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Auburn University employees only have one more day to enroll in, cancel or make changes to their benefits elections for 2017.

This year’s open enrollment deadline is 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30. IRS regulations do not allow for plan enrollment beyond this date unless there is a qualifying event during the year.

For employees who are currently enrolled in health, dental, vision, and cancer insurance and who do not want to make any changes to their coverages, there is nothing they need to do to continue these benefits. No action on their part will be deemed to represent their wish for their elections to carry over into 2017. However, if they are currently enrolled in the Flexible Spending Account, they must re-enroll or their FSA contributions will end as of Dec. 31.

Notable changes for 2017 include:

  • Premium increases for health insurance will range between $4.91 to $22.09 per month (5 percent) depending on the employee’s salary and plan type. While premiums must increase within the plan, the university is fortunate to be able to limit these increases to less than those of many other employers across the state of Alabama and the country.

  • There will be no premium increases for the dental and cancer insurance plans, and vision insurance premiums will decrease by 3 percent.

  • Coverage for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy has been combined to allow up to 30 visits per year in any combination of the three.

  • The individual out-of-pocket maximum will be capped at $7,150, and the family out-of-pocket maximum will be capped at $14,300. Last year, these maximums were $6,850 and $13,700, respectively.

  • CVS will be a non-preferred pharmacy. While Auburn University plan members can still utilize CVS, patient medication co-payments (out-of-pocket costs) will increase by $10 for each tier at all CVS pharmacies, which include those pharmacies inside of Target.

Representatives from Colonial Life will be available to discuss cancer insurance, supplemental life, and disability plans from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the East Glenn Administrative Complex, Ingram Hall and the Auburn Montgomery Library Tower Conference Room (9th Floor).

For additional questions regarding benefits, go to or contact Payroll and Employee Benefits at 844-4183 with questions.