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Faculty & Staff Open Enrollment is Here

Open Enrollment is now open and will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 12. All changes made during this time period will be effective January 1, 2022. 


Do You Need to Participate in Open Enrollment?

We encourage you to review your current coverage options to ensure they meet your needs and the needs of your family in the coming year.

  • If you do not want an FSA or HSA for 2022, you do not need to do anything.
  • If you do want an FSA or HSA, you must re-enroll every year. If you do not re-enroll, you will not receive benefits in 2022.
  • If you wants to change coverage for 2022 you must take action during Open Enrollment.
Introducing Pet Insurance

Northwestern is excited to introduce pet insurance for your dogs and cats for US based faculty and staff.  Now more than ever, pets are playing a significant role in our lives and it’s even more important to keep them safe and healthy. Help protect you and your furry family members against unplanned vet expenses for covered accidents or illnesses with MetLife Pet Insurance.  To enroll, contact MetLife directly at 800 GET-MET8 or on their website (Customer 236559).

Additional information on the pet insurance website.

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Benefit eligibility

University employees — like staff, faculty, visiting scholars — and their spouses and dependent children are eligible for benefits. Eligibility for benefits varies based on employment classification.
Benefit eligibility

Benefit changes

Change your benefit elections during Open Enrollment or when you experience an IRS Qualifying Event, such as adding a child to your family, getting married, or changing positions.
Benefit changes

Postdoctoral Benefit Plans

New benefit package for all postdoctoral trainees at Northwestern University. This new benefits package will create parity between all postdocs.
Postdoctoral Benefit Plans

Leaving employment, Losing coverage & COBRA

When you terminate employment with the University, you may elect to temporarily continue to participate in certain University-sponsored benefits through COBRA or to convert certain coverage to an individual policy directly with the sponsoring insurance company.
Losing coverage & COBRA

Retiree Plans

As a Northwestern University retiree, you may enroll in the following medical, dental, and/or vision plan(s). Review the benefit options below and enroll in the plan(s) that are right for you. Once you have reviewed the plan options below, please review the retirement process for information on how to enroll.
Retiree Plans
All resources on benefits changes, eligibility and enrollment.

Help with benefits

Find resources that may be helpful as you manage your Northwestern benefits. If you have any questions or concerns — either during benefits enrollment or any time throughout the year — please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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