amount $300,000, no Evidence of Insurability (EOI) required
        • UFSelect Disability Insurance–Employees may elect 30 or 90-day plan, no EOI required

*Note: If previously denied—must complete EOI for any amount requested.

Visit the UF Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair on October 18th

Stop by the Champions Club in the Stadium between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to chat with benefit and retirement plan vendors to learn about your available options, participate in health screenings, and discover some of the wellness resources available to you as a UF employee. You can even get your flu shot (Gator 1 and insurance ID card required for flu shots.)

Need a ride to the fair? UF faculty and staff with Gator 1 can ride RTS buses with no fee! Maps & schedules available on the RTS website.

Enroll or make your changes online

You can make changes and/or elections between Oct. 15 and Nov. 2 (by 6 p.m. EST). Please note: While the UF Benefits office will be closed on Friday, Nov. 2, you can still make your changes online via the People First and/or myUFL systems on this day.

State of Florida Plans

People First has created an Open Enrollment Video to assist employees with completing the Open Enrollment process for state benefits. To access the video, click the link above or go to the People First website at https://www.dms.myflorida.com/workforce_operations/people_first and click on the “For State Employees” lefthand menu option. The video can be found under the “Employee Training Materials” section and is titled “How to Enroll in Insurance Benefits in People First.”

To make changes to or enroll in State of Florida plans via People First, have your PeopleFirst user ID (PFID) ready.

To locate your PFID, login to the myUFL system and navigate to: Main Menu > My Self Service > Benefits > PFID & Beneficiary Info.

Please note PeopleFirst passwords expire every 90 days. To reset, log onto the PeopleFirst website and follow “Forgot Password” instructions. For further assistance, call 1-866-663-4735.

UF Select Plans

To make changes to or enroll in UF Select plans, login to the myUFL system and navigate to: Main Menu > My Self Service > Benefits > Benefits Enrollment.

Avoid Fraud During Open Enrollment

UFHR reminds employees to be especially vigilant during Open Enrollment for phishing attempts by email and by telephone. Past phishing campaigns targeting UF faculty and staff have shown increasing sophistication, and recent reports indicate callers purporting to be from health insurers to attempt to glean personal data by telephone.

To protect yourself, remember to never give personal information over the telephone, unless you initiated the call and are certain you reached the correct telephone number, and never send Social Security numbers by email. Contact your insurer directly if you are uncertain about whether a call or email is genuine.

Still have questions?

As always, please feel free to reach out to us at (352) 392-2477 or benefits@ufl.edu if you have questions or need further assistance.  You also may schedule an appointment with one of our benefits specialists using our online scheduler; just look for the “Book Now” button on our benefits contact page.