2021 VCU HR Virtual Benefits and Wellness Fair
The 2021 Benefits and Wellness Fair will take place from May 3 through May 7. The event will launch on May 3, 2021. For more information about the event, view the 2021 Virtual Benefits and Wellness Fair page.
2021 Open Enrollment for Health Coverage and Flexible Spending Accounts
Open Enrollment elections are accepted beginning May 3, 2021. Elections may be made online or by using an enrollment form. Online elections will be accepted by the state's EmployeeDirect website until May 17 at 11:59 p.m. Enrollment forms are available as an alternative enrollment method (see "Election Form and Instructions" below). If returned electronically, VCU HR must receive the form by close of business on Monday, May 17. If you use an enrollment form instead of EmployeeDirect, VCU HR must recieve your form by 5:00pm on May 17. Elections take effect on July 1, 2021 for the plan year that runs from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.
The following employees are eligible for Commonwealth of Virginia health coverage and flexible spending accounts:
- Part-time and full-time salaried University and Academic Professionals
- Part-time and full-time salaried regular faculty members
- Part-time and full-time salaried classified staff
Employees who use enrollment forms may return them electronically, by postal mail, or by depositing them in the drop box outside the HR Welcome Center at Lindsey House (Belvidere Street entrance). Please use one method only.
- DocuSign: DocuSign form
- Upload with HR Support Request: https://go.vcu.edu/hrsupport
- Fax: (804) 827-4728
- VCU Filelocker: https://filelocker.vcu.edu/
- Share with User ID "OPENENROLL" or email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
VCU Human Resources
Box 842511, 600 W. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23284-2511
If you have questions after reviewing the resources below, attend a Zoom Q&A session (see "Information and Q&A sessions" below), request HR Support from https://go.vcu.edu/hrsupport, or email email@example.com.
State Health Plan brochures
- COVA Care plan brochure
- COVA HealthAware plan brochure
- COVA HDHP brochure
- Optima Health Vantage plan brochure
- Kaiser Permanente plan brochure (Kaiser Permanente map)
Premium rewards for the current plan year end in June. To earn a premium reward for the next plan year (July 2021-June 2022), employees must complete or update a health assessment on or after May 3, 2021. Employees who participate in a COVA Care or COVA HealthAware health plan can earn a $17 per month ($8.50 per paycheck) discount on health plan premiums beginning in July if their health assessment is completed between May 3 and May 17. Spouses enrolled on a plan can earn an additional $17 monthly discount by completing the assessment, making the total monthly discount $34 ($17 per paycheck).
After completing your Health Assessment, keep a copy of the completion confirmation for your records. It does not need to be returned to VCU HR. Your health plan company will report your completion of the activity directly to the State Health Benefits Program. Review your paystub on the effective date of your Premium Reward to confirm that the correct premium is charged. VCU deducts the amount billed by the State Health Benefits Program.
For full instructions on how to complete the health assessment, see Premium Reward Requirements.
If you and/or your enrolled spouse do not complete the health assessment by May 17, it can still be completed later but the premium reward(s) will also start later in the plan year. Completing the health assessment is voluntary. If you decide not to participate, you will pay the regular premium for your plan with no discount.