Everyone enrolls for 2020

USC benefits-eligible employees will want to re-enroll in benefits during this year’s open enrollment – after all, it’s the only way to get discounts with our healthy choices incentives, the only way to get a Flexible Spending Account, and the only way to be sure your benefits fit your family perfectly for 2020.

Sneak peek at what’s new

USC is offering benefits-eligible employees a world of wellness help this year! See the Wellness offerings and incentives page for all the details. DON’T MISS THIS! From gym discounts, to free flu shots, to cash to help you reach your health/fitness goals, to a new diabetes management program – there’s something for everyone. And of course the healthy choices incentives are back, to save you up to $780/year on your medical premiums.

The PPO plan has a new pharmacy formulary – and this year the PPO will also offer the primary care physician discount.

Also new this year – due to changes in state law, if you have a registered domestic partner (opposite sex), regardless of age, that partner now qualifies for medical coverage in our HMO plans. Previously, opposite sex domestic partners did not qualify unless one of them was at least age 62, although same sex domestic partners of any age qualified. Do you need to register your domestic partnership so you can access benefits? See the California state site for information and forms.

Get this year’s details – access from below, or from the navigation bar above:

  • Start with What applies to you – because some employee groups have differing benefit information, make sure you get exactly the information you need.
  • Find out what’s new and consider all your benefit choices at Review your benefits, where a dropdown menu shows each type of benefit you can change during open enrollment. NOTE: Once you open the “review your benefits” page a helpful navigation menu will appear on the right so you can visit the different benefit pages more easily.
  • The Save money page is a roundup of all the options you have to save on your medical premiums or get additional financial help this year.
  • What to do and when includes the nuts-and-bolts of how to prepare and complete your open enrollment, and important dates (like benefits fairs, deadlines, etc.)
  • Find help fast will help you do exactly that – whether you need our own HR Service Center or one of the benefit providers – contacts are all here.
  • And finally – want to print summary information to share with your spouse or family members? This year we offer a series of printable factsheets and summaries that you may find helpful. They are available throughout the site, but you can see all of them HERE.

What if I don’t want to complete my open enrollment in Workday?

  • You will be automatically re-enrolled based on your 2019 medical plan election, covering the same dependents you currently cover. (If you waived medical coverage in 2019, you will not receive medical coverage in 2020 unless you enroll.)
  • With no verification otherwise, it will be assumed that you use tobacco products, so you won’t receive the $25 per month tobacco-free credit.
  • If you cover your spouse or registered domestic partner, it will be assumed they have employer-sponsored medical coverage available, so you’ll pay an extra $100 per month for the working spouse surcharge.
  • You won’t be able to use either a health care Flexible Spending Account or a dependent care Flexible Spending Account for 2020.
  • Any other benefits from 2019, not mentioned above, will remain the same.

Watch your email!

Announcements will come your way throughout the open enrollment period via your Monday morning Gateway Connect email and system emails from Workday, as well as a few selected additional reminders. At any time, please direct questions to the HR Service Center at (213) 821-8100 or uschr@usc.edu. If you miss your email from Workday telling you it’s time to enroll, you can log into Workday and you’ll see an item in your “inbox” that will open your open enrollment task.

All new plans and rates take effect January 1, 2020, and all benefit information will be available on appropriate benefit pages of the Employee Gateway at that point. Your 2019 benefits and rates are effective through December 31, 2019.