Benefit News 

Open Enrollment for 2019 benefits has ended
Thank you for all who logged in to GMS to make their 2019 benefit choices. Soon all benefits-eligible faculty and staff will receive an email and home mailing with instructions on how to double (triple!) check your 2019 benefit elections and submit any needed corrections. The correction period will be held November 29 - December 10.

Questions about CVS Caremark
We've had a lot of questions from CareFirst and UHC medical plan participants. The most popular one is: Can I only use CVS stores to fill my prescriptions starting in January? The answer is NO! You have access to over 68,000 network pharmacies including those at most grocery stores and major retail chains like Target and Walmart. You can check and click on the pharmacy locator in the upper right hand corner of the page to see which pharmacies are in-network near you! You can view the PowerPoint that was highlighted in our November 6th Zoom Q&A here.

New Kaiser HDHP Signature with Health Savings Account
You can learn more about this new medical plan offering at Also, if you missed the session introducting the plan, you can view the Zoom recording here, or you can view the PowerPoint slides here.

Have questions about your benefits or retirement at GU? Schedule a 1-1.
If you would like to schedule dedicated time with Benefits Service Officer, Mike Fanning, to work through your benefit questions, you can schedule a 30 minute appointment. Appointments can be held in-person, by phone or Zoom. You choose what is most convenient for you. Schedule here. 

Schedule a One-on-One Appointment with Fidelity, TIAA or Vanguard
Spring is a great time to schedule a retirement savings check up with a financial consultant from your retirement plan investment company. You can schedule an appointment to meet with a representative on campus or by phone. You can view the available appointment dates and contact information here. 

Benefit Resources

Make your Benefit elections on the go with GU Mobile!

Georgetown’s Mobile app is the University’s platform for delivering mobile services to it’s students, faculty and staff. In addition to checking when the next GUTS bus will arrive, perusing the University's events calendar and checking on menus for on-campus dining; you can now connect directly to Benefits information and GMS. Get more information and download the App today!


Hiring? Be aware of when benefits take effect!

Medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, voluntary and supplemental life insurance benefits for those hired into a benefits-eligible position take effect on the first of the month following their date of hire, or eligibility, date. The only exception to this would be if an employee is hired on the first of the month, in those cases benefits would go into effect on that date. This applies to electable benefits only (the benefits you sign up for in GMS when you first become eligible or during open enrollment). Basic life insurance, basic AD&D, short term disability, long term disability, and certain retirement benefits are effective on date of hire eligibility.


You may have noticed a request in your GMS Inbox asking you to validate and acknowledge your pay and employment. The new DC Wage Theft Prevention Act requires employers to provide you with certain information regarding your wages. Please review the information, click the box next to I Acknowledge, and click Submit.

Need help?

Contact the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits at:

(202) 687-2500

New Employees should attend a Benefits Orientation session prior to making benefits selections in GMS. Orientations are held every Tuesday at 9 am. Visit the New Employees section of our website for more information and to register.

Featured Resources 

Our Commitment to You: Choice, Access, Service

The Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits (OFSB) is a service-oriented team that provides the global Georgetown community and their families with benefits. We uphold the mission of Georgetown University by promoting a productive workforce, offering varied benefits choices, easy access to information, and excellent service in order to meet the individual needs of our community. By doing this, we believe in serving the whole person.
We will strive to: 

  • Maintain, create and enhance benefit plans that serve our community
  • Empower staff and faculty by seeking their input and honoring their needs
  • Deliver our programs with the highest level of service, fiscal responsibility and compliance using best practices
  • Educate our community about how to maximize benefits
  • Provide benefits that deliver physical, mental and financial wellness
  • Ensure delivery of quality benefits