Syracuse University offers a comprehensive benefits program that provides flexibility and choice to meet the unique needs of our employees. Unless you experience a qualifying life event in 2022, Open Enrollment is your one opportunity to review your current benefits, explore your options and decide which benefits you wish to select for the coming year. If you would like to make changes to your benefits for 2022, be sure to complete your enrollment online via MySlice between Nov. 1-12.
Each year, Syracuse University reviews its benefits program and makes revisions based on a thorough evaluation, which includes comparisons to the programs of other higher education institutions. Planned revisions to this year’s benefits enable the University to offer highly competitive benefits, continue important and strategic hiring and support the University’s priorities including offering competitive salaries.
Enclosed is an overview of 2022 benefits, including planned changes for the upcoming year. Please review this update closely to assist you in planning accordingly.
- Affordable employee contributions. There will be no increase in the contributions for most benefit coverage in 2022. This includes no increase for dental and long term disability insurance, as well as decreases to life insurance and vision rates. Despite costs projected to increase next year, the University will not increase the health care contributions for employee-only coverage or for those who qualify for lower health plan contributions under Schedule B. In an ongoing effort to maintain the affordability of the University’s health plan in the face of increasing health costs, the contributions for spousal, domestic partner and dependent health coverage under Schedule A will increase incrementally over the next three years. The increase for 2022 will range from roughly $28-$58 per month (depending on your plan).
- Dental and vision carries over from 2021. It is the second year of a two-year commitment for the University’s dental and vision plans. Although current elections will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2022, vision plan rates will decrease and VSP retail options expanded to include allowances at Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco.
- Deductibles, copays and coinsurance remain flat. There will be no increase in deductibles, copayments and coinsurance.
- Action required for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) enrollment. FSA contributions will not continue into 2022 unless you take action during Open Enrollment. Carryover of unused funds from 2021 for both health and dependent care FSAs is not limited, but will revert back in 2022 to $570 for health care FSAs and no carryover for dependent care FSAs to 2023.
- Help with health care contributions and child care costs. The University provides subsidies to assist employees with dependent care expenses through the Dependent Care Subsidy Program and reduced health care contributions through Schedule B. Each program requires a separate application, which will be accepted through Dec. 3, 2021.
Take action now! Review the information within this website for everything you need to know about 2022 benefits. When you’re ready to enroll, log in to MySlice, make your elections and click FINISH to submit.
There are several ways to connect with resources that will enable you to make the best decisions for you and your loved ones. Please contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042 with any questions or requests for accommodations.
- HR Shared Services is available 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 315.443.4042 to answer your personal questions. Appointments are available upon request.
- Attend a live virtual information session to learn about your 2022 benefits.
- Call our dedicated Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) customer service center at 800.493.0318 (TTY: 800.662.1220) if you need additional assistance regarding your personal medical plan questions. Excellus BCBS has expanded hours of operation Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. For prescription drug questions, contact OptumRx member services at 866.854.2945 (TTY: 711). They are available to assist you 24/7.
- TIAA offers personalized financial planning services to help you reach your retirement goals. To schedule a meeting with one of the University’s dedicated financial consultants, or for assistance with your account, contact TIAA at 855.842.CUSE (2873) (TTY: 800.842.2755) or sign up online.
The University offers benefits-eligible employees three health plan options: SUBlue, SUOrange and SUPro. Please visit the health plan information webpage for additional information on member cost sharing and plan design. All three options include medical coverage administered by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) and prescription drug coverage through OptumRx.
Despite costs projected to increase next year, the University will not increase the health care contributions for employee-only coverage and for those who qualify for lower health plan contributions under Schedule B. Additionally, there will be no increases in deductibles, copays or coinsurance for SUBlue, SUOrange or SUPro.
In an ongoing effort to maintain the affordability of the University’s health plan in the face of increasing health costs, the contributions for spousal, domestic partner and dependent health coverage under Schedule A will increase incrementally over the next three years. The increase for 2022 will range from roughly $28-$58 per month (depending on your plan).
As a reminder, OptumRx regularly evaluates and makes changes to the prescription drug formulary and programs that focus on safety and proper usage of certain prescriptions. If there are changes that may impact you, OptumRx will notify you with additional information.
2022 Monthly Health Plan Contributions
The following rates apply to full-time, benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Contributions are based on the 12-month calendar year. The actual deduction from your paycheck depends on your deduction cycle.
|Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner||$360.79||$350.43||$331.09|
|Employee + Child(ren)||$314.38||$305.34||$288.32|
|Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner + Child(ren)||$520.51||$505.60||$478.23|
|Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner||$284.99||$276.70||$259.91|
|Employee + Child(ren)||$250.02||$242.74||$228.01|
|Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner + Child(ren)||$405.47||$393.67||$369.78|
Qualifying for Reduced Employee Contributions Under the Health Plan
Depending on your household income and size, you may be eligible for lower health plan contributions under Schedule B. If you think you may qualify, complete the application by Dec. 3. You will be notified after this date if your application is approved.
You must apply each year to receive a reduced contribution. For more information and a copy of the application, visit the Schedule B webpage.
|Household Size||Household Income|
|1||Less than $39,000|
|2||Less than $52,000|
|3||Less than $66,000|
|4 and up||Less than $80,000|
This is the second year of a two-year commitment for the University’s dental and vision plans. Unless you have a qualifying life event, the only change you can make for 2022 is to add or remove a dependent from your dental and vision coverage, if needed. Although current elections will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2022, vision plan rates will decrease and VSP retail options expanded to include allowances at Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco. Review our online resources to ensure you’re using your dental and vision benefits to the fullest.
2022 Monthly Dental and Vision Plan Contributions
|Preventive Dental||Preventive Dental and Vision||Comp. Dental||Comp. Dental and Vision|
|Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner||$21.38||$30.83||$70.51||$79.96|
|Employee + Child(ren)||$24.25||$34.51||$69.64||$79.90|
|Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner + Child(ren)||$40.50||$56.89||$109.04||$125.43|
If you expect to have health care or dependent care expenses next year, setting aside money in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a great way to save on taxes—whether you enroll in the University’s health plans or have other coverage.
Which type of FSA do you need?
|Health Care FSA||Dependent Care FSA|
|What can you use it for?||-Copays, coinsurance and deductibles from your health plans
-Dental and vision expenses
-Prescriptions and eligible health care products
|Day care expenses for a child under age 13, or an adult dependent|
|How much can you contribute?||$2,850 per employee||$5,000 per household|
|What if you don't claim the full amount?||Carryover up to $570 to the next year (lose any amount over $570 not claimed by April 30 of the following year)||Lose any amount not claimed by April 30 of the following year|
As a reminder, carryover of unused funds from 2021 to 2022 is not limited.
Health Care and Dependent Care FSAs have different rules. Be sure you read and understand which expenses are eligible, when you can access the funds and how to file claims by the deadline. Details, online calculators and tips can be found on the HealthEquity/WageWorks website or on the FSA webpage.
In support of the changing needs of families, the University provides the following resources:
- Care@Work by Care.com: Eligible faculty and staff have access to a free premium membership for Care.com where they can get help finding child care providers, tutors, elder caregivers, pet sitters, house cleaners and more through the world’s largest network of caregivers.
- Through the Dependent Care Subsidy Program, the University provides assistance to households with an annual income of less than $150,000. If approved, the subsidy amount listed below is per dependent, with an annual maximum benefit of $3,000.
- You may qualify for an annual tax-free dependent care subsidy of $1,500 for children under age 6, $750 for children ages 6 through 12 or $750 for adult or disabled dependents, when provided by qualified caregivers.
- If approved, the subsidy will be deposited by the University into a Dependent Care FSA on your behalf for use in 2022.
- If you think you may qualify for the 2022 benefit, complete the application by Dec. 3. You will be notified after this date if you are approved. For more information and a copy of the application, visit the Dependent Care Subsidy Program webpage.
- Additional resources can be found on Human Resources’ WorkLife Benefits and Resources webpage, including Carebridge, the University’s faculty and staff assistance program, which connects faculty and staff with information, resources and referrals for caregiving.
The University provides faculty and staff with a variety of financial wellness resources to help navigate the financial demands of many of life's most significant events. Resources include financial counseling through TIAA and Carebridge, educational opportunities such as the Build Your Financial Know-How workshop series and much more.
And, don't forget, although you can change your retirement plan contributions at any time, Open Enrollment is a perfect time to evaluate what you’re setting aside for retirement and ensure you’re on track to meet your future goals. You can log in and review your retirement account balance online with TIAA and increase your contributions through MySlice.
- Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D): The University provides you with life insurance and AD&D through MetLife, with options to purchase supplemental coverage for yourself and your family members at favorable group rates. Visit the Life Insurance page or the Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance page to learn more. A Statement of Health must be approved by MetLife before certain coverage is effective. Enroll or increase your supplemental life coverage to protect your family and gain a valuable additional benefit—free will preparation.
- Voluntary Long Term Disability Insurance: Offered through The Standard Life Insurance Company, this benefit provides supplemental income if you’re unable to work due to illness or injury. Review information about the policy and how this benefit integrates with the University’s disability programs.
- Your Retirement Plan Contributions. Although you can change your retirement plan contributions at any time, Open Enrollment is a perfect time to evaluate what you’re setting aside for retirement and ensure you’re on track to meet your future goals. You can log in and review your retirement account balance online with TIAA and increase your contributions through MySlice.
- Additional Benefits: Find out about Adoption Assistance, Identity Protection Services and Auto and Home Insurance on the additional benefits webpage.
Life circumstances can change from year to year, and Open Enrollment is a time to review who is covered under your benefits and add or remove dependents, if necessary. A few reminders:
- If you add a dependent to any benefit plan, you must provide proof of eligibility (i.e., marriage license, domestic partner documentation, birth or adoption certificate, legal custody paperwork, etc.). Eligible dependent criteria can be reviewed at the Benefits Eligibility Policy webpage.
- Beneficiary designations can be updated through MySlice for your life insurance policy or TIAA for your retirement account.
- While you’re in MySlice on the Employee Home page, review your personal information, such as your address, military status, tax withholding information, direct deposit and emergency contacts, and make any changes.
Once you are ready to enroll, follow these simple steps to make your selections for 2022.
- Log in to MySlice. From Nov. 1-12, click on the Open Enrollment tile located on the Employee Home page within MySlice to begin the enrollment process. If you do not know your NetID or password, visit Self-Serv or call 315.443.2677.
- Select Your 2022 Benefits. Be sure to maximize your benefits! Don’t forget you can add/change/drop your plan options and dependents, elect an FSA, update your beneficiaries and more.
- Click Finish. Be sure to update your selections by clicking FINISH to replace your prior choices. You can update your benefits as often as you like before the deadline of Nov. 12.
- Review Your Confirmation Statement. Review the email sent to your syr.edu email account. This will confirm your 2022 plan choices and pre/post tax costs.
Every effort has been made to ensure the information within this website is accurate. However, benefits are governed by legal documents (which, in certain circumstances, may include insurance contracts). If there is any difference between the information within this website and the official documents, the official documents will control. As is the case with all of Syracuse University’s benefit plans, the University reserves the right to modify or terminate these benefits at any time.