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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Login to VandalWeb.
  2. Click Employees tab.
  3. Click Benefits tab.
  4. Click myBenefits.
  5. Click to go to the UI myBenefits Website
  6. Enroll!

No. You can get your prescriptions filled at any CVS Caremark network retail or mail service pharmacy, which includes Walgreens. For a full list of in-network pharmacies, go to CVS Caremark.

For full-time employees, 2017 benefits will carry forward into 2018 (excluding tax sheltered savings and spending accounts) so unless you want to make changes, you do not need to re-enroll in your coverage. You must act during open enrollment, however, if you:

  • ...want to add or drop any dependents. You can enroll dependents up to age 26 — regardless of their student, financial or marital status.
  • ...need to change any benefits elections. Take the time to review the enrollment materials and consider your 2018 needs.
  • ...want to contribute to a pre-tax account. 2017 elections for these programs do not carry forward. You must elect a contribution amount to participate in the Dependent Care Spending Account (DCSA), Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA).
  • ...are less than full-time and want to enroll in benefits. Part-time and three-quarter time employees will need to make an active election or they will be defaulted into waived coverage. This change is necessary to ensure compliance with Health Care Reform.

Contact the vendors directly to make changes; contact information is on the Benefits Website under Voluntary Benefits.

Because your election is opening a bank account (HSA) in your name, HealthEquity must have a physical address for you. If you have a PO Box as your mailing address with the university, then yes, you will need to complete an enrollment form. If your mailing address is a physical address then there are no forms to complete. Once your election has been made in the myBenefits portal in VandalWeb, your information will automatically be sent to HealthEquity, who may contact you for additional information to verify your identity.

You must submit your Health Evidence Form within 60 days of your election.

It may. Here are some things to keep in mind: 

  • If you retire mid-year, you may need to meet two deductibles. Retirees have a different medical plan than active employees and amounts paid to satisfy a deductible may not transfer from one plan to the other.
  • If you provide coverage for dependents, your dependents will move from the plan for active employees to the retiree plan. Further, any dependents you wish to cover on your retiree medical benefits must have been covered under your active medical benefits plan.

The decision to retire is complex. Please contact Judy Colbeck at 208-885-3608 or Kim Ridle at 208-885-3616 if you are contemplating retiring next year.

If you have already completed your annual enrollment, but would like to make changes, you may do so click/tap Quick actions for a list of shortcuts. Click or tap View My Elections or click/tap the checkbox at the top for Annual Enrollment. From here, next to the Annual Enrollment event, there is the option to edit or restart your enrollment event.

Yes, if you currently waive coverage, your election will carry forward. However, you will still be required to provide proof of other coverage. This is because the state of Idaho and the University of Idaho want to ensure all employees have medical insurance so we are prepared for health care reform changes that will require individuals to have medical coverage.

The new plans will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Annual Enrollment is Oct. 16 through midnight (Pacific) Nov. 7. You can log into your profile through Vandal Web, click on "myBenefits" in the Employee Menu tab, and make your benefits elections beginning Oct. 16.

For questions regarding benefit changes for 2018 you may contact the University Benefits Center at 800-646-6174 or 208-885-3697.

The two-year dental plan allows the university to offer employees dental benefits without a waiting period. Plus, a two-year lock helps contain overall plan costs and reduces the number of times that the plans need to be reviewed and changed.

No. You must elect a new contribution amount each year. 2017 elections do not carry forward.

Yes, the university will continue to match HSA contributions; however there is a new contribution match on family coverage.

2018 contribution amounts

Employee-only coverage

You may save up to $2,950 (Contribute $1,000 to receive the full university matching contribution)

The university will contribute up to $500 ($0.50 for every $1.00 contributed)

“Family” coverage in one of the following coverage tiers:

  • Employee + Spouse or Other Eligible Adult*
  • Employee + Child
  • Employee + Children
  • Employee + Spouse + Child(ren)

You may save up to $5,900 (Contribute $2,000 to receive the full university matching contribution)

The university will contribute up to $1,000 ($0.50 for every $1.00 contributed)

If you are age 55 or over in 2018, you can save an additional $1,000 in catch-up contributions.

*An individual on a family plan with an Other Eligible Adult may contribute up to $6,900, however Employee HSA funds may not be used for an Other Eligible Adult as they do not qualify as tax dependents under current federal tax law. However, an Other Eligible Adult may open their own HSA account.

To review and print your current benefit elections, follow the steps below.

  1. Log into VandalWeb.
  2. Click on the Employees tab.
  3. Click on Benefits.
  4. Click on myBenefits, then myBenefits again.
  5. Once you are in your benefits portal, click on “View my Benefits” under myTools.
  6. Click "print" in the upper right hand corner.

Please remember to print your elections after you enroll.

If you experience a life event after completing Annual Enrollment and the new plan year has not started yet, your Annual Enrollment event will reset and you will need to complete it again.

Information on qualifying life events.

Physical Address:
415 West 6th Street
Moscow, ID 83844-4332 

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4332
Moscow, ID 83844-4332 

Phone: 208-885-3697

Fax: 208-885-3330

Email: benefits@uidaho.edu

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