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Reminder: 2021 Benefits Open Enrollment is Nov. 9-24

November 17, 2020

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Because of ongoing COVID restrictions on large gatherings, our annual live benefit open enrollment meetings on the Twin Cities and Winona campuses will be replaced this year with a recorded PowerPoint presentation you can watch at your convenience. That presentation, together with the 2021 Employee Benefit Guide, instructions for submitting your benefit elections, and other helpful information, was posted to the HR page of Blackboard on Nov. 9.

The 2021 plan year is a passive enrollment. You are not required to re-enroll in your current benefits if you do not want to make any changes. However, you must re-enroll in all Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) if you wish to use them for 2021. These benefits — Health FSA, Dependent FSA, and Limited FSA — are “use it or lose it” each plan year, so a new annual salary deferral election is required each year. If you do not re-enroll in your FSA benefits, they will be cancelled effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Please view the recorded open enrollment presentation for more details. If you still have questions or need assistance afterwards, you can email or visit the human resources office on your campus. If you prefer to call, dial Ext. 8706 from any campus.