Enrolling & Making Changes

Selecting the right benefit plans can be a challenge.

Which medical plan is best for me? How much should I save in my flexible spending accounts? Does a health savings account make sense for me? These decisions are important, and a lot goes into making these choices for you and your family. The decision making tools alex® will prompt you for some basic information about you and your family. Your responses will remain completely confidential and will be used only to help you with your decision making process. alex® does not create, receive, maintain, transmit, collect, or store any identifiable end-user

How to Enroll in Your Benefits

Each newly benefit-eligible employee is offered a personalized enrollment session with a benefits specialist. The benefits specialist will answer your questions and help you complete the necessary enrollment process.

1. Review the information in this guide and visit our Individual Choice Employee Benefits website

2. Schedule an appointment with a benefits specialist by calling 607.274.8000 or by email at benefits@ithaca.edu.

3. Attend your enrollment session bringing the following information with you:

  • Dependent Information – name, birth date, and social security number for your spouse and/ or dependents you wish to cover under your benefits.
  • Proof of spouse and dependent eligibility- the first page of your most recent federal tax return. If any dependent you wish to cover, is not listed on your tax return, please see the Dependent/Contact Designation Form.
  • Verification of full-time student status for dependent children age 19 and above (class schedule for current semester or tuition bill).
  • Beneficiary Information – names, addresses, birth dates, and social security numbers of any-one you wish to designate as a beneficiary.
  • Proof of coverage under another medical plan, if you plan to opt-out of Ithaca College's medical coverage.

Making Changes

Once you have made your initial enrollment elections, you generally cannot make any changes until the next annual re-enrollment period. However, you may make certain changes if you have a qualified life status change that affects your benefits.

Typical qualified life status changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Marriage, divorce or legal separation;
  • Birth, adoption, or placement for adoption of an eligible child;
  • Death of your spouse or covered child;
  • Enrollment in (or loss of) state or federal medical coverage, including Medicare or Medicaid;
  • Change in your spouse’s or child’s employment resulting in gain or loss of eligibility for employer’s benefits;
  • A change in your child’s eligibility for benefits.

If you have a qualified life status change, you must notify the Office of Human Resources and submit documentation within 30 days of the event. Payroll deductions will continue until changes to your enrollments are made. Please Note: Newborns are NOT automatically added to your coverages.