Annual Benefits Enrollment

Each year, Emory University offers you the opportunity to review your benefit elections during the annual enrollment period and make changes for the upcoming plan year. This year’s annual benefits enrollment period will be held October 26 through November 6, 2020. Changes made to your coverage will become effective January 1, 2021.

What's New for 2021?

Medical, Dental and Vision Plan Rates

Some good news for the upcoming year is that the rates for the Aetna HSA and POS medical plans will not increase. There are also no changes in cost for co-insurance, deductibles or co-pays for these two plans. Dental plan rates will also remain the same as last year and there is only a slight increase in the vision plan rates for 2021. View rates.

Emory Welcomes Kaiser Permanente

We are very excited to expand our offerings for 2021 by bringing on Kaiser Permanente as a new medical plan option, providing our faculty and staff with a new choice for their health care. Learn more about Kaiser Permanente.

New Tool to Help with Benefits Decisions

There is a lot to think about when making your 2021 benefit elections, especially with a new medical plan option to consider, so we’re launching a new, easy-to-use tool. ALEX® will help you better understand your benefits options so you can make smart, cost-effective choices. Use ALEX.

Medical Plan Incentives

Incentives will be offered again in 2021, giving you the opportunity to offset your medical costs by participating in a variety of healthy activities. View incentives.

Medical Coverage

Emory offers comprehensive medical coverage to help protect you and your family from catastrophic medical costs. You can choose from three different plans:

  1. Aetna HSA Plan
  2. Aetna POS Plan
  3. Kaiser Permanente Plan

For detailed information about each of these plans, review the 2021 Benefits Guide or use the following tools to help you decide which plan is right for you:

Medical Plan Rates

View monthly/biweekly employee contribution amounts for the 2021 plan year.

View rates

Medical Plan Comparison Chart

Compare deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums, copays, coinsurance and other medical expenses for all three medical plans.

See chart


Use  ALEX, our new online benefits counselor, to help lead you to the plans that work best for you.

Go to ALEX

Dental and Vision Coverage

Dental Coverage

You can choose between two different types of dental plans:

  1. Aetna Traditional Dental (PPO)
  2. Aetna Dental Maintenance Organization (DMO).

You can learn more about these plans in the 2021 Benefits Guide.

View 2021 dental rates

Vision Coverage

Emory offers an optional vision plan through EyeMed Vision Care. Refer to the 2021 Benefits Guide for more details.

View 2021 vision rates

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Reminder

According to IRS regulations, each year you must enroll during your benefits annual enrollment period if you want to participate in either a Healthcare FSA or a Dependent Day Care FSA.

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is funded with money you contribute on a pre-tax basis. You can use FSA funds to pay for qualified out-of-pocket health care costs for you and eligible dependents or dependent day care charges.

For 2021, you can contribute between $200 and $2,750 pre-tax annually into the Healthcare FSA and between $200 and $5,000 in a Dependent Day Care FSA.  If you are married and file separately, you can contribute up to $2,500 in a Dependent Day Care FSA.

Learn more about FSAs in the 2021 Benefits Guide.

Other Coverage

During annual enrollment, you can also add or make changes to many other types of coverage such as life insurance, short or long term disability, and much more. For information, review the 2021 Benefits Guide.

How to Enroll

Step 1: Learn More

Learn more about the benefits that are available to you by reviewing the 2021 Benefits Guide.

Attend a Session or Watch a Video

You may wish to attend a benefits session. Due to the pandemic, our benefits team will hold all of this year’s annual enrollment presentations virtually, as Zoom webinars. Pre-registration is required. Dates and times are:

If are unable to attend a session, you can watch a pre-recorded video:

You can also watch the video, 2021 Annual Enrollment Presentation: Introducing Kaiser Permanente for Emory University to learn more about the new medical option.

Step 2: Enroll Online

During the annual enrollment period, October 26 - November 6, 2020, go to Self-Service to complete your enrollment online. View steps.

You will need your network ID and password. If you don’t know your password, call 404-727-7777 for assistance.

Note: Duo Security Two-Factor Authentication is required to log in to Self-Service from outside the Emory network.

Step 3: Print, Review, Save

Once you have completed your enrollment online, save or print a copy of your confirmation statement, review it for accuracy, and retain it for your records. Confirmation statements will also be emailed to you after enrollment closes.


Make sure you've completed everything with the Annual Enrollment Checklist.