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HR Question of the Week

HR Question of the week

Do I need to complete Open Enrollment if I am not making any changes to my coverage?

If you do not complete Open Enrollment, the majority of your 2013 elections will roll over to 2014, with the exception of the Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts). You must make a new election annually for these accounts. In addition, if you elect the opt-out option, you will need to complete the 2014 Opt-Out Affidavit in order to receive the opt-out incentive.

All Open Enrollment changes must be made through FlashLine and can be accessed by taking the following steps:

  1. Log in to FlashLine using your existing username and password.
  2. Click on the My HR tab.
  3. On the left side of the screen, look for the Employment Details box and click on the Open Enrollment - through Oct. 25 link.

Although there are no major plan changes to the medical, prescription, vision or dental plans for 2014, we encourage faculty and staff to review all of the benefit plan options and costs in FlashLine before finalizing any enrollment decisions. You may enroll or subsequently change your enrollment at any time during the open enrollment period, Oct. 13-25.

For all your open enrollment news, including the Open Enrollment Booklet and Navigation Guide, visit the Open Enrollment website at

Several computer labs are also scheduled throughout the Open Enrollment period for employees. For a full listing of available labs, please see page eight of the Open Enrollment Booklet.

If you need help with your login ID or password, visit or call the Helpdesk at 330-672-HELP (4357). For HR assistance, contact the Kent State Benefits office at 330-672-MyHR (6947) or email

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