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. The Wolverine Access website is a secure gateway to U-M’s administration systems for personal and university information, and is used by members of the university community to view paychecks, update home addresses and phone numbers, enter emergency contact information, view and update benefits, and other tasks.
You will receive an email notifying you when to attend benefits orientation and 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. If you are a member of a collecive bargaining group, your deadline may differ. Refer to the deadlines and defaults chart to verify your enrollment deadline.
View the enrollment information packet for your job group below. The packets include the Flexible Spending Account forms.
New Employees October 12 - December 31, 2018
Important: Open Enrollment for 2019 benefits is October 22 to 5:00 p.m on November 2, 2018. New employees who have a job on record with the university prior to 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2018 will be eligible to participate in Open Enrollment. Faculty and staff with jobs on record after 5:00 p.m. on October 12 will not participate in Open Enrollment, rather the benefits elections they make as new employees will remain in effect for the remainder of 2018 and through December 31, 2019, as long as they remain eligible. Separate enrollments are required to participate in a Flexible Spending Account for 2018 and 2019.
U-M Benefits Orientation
Download and view the U-M Benefits Orientation presentation for an overview of benefits plans that are available to eligible faculty and staff. This is the same presentation that is shown during new employee orientation.
How to Enroll
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
Note: Please be aware that as long as you remain eligible, your benefits choices will continue through December 31, 2018, (or December 31, 2019 if your appointment is online after 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2018) unless you experience a qualified status change. Your next opportunity to make benefits choices will be the annual Open Enrollment period, usually in October with your elections effective the following January 1.
- Faculty and Staff Benefits Enrollment Guide
- House Officers, GSAs, and Professional Specialists Benefits Enrollment Guide
- Fellowship Holders and Medical School Students Benefits Enrollment Guide
- Research Fellows Benefits Enrollment Guide
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 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 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.