2024 Benefits Open Enrollment Period

Opens: 8:00 a.m. CST Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Closes: 5:00 p.m. CST Friday, November 17, 2023

Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to elect or change health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, flexible spending accounts and the eyewear discount plan for the upcoming plan year. Even if you are not planning to change your benefit elections, it is a great opportunity to review your benefits and dependents. It is the employee's responsibility to be aware of open enrollment and to review benefit elections and eligible dependents.

Open Enrollment Knowledge Base Article  - provides instructions on how to review your current benefit elections and how to make changes during open enrollment

Update:  2024 Flexible Spending Account annual limit will be $3,200

               2024 Flexible Spending Account rollover limit will be $640

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Check Out ALEX!

ALEX is a fun, interactive tool to help you explore your Iowa State benefits options. 


ALEX Sneak Peak 2024


When Do Changes Become Effective?

  • January 1, 2024 - Medical, Dental, Avesis Vision, Health Care Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance Program
  • January 1, 2024 or first of the month following approval, whichever is later for Group term Basic Life, Dependent Life or Voluntary Term Life Insurance

Meetings with Benefits Office Staff

If you have questions, you may contact the Benefits Office staff by calling the UHR Service Center at 515-294-4800 or email benefits@iastate.edu. You can also schedule an appointment to meet with a Benefits Consultant via the online scheduler Bookings. Appointments may be held in person or virtually via Teams. We anticipate a high volume of calls in October and November as the ISU retiree open enrollment is also going on at the same time. Please be patient, leave a message and allow 48 hours for us to return your call.  

Faculty/Staff Member Last Name Begins with: Benefits Consultant Schedule Appointment
A-D Jill Pretzer Schedule Appointment
E-K Dawn Shedarowich Schedule Appointment
L-R Teree Hungerford Schedule Appointment
S-Z Sarah Ford Schedule Appointment

Resources and Forms

This webpage is not a complete description of the Iowa State University benefit plans. Nothing on this webpage supersedes or changes any of the terms and conditions of any plan documents, insurance policies, contracts or other legal agreements. If the wording on this webpage contradicts any plan documents, insurance policies, contracts or other legal agreements, the wording in the official document and agreements will govern.