Your Open Enrollment Questions Answered

Open enrollment season is here! We’re bringing back our most popular episode for an encore. This episode is sure to answer your burning questions about this crazy time of year.

Each month on Talking Benefits, I join Julie Stich, Kelli Kolsrud and Justin Held, International Foundation benefits nerdthusiasts, to discuss a trending employee benefits topic we think our listeners want to know more about (and if they didn’t think they wanted to know, they will now!). This month, the team chats about open enrollment.

Your Open Enrollment Questions Answered

We discuss what open enrollment is and why it’s important and provide recommendations for answering common questions from employees during this time of year, including:

  1. Why do you need my Social Security number?
  2. Why did my costs go up this year, and how can I better manage those costs?
  3. What’s the difference between an HSA and an FSA? (Bonus! See below for a cool Venn diagram if this discussion went over your head!)
  4. I forgot to turn in my enrollment form—Now what?

After covering commonly asked open enrollment questions, the team provides a few quick tips and helpful takeaways. (You’ll have to listen to find out what those are!)

As health plan sponsors finalize enrollment materials, prepare for the onslaught of questions and stock up on caffeine and [insert snack of choice—mine would be chocolate!] to handle the extra stress of open enrollment, we hope these tips and FAQs are helpful.

Bonus Venn Diagram: Keep up with the team as we discuss HSAs vs FSAs with this sketch from the podcast recording:

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Anne Patterson
Social Media and Communications Associate at the International Foundation

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Anne Patterson

Social Media and Communications Associate at the International Foundation

Favorite Foundation service/product: The innovative member survey efforts and results from the research team.

Benefits-related topics that interest her most: Health care, nontraditional wellness initiatives, employee benefit communication.

Personal Insight: It’s all about balance with Anne. She loves to run and enjoys a good culinary adventure. She’ll jump at the chance to travel or to spend fun times with family and friends, but she’ll also take time to catch her breath with an occasional Netflix binge or diving into a classic novel.

2 thoughts on “Your Open Enrollment Questions Answered

  1. Liz Trimmer

    Do you have samples of open enrollment leadership announcements?

    1. Anne Patterson

      Hi Liz! Members of the International Foundation have access to sample documents and a personalized research service that can provide open enrollment samples and resources. Examples include open enrollment communication examples, sample open enrollment notices and helpful articles on open enrollment.

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