2020-21 Benefits Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Period: Monday, April 20 - 5 p.m. ET Friday, May 1, 2020
Effective Date of All Changes:  July 1, 2020

The annual Open Enrollment period has ended.  The following information is archival information for your reference.  

Annual Open Enrollment provides an opportunity to review and change your benefits for the following plan year (July 1 - June 30).  Review your benefit plan elections online in CMU Choices, including enrolled dependents and designated benficiaries.  

Who Needs to Enroll
Elections were required for the following benefits plans for the 2020-21 plan year (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021).

  • Vision Coverage (Fixed-term Faculty only)
  • Health and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)

For additional details, see the chart below.

​Staff/Medical Faculty/Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
​Fixed-Term Faculty
​Regular Faculty
Medical/ Prescription*
​Same as Current Election
​Same as Current Election
​Same as Current Election: MESSA Open Enrollment is held each Fall
​Same as Current Election
Same as Current Election​​Same as Current Election
​Same as Current Election

NEW VSP Election Form Required

​Same as Current Election
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
NEW Election Required
NEW Election Required
​NEW Election Required
Health Savings Account (HSA)
​NEW Election Required
​NEW Election Required
​NEW Election Required
Life/AD&D and Disability
​Same as Current Election
​Same as Current Election
​Same as Current Election
​​ *If you currently waive medical/prescription,  dental and/or vision, no action is required as the “no coverage” election will roll over to next year.

Open Enrollment Postcard


Staff, Fixed-Term and Medical Faculty, Post-Doc Research Fellows
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All Employee Groups​
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Online Enrollment Process

All enrollments and/or changes for 2020-21 must be completed through CMU Choices online enrollment system by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 1, 2020.

  • Click on the "CMU Choices - Online Enrollment System" button at the top of this webpage
  • If not already signed in, log in to CentralLink using your Global ID and password
  • For security purposes, enter the last four digits of your Social Security number and click on the "Validate PIN" button
  • Read the disclosure and click on the "agree and continue" button
  • Review and select your benefit coverage for next year
    • Hint: CMU Choices is a live system so your elections are being recorded as you make your choices
  • Once you are done, click on the "Next Year Summary" at the top left corner and review it to ensure you have successfully made your elections for 2020-21
    • Hint: You should save and/or print your Next Year Summary for your records

Picwell: Get Help Making Your Decisions

Get answers on the go with iBenefits mobile app

​With iBenefits, faculty and staff can take their benefits information* on the go.

  • Stay informed with important benefit plan announcements such as Open Enrollment dates, deadline and more.
  • Snap and save photos of ID cards.
  • Get answers to common questions quickly with contact information and one-touch dialing.

Download the app today. Available in the Apple App Store or Google Play store, just search for "iBenefits" app.  Regular faculty should use "CMU2019RF" login code and all other benefit-eligible employees use "CMU2019".

*2020-2021 Plan Designs will update in July, 2020.