Benefits Changes in 2019

Go to eServe to review, enroll in, or make changes to your benefits within 31 days of becoming eligible, a qualifying life event, or during Open Enrollment.

Tufts Health Plans

Tufts University has outperformed national cost increase trends of 5-7% due to our success with Quality Tiered Networks, promotion of preventive care, and other strategies. As a result, we have been able to keep cost increases to a minimum.

  • Quality Tiered Plan cost will increase 2.5%.
  • Traditional Plan will increase 4.0%.
  • Value Plan cost will not increase for two-person and family coverage. The employee rate is set to meet the Federal Safe Harbor definition for affordability.
  • Quality Tiered and Value Health Plans: No copayment for high-cost imaging services (CAT, PET, MRI).
  • Traditional Plan: $50 copayment for high-cost imaging services (CAT, PET, MRI).
  • New telehealth services for Tufts Health Plan members for general medical and behavioral health consultations. Members will be able to access U.S. board-certified doctors or therapists through phone, web or video consultations for non-emergency medical conditions. There will be a $15 copayment for telehealth consultations.

Dental Plan

  • Dental plan cost will increase 3.5%.

Vision Plan

  • Frame allowance will increase to $150.
  • New Freedom Pass discount allows members to choose any frame and pay $0 out of pocket at participating Sears Optical or Target Optical locations.
  • Additional savings booster on contact lenses of $20 on top of the standard contact lens allowance, plus free shipping.

Flexible Spending Accounts: Health Care FSA

  • There is a new $100 minimum annual enrollment contribution required to enroll in a Health Care FSA. You may carry over a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $500 of unused contributions into the next plan year. These funds must be used to pay for or reimburse eligible health care expenses.
  • There is a new $100 minimum annual enrollment contribution required to enroll in a Dependent Care FSA.

Employee Assistance Program

  • Tufts University has a new EAP provider, KGA
  • KGA services will be available to employees and their adult household members beginning October 22, 2018.
  • AllOne Health services will be phased out over the period of October through December and conclude on December 31, 2018.

Health Advocacy

  • As of January 1, 2019, we are discontinuing services with Health Advocate due to low participation.
  • Similar services are provided by Tufts Health Plan and KGA, our new Employee Assistance Program provider.

For More Information

For questions regarding your Tufts University benefits, contact Tufts Support Services at or 617-627-7000.