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Annual Enrollment: Benefits Fair

Annual Enrollment is the time of year when employees can make changes to their insurance plans. Plan changes are effective January 1, 2017.  If you wish to remain in the same plan, you do not need to do anything with the exception of Flexible Spending. Employees who would like to enroll in flexible spending must do so each calendar year.  We are changing flex spending vendors this year.  Diversified Benefits Services (DBS) will replace Boon Chapman as the vendor for the Flexible Spending Plan in 2017. DBS will conduct a brief presentation at the benefits fair.   

2017 Annual Enrollment
Benefits Fair and Presentation Information
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Noel Memorial Library (3rd floor)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Presentation Schedule
Flexible Spending (New vendor - Diversified Benefits Services) - 10:45 am
LSU First Health Presentation (Actives and Retirees without Medicare) - 11:00 am
LSU First Medicare Retiree Presentation (Retirees with Medicare) - 11:30 am


Insurance Vendors Retirement Vendors
LSU First Health Insurance (WebTPA) TIAA-CREF
Citizens Rx VOYA
LSU First Medicare Retiree (United Healthcare) VALIC
Flex Spending (Diversified Benefits Services) Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL)
Dental and Vision (United Healthcare) Empower Retirement (Deferred Compensation)
LSU Life and AD&D (United Healthcare)  
Accident Protection Plan (United Healthcare)  
Long-Term Care (UNUM/AJG)  
LSUS Supporters / Other  
Campus Federal Credit Union START Savings Program
Sam's Club AT&T Mobile
Splash Kingdom  

Office of Group Benefits (OGB) Representatives will NOT be present at the LSUS Benefits Fair.  OGB representatives conduct regional meetings only. Please review the following link for the OGB Meeting schedule.     

Christus Physician Group (Part of Christus Health)will be on site at the Benefits Fair and will administer flu shots again this year.  Please make sure to bring your license and insurance card if you are interested.

We have some great door prizes! Retirees will need to register for door prizes in the Noel Memorial Library. A drawing for all of the prizes will be held at 1:00 pm in the Noel Memorial Library. Employees / retirees do not have to be present to win.

NWLA Food Bank Food Drive

We will also host a food drive during the Benefits Fair and for the entire month of October.  Please bring whatever you can. All donations will be delivered to the NWLA Food Bank on behalf of LSUS in early November.  Last year we collected / donated over 1700 pounds of food during annual enrollment. We have increased our goal to 2000 pounds!  All items will be delivered in time for Thanksgiving.  We will have a collection bin at the Benefits Fair.  

LSU sets its own annual enrollment period which is different than the Office of Group Benefits annual enrollment period. Please pay attention to the different annual enrollment periods 


Insurance Plans Start Date Deadline Effective Date of change
LSU First Health Plan and LSU Voluntary Benefits (Dental, Vision, AD&D, LSU Life, Flexible Spending, LTD, LTC, Accident Protection, Critical Illness)   October 1, 2016 October 31, 2016 January 1, 2017
OGB Health Plans:  Magnolia Local, Magnolia Local Plus, Magnolia Open Access, Pelican HRA 1000, Pelican HSA, Vantage Medical Home October 1, 2016 November 15, 2016 January 1, 2017

Employees are eligible to switch between the LSU First Health Plans and Office of Group Benefit (OGB) Health Plans.  All plans count as state health insurance coverage.  Please note that the State Office of Group Benefits does not publish information on the LSU First Health Plan as only LSU System employees and retirees are eligible to enroll. 

The health plans available for the 2017 plan year are as follows.

LSU Plan Administrator
LSU First Health Plan (Option 1)  lower deductible WebTPA (Claims administrator), AETNA and Verity Healthnet (provider networks)
LSU First Health Plan (Option 2)  higher deductible WebTPA (Claims administrator), AETNA and Verity Healthnet (provider networks)
OGB Plans Administrator
Magnolia Open Access Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA
Magnolia Local Plus Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA
Magnolia Local Community Blue and Blue Connect
Pelican HRA 1000 Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA
Pelican HSA 775 Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA
Vantage Medical Home HMO Vantage

Health and Dental insurance premiums will increase:
- LSU First (Active employees and retirees without Medicare) - 7.5% increase
- Magnolia Local Plus and Magnolia Open Access - 7.5% increase
- Pelican HRA 1000, Pelican HSA 775 and Magnolia Local - 3% increase
- Vantage Medical Home HMO - 7% increase
- Dental premiums - 5% increase

Additional documents:
Click here to review 2017 Annual Enrollment Information / Changes / Rate increases, etc.
Click here to review 2017 Annual Enrollment Information and Workday
Click here to review 2017 Medical Comparison
Click here to review 2017 Health Insurance premiums for Actives and Retirees without Medicare
Click here to review 2017 Health Insurance premiums for Retirees with Medicare
Please note that individual insurance webpages are in the process of being updated.