Open Enrolloment 2001-2002: April 16-27

To help you evaluate your personal needs for the upcoming Open Enrollment, listed below you will find a checklist. Please review these questions before you receive your Open Enrollment materials. We hope you find this checklist a useful tool.

Do I Need to Enroll?

If you're thinking about whether or not you should take advantage of your once-a-year opportunity to make benefits changes, there are some questions you should ask ...

Are any of your eligible dependents full-time students between the ages of 19 and 23? (Remember: You must certify your dependent's eligibility each year!) YES NO
Would you like to change your health plan? YES NO
Do you want to make any changes to your dental plan? YES NO
Do you want to sign up for or make changes to your vision coverage? YES NO
Do you want to change or cancel your contribution to the Health Care or Dependent Care Pre-Tax Expense Accounts this year? YES NO
Do you wish to accelerate your Health Care or Dependent Care Pre-Tax Expense Account contributions for the July 1, 2000-June 30, 2001 plan year? YES NO
Do you need to change the current coverage for any eligible dependents? YES NO
(Review your Personal Enrollment Form that will be included in your Open Enrollment packet to see who's currently listed. Packets will be mailed for receipt the week of April 9, 2001.) YES NO

If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should go through the enrollment process.

What if I Don't Enroll?

If you don't make any changes during this enrollment period, your current coverages will continue. But there are some important things you should know:

  • Your current coverage will remain in place until next year's annual enrollment, unless you have a qualifying life change event.
  • Your Health Care and/or Dependent Care Pre-Tax Expense Account deduction will automatically continue next year for the same amount. Contributions currently being accelerated will be distributed evenly next year unless you actively elect otherwise.

How Do I Enroll?

That depends on whether you plan to enroll or not. If you haven't answered that question yet, see "Do I Need to Enroll?" Otherwise ...

  1. Make sure you read your enrollment guide (which you will receive the week of April 9) and use the tools available to you on the Penn Web Site at
  2. Review your Personal Enrollment Form (in your enrollment kit). This statement shows your current elections and options, along with the dependent information. If there are any errors, call 1-888-PENNBEN (1-888-736-6236).
  3. Locate your PIN in the upper-right corner of your Personal Enrollment Form.
  4. Pick up the phone and call the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENNBEN (1-888-736-6236) or visit

--Division of Human Resources

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 27, March 27, 2001