In the coming weeks, Duke faculty and staff will have the opportunity to review their personal and family needs and enroll or make changes in their medical, dental, vision and reimbursement account benefits for 2021.
The enrollment period this year will begin at 12 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, and end at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30. This annual period is the only time faculty and staff can enroll or make changes to these benefits outside of a qualifying life event such as marriage or the birth of a child.
This year, the importance of having quality health insurance has been highlighted by the devastating pandemic that has gripped the country and the world.
"At Duke, we are fortunate to have exceptional and affordable coverage, as well as access to world-class experts and care through Duke Health," said Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for Duke administration.
Duke will introduce new features to health plans to provide additional support to employees and covered family members during this challenging time. For instance, telehealth and virtual visits with health care providers are now covered to limit the potential for viral transmission through on-site visits.
While the cost of coverage continues to climb nationally, Duke’s monthly premiums for health insurance will only increase between $1 and $8 per month for individual coverage, depending on the plan. In addition, there will be no increases next year in premiums or out-of-pocket costs for dental or vision insurance.