musc medical center Human Resources

Enrolling & Changing Your Benefits

When can enroll, change, or update my benefits selections?
Select a link below to read more about when and how you can change your benefits selections:

blue arrow Within 31 days of your hire date
blue arrow Some benefits changes can be made year-round
blue arrow During Open Enrollment
blue arrow During Annual Enrollment
blue arrow Within 31 days of a "life-qualifying" event

Any benefits changes require completion of a Notice of Election (NOE) form.  Print this form, and bring it to the Medical Center Human Resources Office, Room 109 Clinical Science Building to process the changes.

Person filling out form

MUHA Benefits Options

Notice of Election Form

New Hires - Enrolling & Changing Benefits
As a new hire, not only can you select your benefits but you can also change your mind within 31 days of your date of hire.  You can:

blue arrow Change Health Insurance Carrier
blue arrow Add/Drop health or dental coverage for yourself or your dependents
blue arrow Add/Drop Optional and Dependent Life, Supplemental Long Term Disability, or Long Term Care Insurance


Benefits Changes You Can Make Year-Round
Some benefits changes may be made any time during the year.  You can:

blue arrow Change your HMO physician
blue arrow Drop Dependent Life Insurance
blue arrow Drop Optional Life Insurance
blue arrow Drop Supplemental Long Term Disability
blue arrow Drop Long Term Care Insurance
blue arrow Change beneficiaries

With completion of the Personal Health Application:
(Note: The Personal Health Application is Adobe Acrobat iconAdobe Acrobat® format)
blue arrow Add/Increase Dependent Life Insurance
blue arrow Add/Increase Optional Life Insurance

With completion of the Medical History Statement:
(Note: The Medical History Statement is Adobe Acrobat iconAdobe Acrobat®format)
blue arrow Add/Increase Supplemental Long Term Disability

Contact Aetna Insurance company at 1-800-537-8521 to:
blue arrow Add/Increase Long Term Care Insurance

Open Enrollment
Open enrollment is during a specified four-week period in October during odd years (e.g., 2005, 2007).  During this time you can make the following changes, which become effective January 1 of the following year:

blue arrow Change health insurance carriers
blue arrow Add/drop health or dental coverage for yourself or your dependents
blue arrow Set up MoneyPlu$ Dependent Care and/or Medical Spending Accounts for the following year

Annual Enrollment
Annual enrollment is during a specified four-week period in October during even years (e.g., 2006, 2008).  During this time you can make the following changes, which become effective January 1 of the following year:

blue arrow Change health insurance carriers
blue arrow Set up MoneyPlu$ Dependent Care and/or Medical Spending Accounts for the following year

Life-Qualifying Event
You may be able to add or delete dependents to health and/or detal insurance within 31 days from date you experience any of the following life-qualifying events:

blue arrow Marriage
blue arrow Separation/Divorce
blue arrow Birth or Adoption
blue arrow Death
blue arrow Employment change of spouse
blue arrow Dependency change for children