Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment. Enrollment period: April 24-May 15, 2019. Plan year: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.

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

  • Full-time regular faculty, librarians, research associates, post-doctoral 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.

Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements are covered by the terms of those agreements.


2019-2020 Summary Guide to Benefits

View an online flipbook of the 2019 - 2020 Summary Guide to Benefits.

2019-2020 Summary Guide to Benefits, linked banner with cathedral of learning and flowering trees

Or, download a PDF of the 2019 - 2020 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 resources for important items to consider during the Open Enrollment period.

✔ Review the Benefits Open Enrollment Information

Information about the Benefits Open Enrollment period is shared through a physical letter mailed to your home, Read Green, my.pitt.edu announcements, NotifyU, on the OHR website, and more. 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 qualified status change.

✔ Log In via Pitt Passport During the Open Enrollment Period

Open Enrollment elections are made online through the Pitt Portal at my.pitt.edu.

  1. Login at my.pitt.edu and select PRISM (either on the right side on the homepage or by navigating to the Human Resources page through the Pitt Portal under "My Resources").
  2. Select PHR Employee Self Service and then Benefits.

If you have forgotten your username or password, or if you need to reset your password, learn how on CSSD's website.

✔ 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.

After navigating to the Benefits section in PRISM, the first screen is for a list of your dependents. If an individual needs to be added, select the Add Another Person button. If a person needs to be updated, select the pencil icon in the Update column of the table. If an individual needs to be removed, contact the Benefits Department for assistance by emailing hr-benque@pitt.edu.

✔ Enroll or Make Changes to Your Benefits Elections

The table on the Benefits Enrollments page reflects the plans in which you are currently enrolled. Select the Current Benefits tab at the top of the page to review your current elections and the dependents listed for the various plans, if applicable.

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

  1. Select the Update Benefits button on the top right corner.
  2. Complete the online enrollment form to elect your desired benefits for the new plan year. Then select the Submit_Proceed button on the top right.
  3. If you are including dependents on your coverage, use the online form to designate on what plan(s) they should be included. Then select the Submit_Proceed button on the top right.
  4. If you are newly electing the Panther Gold HMO (medical plan) and/or Concordia Plus DHMO (dental plan) for yourself or a dependent, you will need to select a primary care provider. After selecting a primary care provider, select the Submit_Proceed button on the top right.
    • The required provider codes can be found on the plan vendors' websites.
    • Medical is a four (4) digit code; Dental is a nine (9) digit code.
  5. On the Confirmation page, you can print a copy of your confirmation statement for your records.
    • In order to protect your confidential information, the University will not mail a printed summary of your benefits elections. This information may be accessed on the self-service section of PRISM through my.pitt.edu. It is recommended that you print this confirmation statement if you have made changes to your elections.
    • You can make changes multiple times throughout the open enrollment period.

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

  1. No action is necessary! All of your current benefits elections will remain the same through June 30, 2020. Unless you experience a qualified status change, you will not be able to make changes to your benefits until the next Open Enrollment period. Learn more about qualified status changes.

✔ Additional Information

  • In order to protect your confidential information, the University will not mail a printed summary of your current benefit elections. This information may be found on the self-service section of PRISM accessible through my.pitt.edu. You should print and review your online confirmation statement, which is available at the end of the benefits self-service 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 through the online benefits self-service process through PRISM.
  • If you have moved, or will be moving soon, please update your home address with your department administrator and with the University's Payroll Department.

Resources and Questions

Webinar: A Guide to Your Benefits at Pitt

Join us for a live webinar hosted by OHR about Open Enrollment and the benefits available to you at Pitt. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about what's new this year and to get any questions you may have answered.

The webinars have already taken place! View a recording of the webinar online.

Courtesy Computers in Craig Hall

Courtesy computers will be available in Craig Hall throughout the Open Enrollment period to enroll in your benefits or to make changes to your current elections. A Benefits representative will be available to assist with enrolling and to answer any questions you may have.

Dates: Wednesday, April 24 - Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Location: Craig Hall, 3rd Floor (Benefits Department)

Who to Contact

For questions regarding Open Enrollment or your benefits at Pitt, please contact the Office of Human Resources' Benefits Department:

Visit: 320 Craig Hall, 200 South Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Call: 412-624-8160
Email: hr-benque@pitt.edu
Submit an online request

The Benefits Department hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

2019 Benefits Fairs & Webinars

Benefits Fairs

Attend a benefits fair to learn more about the Open Enrollment process, meet with vendors, and have your questions answered.

Pittsburgh Campus

Monday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Scaife Hall, Room 1105 A, B, C

Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
WPU Assembly Room

Tuesday, April 30, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WPU Assembly Room

Regional Campuses

Bradford
Wednesday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mukaiyama University Room

Greensburg
Thursday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Village Hall, Room 118

Johnstown
Tuesday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cambria Room

Titusville
Thursday, May 9, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Student Union, Boomer's Cafe
 

Webinar: A Guide to Your Benefits at Pitt

Join us for a live webinar hosted by OHR about Open Enrollment and the benefits available to you at Pitt. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about what's new this year and to get any questions you may have answered.

The webinars have already taken place! View a recording of the webinar online.

Open Enrollment Brown Bag Event

Want to learn more about your benefits options in person? Join Staff Council and the Office of Human Resources for a brown bag event about Open Enrollment on Thursday, May 2 at 12:00 p.m. in the WPU Ballroom.

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

Benefits: Check out the Benefits department 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.