Updates and Changes for 2021

The information below is only an overview of changes to your benefits options in 2021. To see full information about all of your benefits choices, visit the 2021 Benefits Options page.

Medical Plan Changes for 2021

The Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) plans are being replaced with a new plan called the Triple Choice Plan (TCP). Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and UnitedHealthcare will be the medical insurance carriers.

The High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA) will continue to be offered, but with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and UnitedHealthcare as new insurance carriers and Optum as the new HSA bank.

Other notes

  • Some premiums will change. The University will continue to contribute approximately 88% of the total premium cost.

  • Some deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums will increase.

Learn more about the Medical Plan Changes

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

Dependent Care FSA only
To assist employees who were unable to spend their full dependent care contributions by December 31, ABOR is adding a grace period for the 2020 and 2021 plan years only.

Grace periods:

  • Apply your 2020 contributions to expenses incurred through March 15, 2021 (Rather than December 31, 2020).

  • Apply your 2021 contributions to expenses incurred through March 15, 2022 (Rather than December 31, 2021).

Healthcare FSA only

  • Contribution limit rising to $2,750.

  • Maximum rollover from 2021 to 2022 will be $550.

Avesis Vision Plan

Premiums are decreasing slightly for the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) plan and the University Alternative Plan.

ADOA plan only

  • The LASIK benefit is increasing from $600 to $750.

  • You can get a $25 discount on frames at Target Optical.

  • The discount program will no longer be available to employees who do not enroll in the vision plan.

Medical ID and Debit Cards

All employees
You will receive new medical insurance ID cards before January 2021. Temporary cards can be printed from the vendors’ websites.

HDHP plan enrollees
An HSA account with Optum Bank will be opened for you. You may need to verify your identity with Optum to activate your account and receive a debit card. It is important to open all mailings from Optum Bank and Payflex (the previous HSA bank).

Short-Term Disability

Premium rates for the MetLife plan are increasing slightly, from 31¢ to 31.6¢ per $100 of salary.

Vendor Name Changes

The Cigna Dental HMO plan is now Cigna Dental Access.

Aetna life insurance is now The Hartford.

These changes do not affect premiums or coverage in any way.