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Annual Enrollment

Annual Enrollment provides an opportunity to review and change your benefits for the following calendar year.
Annual Enrollment for faculty, staff and retirees is October 24 to November 4, 2022.

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   Annual Enrollment for Faculty and Staff    

Photo of Vice President for Human Resources Marsha Fischer

Dear colleagues,

Annual Enrollment for faculty and staff is October 24 – November 4, 2022. As always, we hope you will take some time to get to know your plan options and make an informed decision about the coverage that will work best for you in 2023. 

Each year, the Office of Human Resources conducts a benefits review in collaboration with the UM System Office of Finance, our vendor partners and the Total Rewards Advisory Committee (TRAC), comprised of members representing faculty and staff from each university, MU Health Care and retirees. This annual process helps us proactively manage costs and provide a strong benefit to the university community. 

Following this year’s review, I am pleased to announce a second dental plan option, called the Dental Buy Up Plan, effective January 1, 2023. You will find the same coverage for preventive, basic and major services in both the Dental Base Plan and Dental Buy Up Plan. The Buy Up Plan expands coverage to also include orthodontics, a lower deductible and higher annual maximum. 

The university will change its vendor for the Vision Plan to VSP for the 2023 plan year as well. The Vision Plan maintains the same level of coverage as in previous years, and VSP offers additional benefits of no copay for progressive lenses and a lower monthly premium.   

Medical premiums will not change for those with self-only coverage in 2023, and those in other coverage levels will see premium costs similar to those in 2022. Overall, participants who select self and spouse coverage, self and child(ren) coverage or family coverage will see an increase in their premium ranging between $2-29/mo. 

Thank you for engaging in your benefit enrollment process. Please make use of the information included here and on our insurance plan webpages (Health Programs, as well as Life and Disability Insurance). Staying engaged helps ensure you make the choice that best supports you and your family in the coming year.  


Marsha Fischer 
Vice President for the Office of Human Resources University of Missouri

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  1.  Get to know the process (overview and info meetings)

Annual Enrollment is October 24 to November 4, 2022.

Annual Enrollment provides you an annual opportunity to review and change your benefits for the following calendar year. Review your current benefit plan elections in myHR, including enrolled dependents and designated beneficiaries, and make changes as necessary during the Annual Enrollment period.

If you do not make changes to your elections, your current enrollments will continue into the new calendar year, with the exception of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). You must re-enroll in Health Care and Dependent Care FSAs each year.

Informational Meetings

Attend an Annual Enrollment virtual meeting in your location to get information about your benefits options. View the full schedule on the Annual Enrollment informational meetings to find the session that works best for you.

Reach out to your HR Generalist

You can book a one-on-one appointment with your campus HR Generalist to get personalized assistance for all your insurance and enrollment questions.

For additional assistance, contact the HR Service Center by:


  2.  See what is new (plan changes for 2023)

  • Dental Buy Up Plan: An additional dental plan option, with a lower deductible and a higher annual maximum, that expands coverage to include orthodontics ($1,500 lifetime maximum) in addition to the same three categories of preventive, basic and major services available through the Dental Base Plan.
  • New Vision Plan vendor: Vision coverage transitions from Eyemed to VSP effective January 1, 2023. VSP offers additional benefits including no copay for progressive lenses and lower monthly premiums.
  • Monthly premiums: No increase to self-only medical premiums and increases ranging from $2–$29 a month for other coverage levels.
  • Medical out-of-pocket maximum: Increases to out-of-pocket maximums across all medical plan options. 
  • Annual HSA contribution limits: As approved by the IRS, annual limits increase to $3,850/individual and $7,750/family. 
  • Health Care FSA contribution limits: Annual limit increases to $2,850.

  3.  Research your medical plan options (compare medical insurance plans)

The university offers multiple medical insurance plans for faculty, staff and their dependents. UnitedHealthcare is the administrator for all medical plan options, and Express Scripts handles the prescription drug portion of each plan. Medical plan options include:

  • Healthy Savings Plan (for all benefit-eligible employees, no matter where you live/work)
  • Custom Network Plan (for employees living/working in an eligible county near Columbia or St. Louis)
  • PPO Plan (for all benefit-eligible employees no matter where you live/work, unless eligible for the Tiered PPO Plan)
  • Tiered PPO Plan (for employees living/working in an eligible county near Kansas City or Rolla)

All of the plan options use the same prescription drug formulary and the university has negotiated discounted rates on prescriptions drugs. However, the cost for faculty and staff will vary between plan options. To compare medical plan options, estimate prescription drug costs or learn about network providers, visit the UnitedHealthcare health plan options website.

Also check out the Plan Information and Comparison handout (343KB, PDF), which features a comparison chart and premium rates for the available insurance plans, as well as the Researching insurance options webpage for additional resources.


  4.  Consider additional plans and options (dental, vision, life and disability insurance)

Visit the webpage for each plan to see detailed information about coverage available. Also check out the Plan Information and Comparison handout (343KB, PDF), which features a comparison chart and premium rates for the available insurance plans.

Other health coverage

Tax-favored accounts

Life and disability coverage


  5.  Enroll in myHR (select and submit the plans that are right for you)

Once you have decided which insurance plans are best for you, enroll by logging into myHR ( Annual Enrollment provides you an opportunity to review and change your benefits for the following calendar year. Review your current benefit plan elections in myHR, including enrolled dependents and designated beneficiaries, and make changes as necessary during the Annual Enrollment period (October 24 – November 4, 2022).

Get ready

  • Prepare to enroll your dependents.
    • New dependents: In myHR, you will need to specify any spouse, sponsored adult dependent or child you want to cover in each plan. You will need names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers for any new dependents.
    • Proof of Relationship: Proof of Relationship (POR) is required in order to enroll new dependents. Once your plan choices are submitted, submit supporting documentation to the HR Service Center or your campus HR Generalist within the required time frame. See the Proof of Relationship form (PDF) for more information.
  • Select pre-tax vs. after-tax elections. Where pre-tax is an option, you will need to know whether you want to enroll in a plan on a pre-tax or after-tax basis. Premiums are deducted from your paycheck automatically, and selecting pre-tax or after-tax determines the order in which taxes and premiums are deducted. See the Researching Insurance Options Before You Enroll webpage for additional details.

Submit your choices

Full step-by-step instructions on completing the enrollment process, with screenshots, is available on the myHR Training webpage.

  1. You can make plan changes only during your enrollment period.
  2. You are not done with your enrollment until you click both the “Submit Enrollment” button as well as the “Done” button on the pop-up screen.
  3. Open your internet browser and navigate to myHR ( (Firefox or Chrome recommended). Log in with your username and password. Click “Sign In.”
  4. Click the “My Benefits” tile. Then, to access the self-service application, select “Benefits Enrollment” from the menu on the left side of the screen.
  5. Follow the instructions on your screen to select and submit your plan choices or waive coverage.
  6. After you click the “Submit Enrollment” button, a “Benefits Alerts” pop-up will appear stating your enrollments have been submitted. Click “Done.” An email confirmation will be sent to your university email account so you know your submission was received.
  7. In December, once your Confirmation Statement has been generated, you will receive another email to your university email account with steps on how to view/print your confirmation statement.

A few reminders

  • FSA continuation: If you would like to contribute to a Health Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you must re-enroll each year.
  • 2022 FSA to 2023 HSA: If you are switching from an FSA to a Health Savings Account (HSA), your 2022 FSA must have a zero balance by December 31, 2022. If not, contributions to your HSA will be delayed until April 1, 2023.
  • Confirm address in myHR: Make sure your contact information is up to date in myHR ( Select the “My Personal Details” tile to confirm your addresses and preferred phone number (located under “Contact Details”).   There are three categories of address:
    • Home: Where your domicile is physically located (cannot be a PO/APO box).
      • For student employees, this may be a campus dorm, college apartment, etc.
    • Mailing: Where you prefer to receive mailings from the university.
      • For student employees, this may be a parent/guardian’s address.
    • Work: Where your department specifies as a work address (maintained by departments).

  6.  After you enroll (ID cards and types of care)

Watch the mail for important documents

  • New ID cards: Make sure you show your provider your new card(s) at the time of service; benefits are effective even if you have not received your cards yet.
    • Medical/Prescription: You will receive a single ID card for medical/prescription coverage.
    • Dental: You will receive an ID card (in the subscriber’s name) only if you are newly enrolled.
    • Vision: No card is issued.
  • HSA paperwork: If you are newly enrolled in the Healthy Savings Plan and chose to open a Health Savings Account, Optum Bank will send a welcome packet to your home address. In some cases, you may be required to submit additional information to establish your HSA.

Make the most of your health insurance

Preventive services let you take charge of your health and stop problems before they start. If you enroll in medical insurance, in-network preventive care is covered at 100%. Preventive care includes annual physical exams, immunizations and well-child care unrelated to a medical diagnosis. A list of what is considered preventive under Health Care Reform/ACA is available on or UHC's preventive care website.

With vision insurance, annual eye exams are offered with a small copay. Generally speaking, if you are enrolling in the dental plan, routine oral exams are covered completely, but it is always a good idea to check with your provider. Contact information for all insurance administrators is available on the Plan Contacts webpage.

Choose the right type of care

Making an informed decision about your health care needs can save you time and money, but when you are ill or injured, assessing your condition and choosing the best place to go for treatment is not easy. You have many care options, but each is unique in the services it provides. Check out UHC's Where to go for Care flyer for additional information.

Virtual visits

UnitedHealthcare virtual visits, also referred to as virtual care services, let you see and talk to a doctor by phone or video from your mobile device or computer without an appointment, any time. Virtual visits are a great option for when your doctor is not available, if you get sick while traveling or if you are considering visiting a hospital emergency room for a non-emergency health condition. Visit the Virtual Visits webpage for additional information.


  7.  Make the most of other benefits (tuition assistance, EAP and other programs)

The UM System offers benefits that extend well beyond your insurance options and focus on helping you further your education and support the personal health and well-being for you, your family, your friends and your community.

Tuition Assistance

If you meet educational assistance eligibility requirements, 75% of tuition and supplemental fees can be waived for college- level credit courses up to the allotted course limit. After you have one year of continuous full-time service in a fully benefit-eligible position, your spouse and/or dependent may also be eligible to receive a 50% tuition reduction for UM System college-level credit courses up to the allotted limit. Visit the Tuition Assistance webpage to learn more.

You must submit an enrollment form every semester that you want assistance by the required deadline:

  • Fall semester- October 1
  • Spring semester- March 1
  • Summer semester- July 1

If you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, consult your campus veteran services office to learn more about special programs and tuition benefits available only to veterans.

Employee Assistance Program

All employees and their immediate family members — regardless of eligibility for other benefits — have access to free, confidential help for personal or professional challenges. Visit the Employee Assistance Program webpage to learn more.

Flu Shots and Health Screenings

On-campus flu shot clinics are available for faculty, staff and dependents (children 7 years and older accompanied by parent/guardian) enrolled in a university medical insurance plan. Shots are available by appointment only; book a flu shot appointment now or visit the Flu shots and health screenings webpage for additional information.

Please note, MU Health care employees will receive a free vaccination from their Staff Health office.


   Annual Enrollment for Retirees    

Retirees and their dependents have different medical insurance options than active employees. If you are satisfied with your current enrollments and would like to continue the same coverage in 2023, no action is required on your part. You and your covered dependents will be enrolled in the same plans you have now. Changes for 2023 must be submitted by November 4, 2022.

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Retirees: Prepare for Annual Enrollment

To get ready for Annual Enrollment:

  • Update your mailing address to ensure you receive timely communications.
    • Please review and update your home and mailing addresses in myHR.
      • See the myHR Training webpage to view the Retiree Training Guide for instructions on making updates in myHR.
    • If necessary, contact the HR Service Center to request a form to update your address.
  • Review the retiree benefits overview.
  • Attend an informational session to learn about benefits plans and changes for 2023 (full schedule below).
  • Find a provider among a full list of plan contacts.

Retirees: Learn more about the plans available

If you have not received your personalized Annual Enrollment letter by October 18, 2022, contact the HR Service Center.

Learn about UM-sponsored plans

Have questions?

Contact the HR Service Center.

For Medicare-eligible participants, the UnitedHealthcare call center will open September 24, 2022, for questions regarding the 2023 UM-sponsored integrated Medicare Advantage plans with Part D prescription coverage. Call 1-866-899-5903, TTY 711, from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. all time zones, Monday – Friday.


Retirees: Attend an informational session

Online and call-in sessions

The UnitedHealthcare presentations are a general overview of all retiree medical plan changes in 2023 for both non-Medicare and Medicare-eligible members. All retirees and their dependents enrolled in a medical plan are invited to listen in, regardless of Medicare status.

Specific questions regarding University of Missouri retiree benefit premiums and non-medical plans are not addressed on this call. These individual questions should be referred to the HR Service Center for assistance.

Date Time Type of Session Access Information
Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:00  – 11:30 a.m. CST Teleconference (call in only)

Call in: 844-867-6169

Access code: 6360409

Thursday, October 6, 2022 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. CST Webex (call in or view online) Access the meeting via Webex
Meeting # 2693 373 2535 | Password: UoM2023!

Call in for audio only: 763-957-6400
Access code: 2693 373 2535

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 10:00  – 11:30 a.m. CST Webex (call in or view online) Access the meeting via Webex
Meeting # 2692 949 6679 | Password: UoM2023!

Call in for audio only: 763-957-6400
Access code: 2692 949 6679

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. CST Teleconference (call in only)

Call in: 877-226-8189

Access code: 1724216


Retiree Health Benefits Virtual Town Hall

October 18, 2022, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
See detailed event page for speaker and access information.

This event is hosted in cooperation with the four UM System campus retiree associations and focuses on health insurance benefits for retirees during the 2023 calendar year. UM System benefits experts and representatives from the university's insurance vendors will answer questions about medical insurance (both Medicare-eligible and non-Medicare eligible), as well as dental and vision benefits. 


Retirees: Change elections for 2023

Make changes during Annual Enrollment

Annual Enrollment for retirees ends November 4, 2022.

To change medical or dental plans and/or change, cancel or add the vision plan for yourself and your dependents, complete the 2023 Annual Enrollment Retiree Benefits Change Form. Additionally, use this form to make changes to all retiree benefit plan options with an effective date of January 1, 2023. If coverage is reduced or cancelled, it cannot be reinstated at a later date.

Make changes outside Annual Enrollment

To change dental and/or life plan options for yourself and your dependents, or to cancel coverage, including medical, complete a Retiree Benefits Change Form. Please note, you may reduce or cancel coverage in all of these plans at any time during the year and are not limited to retiree Annual Enrollment. If coverage is reduced or cancelled, it cannot be reinstated at a later date.



Visit the archives about Annual Enrollment from previous years.

Reviewed 2022-10-21


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