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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Period: November 2, 2015-December 4, 2015

A summary of  benefit changes for 2015 are included in the Open Enrollment Preview letter (pdf).

Detailed information summarizing new (and all other) benefit programs are included in the Open Enrollment letter (pdf)

All enrollment forms with changes must be received in the human resources office by the December 4, 2015 deadline. Any changes you make will be effective January 1, 2016, as will any applicable changes to your 2016 payroll deductions.

The Benefits Fair in the Red Barn is a great opportunity to meet with representatives from the benefit plans and other on-campus groups and have your questions answered by the experts.

The annual benefits open enrollment period is the one occasion each year during which employees have the opportunity to make voluntary changes to their enrollment elections for their health, dental, and vision insurances as well as to their election to participate in the medical and/or dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).

Benefit Enrollment/Change/Reimbursement Forms and Additional Information

Health Insurance

Health Insurance Enrollment/Change Form (pdf) Find your insurance plan on the list below. Write the corresponding letter on the PRODUCT line next to the Member Section arrow (in blue) on the enrollment/change form. 

  • HMO = B
  • Advantage (Low Cost) HMO = E
  • PPO = L

Advantage (Low Cost) HMO Information

Advantage (Low Cost) HMO Summary of Benefits (pdf)
Low Cost HMO Deductible Details Information Sheet (pdf) REVIEW CLOSELY
Low Cost HMO Member Information Sheet (pdf)

Other Health Information and Reimbursement Forms

HMO Summary of Benefits (pdf)
PPO Summary of Benefits (pdf)
Fitness Reimbursement Form (pdf)
Prescription Mail Order Form (pdf)
Member Reimbursement Medical Claim Form (pdf)

Dental Insurance

Dental Insurance Enrollment/Change Form (pdf)
Dental Claim Form (pdf)

Vision Insurance

Vision Insurance Enrollment/Change Form (pdf)

Flexible Spending Account

The IRS has set the maximum limit that you can elect for the health care spending account at $2,550 for 2015. The dependent care maximum remains at $5,000 for 2015.

Flexible Spending Account Enrollment Form (pdf)
Health Care Flexible Spending Account Calculator (pdf)
Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Calculator (pdf)
Flexible Spending Claim Form (pdf)

Life Insurance

Effective January 1, 2015, Hampshire will change insurance carriers from the Lincoln Financial Group to Symetra. The current basic life insurance benefit will remain at 2.0 times your annual salary benefit, up to a maximum of $150,000.

Employees have the option to purchase additional life insurance for themselves, their spouses or partners, and children. This supplemental life insurance coverage is employee-paid.

Life Insurance Enrollment Form (pdf)
Beneficiary Change Form (pdf)
Life Insurance Evidence of Insurability Form (pdf)
Life Insurance Summary of Benefits (pdf)


This website is intended as a general overview of Hampshire College benefits plans only. Every effort has been made to summarize these programs accurately. In all cases, the actual provisions of each benefit plan will govern if there is any inconsistency between this site and Hampshire's formal plans or contracts.

Related Documents

Open Enrollment 2015 Informational Session Presentation

Open Enrollment 2015 Medical Plan Presentation

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Amherst, MA 01002
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