2022 Benefits Open Enrollment Period
Open Enrollment begins Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at 9 a.m. EST and ends on Monday, November 15, 2021, at 5 p.m. EST.
Elections will be effective January 1, 2022.Virtual Benefits Fair
It's time to consider your needs, review your benefit coverages, and maybe make some changes for 2022 — and it's also the time when you need to reenroll for certain benefits if you want them to continue in 2022. The benefits you have in 2021 might not make sense for you in 2022. Your situation may have changed this year or be changing in 2022. During the Open Enrollment period, you can make changes to many of your benefit coverages.
Some changes have been made to the benefit programs for 2022, such as Aetna Medical Plan premiums, the maximum amount you can contribute to the Aetna Medical Plan 4 Health Care Savings Account, and any Reimbursement Account limits modified by the IRS.
This year, our Open Enrollment period will be a little different.
- Our Benefits Office staff will be available by phone, online, or you can make an appointment to meet with them at the Lab.
- We will not have a benefits fair on site this year. Instead, we will have a virtual benefits fair on our Benefit Programs website with online videos and other materials from our Aetna Medical Plans, the Delta Dental Plans, the EyeMed Vision Care Plan, the PayFlex Reimbursement Accounts, and TIAA, where you can learn about the plans during the Open Enrollment period.
This website includes details regarding changes to the plans, plan designs and contributions, the ALEX benefits selection modeling tool, and instructions for making your Open Enrollment elections*. We've added Frequently Asked Questions for quick reference.
BSA Benefits & You A downloadable version of the contents of this website.
Questions? The Benefits Office is here to
help. Contact the Benefits Office staff at
(631) 344-5126, Ext. 3724, Ext. 2559 or Ext. 8877.
* Retirees on Medicare, this website is not for you. Your medical plan is administered through the exchange managed by SelectQuote Senior. Call SelectQuote Senior at 1-866-479-8317 (press Option 1).
About Open Enrollment
During Open Enrollment, eligible employees may enroll in or drop medical, dental and/or vision care coverage, change from one medical or dental plan to another, add/drop covered family members, and/or sign up for reimbursement accounts and the vacation buy plan. All changes made during the Open Enrollment period are effective January 1, 2022. It is important that you make an election regarding your medical coverage for 2022 during the Open Enrollment period. Outside of this period, you may only make changes to your coverage when a Qualifying Event occurs.
During the Open Enrollment period, you may also sign up for the health care reimbursement account, the dependent day care reimbursement account, the transit commuter reimbursement account, the parking reimbursement account and/ or the vacation buy program. Your 2021 elections for these programs do not carry forward from 2021 to 2022, so if you want to participate in these programs in 2022, you must enroll during the Open Enrollment period.
See the list of changes to the programs for 2022.
Choosing a plan
Open Enrollment elections can be completed online for medical, dental and vision care benefits, reimbursement accounts, and the vacation buy program. Online enrollment requires that you have a password for PeopleSoft HR (the same system used for electronic time reporting). For those without access to PeopleSoft HR on the Brookhaven Lab internal network, computer kiosks are available in the Human Resources lobby in Bldg. 400.
Open Enrollment is the time during which you can do the folling for your plans:
Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
- Elect or drop these benefits
- Add or drop eligible family members, and/or
- Elect a different medical or dental plan
If you are enrolled in the Aetna Medical Plan 4, you can change your contribution to the Health Savings Account at any time.
If you do not make changes to these benefit elections, you'll automatically remain in the Medical, Dental and/or Vision Care Plans you have on December 31, 2021, if any. Any dependent children who are on your coverage on December 31, 2021 who are no longer eligible on January 1, 2022 will automatically be dropped from your coverage. (For instance, a child who reaches age 23 in 2021 and is in the Dental Plan will no longer be eligible for coverage in 2022.)
Health Care and/or Dependent Day Care Reimbursement Accounts
You can elect this benefit.
You are not automatically reenrolled in these accounts from year to year. If you want these benefits in 2022, you must reenroll. Otherwise, they will end on December 31, 2021.
Transit and/or Parking Reimbursement Accounts
At any time during the year you can:
- Elect or drop these benefits, and/or
- Increase or decrease your contribution amounts.
You must reenroll to continue contributions in 2022. Any unspent funds remaining in the account from 2021 will roll over into 2022, whether you reenroll or not.
Vacation Buy Plan
You are not automatically reenrolled in this plan from year to year. If you want to use plan in 2022, you must reenroll.