Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment. Enrollment period: April 28 through May 26, 2021. Plan year: July 1, 2021 through June, 30, 2022.

You're part of this enrollment group if you are:

  • Full-time regular faculty, librarians, research associates, postdoctoral associates
  • Part-time regular, tenured/tenure-stream faculty at not less than 50% effort
  • Part-time regular librarians designated with expectations of continued employment at not less than 40% effort
  • Full-time regular staff
  • Part-time regular staff

This scope extends to an eligible spouse, domestic partner, and children.

Represented employees should refer to their collective bargaining agreements for details about their benefits.

If you are unsure about the enrollment group to which you belong, please contact the Benefits Department.


2021-2022 Summary Guide to Benefits

View an online flipbook of the 2021 - 2022 Summary Guide to Benefits.

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Or, download a PDF of the 2021 - 2022 Summary Guide to Benefits.


Your Open Enrollment Checklist

Whether you are electing benefits for the first time, making changes to your elections, or you are not making any changes at all, Open Enrollment is the perfect time to review all of your information to ensure that it is up-to-date and correct. This checklist provides important steps and resources as you consider your benefits elections.

Benefits Open Enrollment takes place in Pitt Worx, the University's human resources and payroll system. It is recommended that you follow each step in the enrollment process carefully to ensure that you are enrolling in or making changes to your benefits elections successfully and accurately.

✔ 1. Review the Benefits Open Enrollment Information

Information about the Benefits Open Enrollment period is shared through a physical letter mailed to your home, email, my.pitt.edu announcements, NotifyU, on the OHR website, and more. In addition to these materials, you are encouraged to review the Summary Guide to Benefits and the Summaries of Benefits and Coverage for the medical plans.

It is important that you review all of your benefits information, elect your benefits, or make changes to your benefits during the Open Enrollment period. Remember: Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to make changes to the benefits that you have elected, unless you experience a life event (qualified status change).

✔ 2. Log In to Pitt Worx via Pitt Passport and Access the Benefits Section During the Open Enrollment Period

Open Enrollment elections are made online via Pitt Worx, the University's human resources and payroll system.

  1. Login to Pitt Worx by visiting login.pittworx.pitt.edu and logging in with your University account credentials via Pitt Passport.
  2. On the Me page (the Pitt Worx homepage), select Benefits.
  3. If you need to add new dependents, navigate to People to Cover and follow the steps on this page in section "3. Add or Update Information for Your Dependents/Beneficiaries."
    • Note: If you are adding new dependents, you will also need to upload the appropriate documentation in Document Records prior to making your benefits elections.
  4. If you do not need to add new dependents, select the "Make Changes" button and follow the steps on this page in section "4. Enroll in or Make Changes to Your Benefits Elections".

The Panther Gold plan and the Panther Advocate plan meet the J1 Visa status requirements.

Note: If you are adding dependents, you must add them in People to Cover and upload the appropriate documentation in Document Records prior to making your benefits elections. You will not be able to submit changes to your benefits elections (if you wish to enroll them in coverage) if dependents are not added and documentation has not been uploaded.

Need assistance logging in to Pitt Worx? If you have forgotten your University username or password, or if you need to reset your password, learn how on Pitt IT's website.

✔ 3. Add or Update Information for Your Dependents/Beneficiaries

Open Enrollment is a great opportunity to provide dependent Social Security Numbers (SSNs) if they are not currently on file with the University, to maintain compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Note: social security numbers are required (if applicable) for dependents covered under medical, dental, and vision coverage.

If you are adding dependents, you must add them in People to Cover and upload the appropriate documentation in Document Records prior to making your benefits elections. You will not be able to submit changes to your benefits elections (if you wish to enroll them in coverage) if dependents are not added and documentation has not been uploaded.

If you do not need to add new dependents, please follow the steps on this page in section "4. Enroll in or Make Changes to Your Benefits Elections."

Adding a New Dependent and Required Documentation

After selecting People to Cover in the Benefits section of Pitt Worx:

  1. Select the + Add button.
  2. Enter your dependent's information.
  3. After entering and reviewing the information, select the Submit button.
    • The dependent will now be listed in the People section.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3, as necessary, for additional dependents.

After adding your new dependent(s), the appropriate documentation must be uploaded prior to enrolling them in benefits. To add documentation:

  1. From the Benefits section of Pitt Worx, select Document Records (alternatively: navigate to the Pitt Worx homepage, select Benefits from the Me page, and then select Document Records).
  2. On the Document Records page, select the + Add button.
  3. Select the appropriate document type from the Document Type dropdown menu.
  4. Enter the name of the dependent in the Name field and upload the documentation in the Attachments section. Leave the Context Value field blank.
  5. Select the Submit button.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5, as necessary, for each added dependent.

Please note: Certain required documentation must be submitted when adding a dependent. Find a list of required documentation for dependents.

Updating or Removing a Dependent

In People to Cover in the Benefits section of Pitt Worx:

  • If a person needs to be updated, select the dependent's name in the People section, then select the pencil icon to edit the dependent's information.
  • If a person needs to be removed, contact the Benefits Department for assistance by submitting an online request.

✔ 4. Enroll in or Make Changes to Your Benefits Elections

If you have added your new dependents and their required documentation, or if you did not need to add new dependents, you are now ready to make changes to your benefits elections! As a reminder, you can make changes to your elections as often as needed throughout the Open Enrollment period.

Please note: If you wish to enroll in the MetLife Legal Services benefit, you must make this election directly through PittPerks, not Pitt Worx. Visit universityofpittsburgh.corestream.com to get started.

If you DO want to make changes to your benefits elections:

  1. In the Benefits section of Pitt Worx, select the "Make Changes" button.
    • If you are on the homepage of Pitt Worx, select Benefits from the Me page and then select the "Make Changes" button.
  2. Review your dependents listed under People to Cover.
    • If you just added new dependents and their required documentation, they will be listed in the People section.
    • If you already have covered dependents from the previous plan year, they will be listed in the People section.
    • If you do not have any dependents, this section will be blank.
    • If you need to add new dependents, they must be added in People to Cover and their required documentation must be uploaded in Document Records prior to enrolling.
  3. After reviewing your dependents, select the Continue button.
  4. On the Start Enrollment page, review the authorization text, then select the Accept button.
  5. Follow the on-screen directions/prompts to proceed through the enrollment process. For detailed instructions about each election type, please refer to the Benefits Enrollment Process guide on the Pitt Worx Hub (via Pitt Passport).
  6. When you are finished making elections, select the Continue button.
  7. Review your elections and then select the Submit button.
  8. You can then review, print, and/or save the confirmation page with your elections.

If you DO NOT want to make changes to your benefits elections:

  • No action is necessary! All of your current benefits elections will remain the same through June 30, 2022. Unless you experience a life event (qualified status change), you will not be able to make changes to your benefits until the next Open Enrollment period. Learn more about life events (qualified status changes).
  • To review your current elections: Select Your Benefits from the Benefits section in Pitt Worx. Then select Today from the "See benefits as of Date or Event" dropdown menu and then select "Active Program."
  • Even if you do not wish to change your elections, you are still welcome and encouraged to proceed through the Open Enrollment process (via the "Make Changes" button in the Benefits section of Pitt Worx) to ensure that your elections are accurate.

✔ Additional Information

  • In order to protect your confidential information, the University will not mail a printed summary of your current benefits elections. This information may be found in Your Benefits in the the Benefits section in Pitt Worx. You should review and print your online confirmation statement, which is available at the end of the benefits enrollment process, if you make any changes to your benefit elections.
  • Open Enrollment is a great opportunity to provide dependent Social Security Numbers (SSNs) if they are not currently on file with the University, to maintain compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). SSNs can be added in the People to Cover section in Pitt Worx.
  • If you have moved, or will be moving soon, please update your home address in Pitt Worx and with your department administrator.

Benefits Resources

Open Enrollment Materials Health Plan Resources
PittPerks - MetLife Legal Services and Other Voluntary Benefits Additional Benefits and Resources

Webinar: A Guide to Your Benefits at Pitt

The Benefits Department hosted a webinar, A Guide to Your Benefits at Pitt, on Thursday, April 29. The session included information about what's new or changing this year and provided an opportunity to have questions answered. Access a recording of the webinar online.

Who to Contact

For questions regarding Open Enrollment or your benefits at Pitt, please contact the Office of Human Resources' Benefits Department by submitting an online request or by calling 833-852-2210.

Want to learn more about what's available to you here at Pitt?

Benefits: Check out the Benefits section of the OHR website to find information about available insurance plans, education benefits, retirement savings, and more.

New Employees: Welcome to Pitt! Find a variety of campus resources and services, as well as tips on getting to know Pitt and Pittsburgh in the New Employees section.

Wellness for Life: Wellness is more than just your physical health. After updating your enrollment elections, head to this section to learn about wellness in all parts of your life.