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How to Enroll in Benefits

You are eligible for benefits if you work half-time or more in a faculty, exempt, classified or postdoctoral position.

As a new benefit-eligible employee, you will receive an email when the myBenefits portal is open for you to select your benefits. You will have 30 days from your first day of work to enroll in benefits and provide required documentation.

Where do I start?

When can I enroll?

  • You will receive an email at your U of I employee address when your myBenefits portal opens, which is usually within two weeks of your first day of work.
  • You will have 30 days from your first day of work to complete your enrollment and provide required documentation.

How do I enroll?

Once you have received your email notification:

  1. Log in to VandalWeb.
  2. Select the Employees tab and then select myBenefits. You will be re-directed to the myBenefits portal landing page.
  3. Click on New Hire.
  4. Add each dependent who will be covered on your benefits plan (medical, dental, vision, and/or life insurance).
  5. Make your benefit elections for each benefit type (health, spending account, life, etc.). Use the Recalculate button at any time to see your PER PAY contribution amount.
  6. Complete your beneficiary designation for your basic life coverage.
  7. To complete the enrollment process, select Finalize and print a copy of the confirmation page for your records.
  8. Return to the myBenefits portal landing page and click on View/Upload Required Documents. Upload any required documentation.
  9. Submit Evidence of Insurability to The Standard if needed. This is only required for certain life insurance elections.

What if I don't want to enroll in U of I Health coverage?

  • You must still complete the benefit enrollment process and select waived coverage. Proof of other coverage is required and must be uploaded within 30 days. If your current coverage is through an existing U of I employee, please email Benefit Services for assistance with your proof of other coverage.

Who can I enroll on my coverage?

What documentation will I need to provide?

What if I don't make benefit elections before the deadline?

  • If you don't enroll in benefits and submit all required documentation within 30 days, you will be automatically placed in default coverage and will be unable to make changes until the next Annual Enrollment (unless you experience a qualified life event). Default coverage includes:
  Full-time Half-time and 3/4-time
Medical High Deductible Health Plan - employee only Waived
Dental Standard Dental - employee only Waived
Vision VSP - employee only Waived
Life Insurance 1x salary (base from employer) not to exceed $500,000 1x salary (base from employer) not to exceed $500,000
Short-term Disability 50% coverage (base from employer) 50% coverage (base from employer)
Long-term Disability 50% coverage (base from employer) 50% coverage (base from employer)

When does my coverage start?

  • Your coverage is effective on the first day of the month after you start working. If you begin on the first day of the month, your coverage begins that day.

Will I receive insurance cards?

  • You will receive insurance cards from Blue Cross of Idaho, Delta Dental and CVS Caremark (prescription drug coverage) approximately two weeks after enrolling in benefits. VSP (vision coverage) and Willamette Dental do not send insurance cards.

How do I access care if my insurance does not provide cards or if my cards haven't arrived yet?

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

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Drive MS 4332
Moscow, ID 83844-4332

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Academic Year Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: 208-885-3697

Fax: 208-885-3330