2016 Option Transfer/Open Enrollment

Option Transfer Period for Contract Colleges

Option Transfer Period/Open Enrollment closes at 5:00 p.m. (EST) on December 18, 2015. The PS404 form and the FSA paper enrollment form must be delivered to Benefit Services and postmarked on or before December 18, 2015.

*Please note that you need to complete your elections in Workday AND fill out a PS404 form for changes to your health care.*

The Option Transfer Period is the time of the year when New York State announces the health insurance plan changes and rates for the upcoming year. You will be receiving information directly from the New York State Department of Civil Service.

As a reminder, during an Option Transfer:

  • You must fill out a PS404 Form and change your health benefits in Workday
    • You can change from the Empire Plan to an HMO or change from one HMO to another
    • You can change from family coverage to individual coverage
    • You can voluntarily cancel your health insurance coverage
    • You can enroll in a flexible spending account or change Tax Deferred Annuity contributions in Workday

Flexible Spending Accounts: If you would like to participate, you must enroll in a flexible spending account each year by using Workday. Please visit the flexible spending account page for information about how FSAs work.

Legal plan Insurance: You may enroll in the Legal Plan Insurance until December 31, 2015 for coverage effective January 1, 2016. Some of the services provided under this plan include the help of attorneys who will guide you with estate planning, eldercare issues, preparation of a will or power of attorney. More information on this plan is provided by ARAG.

Retirement - Tax Deferred Annuity: You may also change your TDA contributions. Contribution limits for 2016 can be found on the TDA web page. Your current TDA election will carry over automatically to 2016 unless you make a change. If you want to make a change to your TDA for the remainder of 2015 that will not carry over into 2016, make the change directly in the Benefits area of Workday. If you want to make a change to your TDA for 2016, and you're making the change during the Option Transfer enrollment period (through Dec. 18, 2015), you must use the "Open Enrollment Event" process located in your Workday inbox.

If you have any questions about the Option Transfer Period, please call or email Benefit Services at (607) 255-3936 or benefits@cornell.edu.