Now is the Time to Enroll in or Change Your Benefit Options for 2018!

Tufts Open Enrollment runs from November 1 through November 15!

Open Enrollment is your opportunity to select your benefits for the coming year. To help you choose the benefits that best meet the needs of you and your family, Tufts has tools and resources in the new Open Enrollment 2018 section in AccessTufts.

Take some time to explore and understand the options, and make informed choices. Learn more, discover what's new, and what you need to do to enroll in benefits for 2018.

What's New

It is important to be informed about your benefits, so we encourage you to check out what's changed for 2018.

Enhanced Online Security - In an effort to enhance online security and peace of mind for your paycheck, social security number and other personal information, Tufts has protected the online benefit election system - eServe - using Two-factor authentication (2FA) with DuoSecurity.

Health Plans - there are 3 main changes to health plans including:

  • Health plan costs will increase in aggregate by 7.4% to be shared by both the university and health plan members.
  • The 2018 Fitness and Weight Watchers maximum reimbursements will each be $150 per eligible member (up to $300 maximum benefit per family).
  • For the Quality Tiered and Traditional Health Plan, there will be a $150 copayment for high-cost imaging services. The copayment will be waived if services are provided at a freestanding imaging center (non-hospital based).

Accidental Death and Dismemberment (Prudential) - The cost for Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage will decrease 18% in 2018. 

Long-Term Disability Insurance (Prudential) - The cost for long-term disability coverage will decrease in 2018 by up to 14.9%.

Flexible Spending Accounts: Health Care FSA - Effective January 1, 2018, the carryover rule for Health Care FSAs will change requiring you to have a balance at least $50 to be eligible for the carryover. The $500 maximum carryover of unused funds into the next calendar year will remain the same. 

Prepaid Legal Services (MetLaw) - This benefit has been enhanced - at no additional cost to members - to include legal services related to identity theft, guardianship, contested conservatorship; as well as real estate matters for second homes, including home equity, refinance, and sale.

Commuter Benefits - Starting in 2018, the university will increase the public-transportation subsidy to 35%, up to a maximum of $40 per eligible employee per month for employees working on the Medford, Grafton, Boston, and Fenway campuses.

Additional information can be found in Benefits Changes in 2018.

How to Enroll

Enrollment begins November 1 and continues through November 15. All 2018 benefits elections will go into effect January 1, 2018.

To participate in Open Enrollment, please make sure you have: 

  • Reviewed Your Benefit Options for 2018 (link to details by role below)
  • Enrolled in Two-factor Authentication (2FA) - required when accessing eServe to make benefit elections
  • Made your 2018 Benefit Elections in eServe between Nov 1 - 15 by following the instructions on the Open Enrollment site.
  • Enrolled/re-enrolled in Flexible Spending Accounts for Health Care or Dependent Care if you wish to participate in 2018 (enrollment is required each year).

Benefit Options - Enrollment is based on your role at Tufts. Please see details of benefits that apply to you based on the following roles:

Support Along the Way

There are so many options and selecting benefits can be overwhelming at times. Tufts Support Services (TSS) is available to assist.

You can download the printer-friendly Open Enrollment Guide.

And if you have questions about your benefits or need support during open enrollment, please contact TSS at or 617.627.7000.