New Employee Benefits Information

Welcome to the University of Michigan!

If you did not attend New Employee Orientation or need a refresher, watch the New Employee Benefits Orientation Presentation for an overview of your benefits

Enrollment Information

If you are a new hire or are newly eligible for benefits, your specific benefits options will be shown on Employee Self-Service > Benefits on Wolverine Access after your appointment is processed by your department and entered online. If your appointment is online after 5:00 p.m. on October 16, 2015, your elections will continue through December 31, 2016, except for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). You will need to enroll in an FSA for 2016 if you wish to participate.

You will receive an email notifying you when you may make your benefits elections. For all plans except the Flexible Spending Accounts, you will enroll online.  Generally, you have 30 days from your service date or the date you become newly eligible to make your elections. View Your Benefits 2015 for benefits plan information. View the enrollment information packet for your job group below. The packets include the Flexible Spending Account forms.

How to Enroll

Enroll online before your deadline using Employee Self-Service > Benefits > Benefits Enrollment on Wolverine Access. For detailed enrollment instructions, view Benefits Enrollment and Eligibility.

Make your benefits elections carefully. Once you submit your elections, even within your 30-day enrollment window, your choices will be recorded and processed as your benefits elections. Your elections are final when you receive your online confirmation statement, and you may not make any changes to your elections - even within the 30-day enrollment period - until the next Open Enrollment period if eligible, usually in October with changes effective January 1; or your next period of eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, if applicable. Certain qualified status changes may allow you to make changes to your benefits. 

Enrollment Information by Job Group

Failure to Enroll and Default Elections

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff have 30 days to submit benefit elections (or as specified by your collective bargaining agreement).  Failure to submit elections within the 30-day deadline will result in no health plan or prescription drug coverage.

Graduate Students

Graduate Students are automatically enrolled in GradCare and Dental Plan Option 1 for you only. You have 30 days to waive coverage, add any eligible dependents, or choose a different Dental Plan option for which you are eligible.

Research Fellows

Research Fellows have 30 days to submit benefit elections.  If benefit elections are not received within 30 days, Research Fellows will be enrolled in Comprehensive Major Medical and Dental Plan Option 1 for you only.

Rates and Paying for Coverage

Your individualized benefits plan rates can be viewed in Wolverine Access under Employee Self-Service > Benefits > Display Benefits Plan Rates.  Additional information is available on the individual plan pages.