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Fall for Health – Take Your First Step TODAY with Open Enrollment 2020

Posted: October 23, 2019
Jumbo + Me

Every Fall, Tufts University provides the opportunity for employees to revisit their benefit choices. This year, Open Enrollment will run from November 4 to November 18, 2019.

This year there are a number of new resources to help YOU make the best choices to support your overall well-being – physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

Jumbo + ME 2020 Benefits

Tufts is combining the dynamic spirit of Jumbo to our benefits programs representing the shared commitment Tufts has for your well-being, your career, and your future. Take a minute to:

  • LEARN about your options
  • Take CARE of your health
  • Become a SMART consumer of healthcare
  • Make CHOICES that benefit you and your family

What’s Changed for 2020

Although healthcare costs continue to rise nationwide – on average 6.5% - Tufts continues to work to keep these challenging healthcare costs low.

  • The university will continue to offer the current three (3) health plan options (with no changes in coverage).
  • Your cost for healthcare coverage will increase by 3% in 2020 (well below the nationwide average of 6.5%).
  • Our dental, vision, life insurance, and disability plans will see NO cost increase.

NEW Benefits for 2020 include:

  • A fourth Tufts Health Plan option – The Saver Plan – which is a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) paired with a Health Savings Account (HSA).
  • Meet ALEX – a new (optional) virtual interactive benefits tool that helps you learn about your benefits, so you can make the best choices for you and your family. Access ALEX from your smartphone, tablet, or computer starting on October 23, 2019.

Resources at Your Fingertips

In addition to ALEX, there are a number of resources/tools at your fingertips to better understand all the options available.

The Benefits pages in AccessTufts have been revamped to make it easy to navigate and find the key information you need to make the best choices for you.

Benefit Fairs

The university is offering Benefits Fairs on the Medford/Somerville, Grafton, and Boston campuses to provide an opportunity for you to meet with and talk to our benefit partners.

  • Medford/Somerville Benefits Fair | Tuesday, October 29 | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Sunny M. Breed Memorial Hall |51 Winthrop Street | Medford, MA                         
  • Saver Health Plan /Health Savings Account information (drop-in) | Interfaith Center |58 Winthrop Street | Medford, MA
  • Grafton Benefits Fair | Wednesday, October 30 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Jean Mayer Administration Building – Kohnstamm Conf Room (Room 106) | 201 Westboro Road | Grafton, MA                                                               
  • Saver Health Plan /Health Savings Account information (drop-in) | Dean’s Conf Room (Room 101) | 201 Westboro Road | Grafton, MA
  • Boston Benefits Fair | Thursday, October 31 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Tufts University Dental School Building – 15th Floor Hallway and Alumni Lounge (Room 1514) | One Kneeland Street | Boston, MA                                                                                  
  • Saver Health Plan / Health Savings Account information (drop-in) | Dental Board Room (Room 1533) | One Kneeland Street | Boston, MA

Get Ready to Enroll!

  • Step 1 – Attend a Benefits Fair, read the comprehensive guide, and ask questions.
  • Step 2 – Review the Open Enrollment page and make use of ALEX, if you wish, to review your benefit options.
  • Step 3 – Enroll via eServe in your 2020 benefit selections between November 4 and November 18.

It’s your story and these are your benefits; use the resources available to you at Tufts University to help you make the right decisions for you and your family! If you have questions about Open Enrollment please contact Tufts Support Services at or 617-627-7000.