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2021 Open Enrollment - November 2 - 25, 2020

Upcoming Presentation Regarding Plan Changes

As previously announced, there are some changes to the Hampshire College benefit plans for 2021. We will be holding a virtual zoom presentation open to all employees on Wednesday, November 4, from 9 to 10 a.m. Our brokers, Strategic Benefit Advisors, will present on the specifics of the plan renewals and changes. Individuals from SBA, Human Resources, and the Business Office will be available for questions during the virtual meeting.

To join the webinar, use this link:

A recording of the presentation with the detailed plan information will be posted on the HR website for any individuals who can’t make the meeting.

2021 Employee Benefits Guide

The employee benefits guide contains a summary of all plan options and helpful information for getting the most value from your benefit plans for 2021. This includes medical, dental, and vision plans; Health Savings Accounts (HSA); Flex Savings Accounts (FSA); Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, Long-term disability insurance, an Employee Assistance Program, a 403(b) retirement plan, and other benefits. The benefits guide also contains relevant contact information and important notices.

Open Enrollment

Our open enrollment period will be from Monday, November 2, 2020 through Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at noon. The following is some general information about the open enrollment period.

  • This year we are conducting a passive open enrollment which means you do not have to complete a benefit enrollment form if you are not making any changes to your coverage for health, vision, and dental.
  • You will need to complete the 2021 enrollment form if you want to drop/enroll in coverage, change plans, or add/remove a dependent/spouse/partner. Open enrollment is the only time of year you can make changes without a qualifying event. A list of qualifying events are listed in the employee benefits booklet and on the HR website.
  • Open enrollment will take place between Monday, November 2, 2020 and Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at noon. All benefit forms should be in the Human Resources office no later than November 25 to ensure processing for January 1, 2021.
  • Employees who have a Health Savings Account (HSA) will need to renew their accounts for January 1, 2021 by completing a new open enrollment form.
  • Employees who are enrolled in a Flexible Savings Account (FSA), both medical and dependent care, will need to renew their accounts for January 1, 2021 by completing a new open enrollment form.
  • Due to the current pandemic, we are unable to have a benefits fair this year. However, our plan providers and HC Human Resources staff will be available to answer your questions.

More information, including detailed plan information, forms, and contact information can be found on our website at Hampshire Benefits.

For questions regarding this announcement or benefits in general, please email

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Amherst, MA 01002