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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, 2019.  If you wish to remain in the same plan, you do not need to do anything with the exception of Flexible Spending elections and Health Savings Account elections (Pelican HSA plan). These are annual elections. Also, the LSU First Option 2 (higher deductible plan) is being eliminated. Enrolled plan members will be defaulted to LSU First Option 1 (lower deductible) with the option to change to an Office of Group Benefits Health plan.      

2019 Annual Enrollment
Benefits Fair, Presentation Information and Flu Shots!
Tuesday, October 16th
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

University Center Ballroom (Benefits Fair and Flu Shots)
Red River Rooms (Presentations)

Presentation Schedule
LSU First Health (WebTPA) Presentation (Actives and Retirees without Medicare) - 3:00 pm
LSU First Medicare Retiree (United Healthcare) Presentation (Retirees with Medicare) - 3:30 pm


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) Empower Retirement (Deferred Compensation)
Dental and Vision (United Healthcare) Fidelity Investments
LSU Life and AD&D (United Healthcare)  
Accident Protection Plan (United Healthcare)  
Long-Term Care (UNUM/AJG)  
Identity Theft (Identity Force)   
LSUS Supporters / Other  
Christus Schumpert

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! Employees and retirees will need to register for door prizes in the University Center Ballroom. A drawing for all of the prizes will be held at 4:00 pm in the Ballroom. 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 3938 pounds of food during annual enrollment. This year we increased our goal to 4000+ 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, LTD, LTC, Accident Protection, Critical Illness, Identity Protection)   October 1, 2018 October 31, 2018 January 1, 2019
Flexible Spending AND OGB Health Plans:  Magnolia Local, Magnolia Local Plus, Magnolia Open Access, Pelican HRA 1000, Pelican HSA, Vantage Medical Home October 1, 2018 November 15, 2018 January 1, 2019

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. Retiree packets will be mailed soon.

The health plans available for the 2019 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)
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

LSU First Health and Dental insurance premiums will increase:
- LSU First (Active employees and retirees without Medicare) - 3% increase
- Magnolia Local Plus and Magnolia Open Access - No increase!
- Pelican HRA 1000, Pelican HSA 775 and Magnolia Local - No increase!
- Vantage Medical Home HMO - No increase!
- Dental premiums - 5% increase
- UNUM Long-Term Care - 20% increase

Additional documents:
Click here to review the 2019 Annual Enrollment Guide
Click here 
to review 2019 Medical Comparison
Click here to review 2019 Health Insurance premiums for Actives
Click here to review 2019 Health Insurance premiums for Retirees
Please note that individual insurance webpages are in the process of being updated. 

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