Open Enrollment for 2017 Benefits

October 14 - November 15, 2016

Open Enrollment is the time when you can enroll in, or make changes to, your medical, dental, vision, supplemental life, FSA, HSA and select voluntary benefits for 2017. Take some time to review your Open Enrollment Kit (arriving at your home address around October 14 or available online), peruse the website, schedule a one-on-one consultation, or attend a GUWellness Fair where representatives from all the benefit plans will be available to answer your questions.

Benefit elections for 2017 can be made in GMS ( from October 15 through 10 p.m. on November 15, 2016.


  • If you wish to participate in a Flexible Spending Account (Health Care or Dependent Daycare), you must enroll every year. You may elect up to $2,550 for Health Care FSA and $5,000 (per household) for Dependent Daycare FSA.
  • If you don't plan to participate in an FSA and don't need to make any changes to your benefits for 2017, you need not take any action. Your premiums will automatically adjust.
  • If you elected or made changes to your Supplemental or Spouse Life Insurance during this Open Enrollment, you must complete a Statement of Health Form and return it directly to MetLife.
  • Make sure that you finalize and submit your changes! In order to complete your election process, it is important that you click through all of the screens in the Open Enrollment Change Event. The final confirmation screen will have an I Agree box that you will need to check before clicking the Submit button to finalize your election. If you miss either of these steps, your election changes will not be submitted. Remember, if you have begun your Open Enrollment Change Event you can revisit your elections at any time by logging in to GMS,hitting the Benefits icon and clicking the button that says Change Open Enrollment. Any time you make changes, you must continue through to the confirmation page and click on the I Agree and Submit buttons for your changes to take effect.


    Changing Your Elections

    You can make changes to your Open Enrollment elections any time until November 16, even after you've submitted them. Just log in to and click on the Benefits icon, then click the Change Open Enrollment button to open your elections again. The last submitted election will take effect on January 1, 2016.


    One-on-One Open Enrollment Sessions (15 minute slots available)
    Need help making your elections in GMS? Have questions about medical plan options or other benefits? These individual sessions are available most Tuesdays (1-3pm), Wednesdays (1-3pm) & Thursdays (10am-12pm). You may also contact our office at 202-687-2500 with your benefits questions, or stop by M-31 Darnall Hall for assistance making your elections in GMS. 
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    GUWellness (and Benefits!) Fairs
    Come get your free health screenings, flu shot and seated massage. As always, the big fair at Yates Field House will feature plenty of resources for being healthier at work, home and play. Drop by the Open Enrollment Lab to get help with from the OFSB for making your GMS elections or any other enrollment questions you have. Benefit plan representatives from all our insurance and retirement plans will also be available to answer your 2016 benefit questions.

    10/20 (Healey Family Student Center, 10:45pm - 12:15am)
    10/28 (2115 Wisconsin Ave, NW, 1st Floor, 11:30am - 1:30pm)
    11/1 (Law Center, 12th Floor Gewirz, 11:30am - 1:30pm)

    1/4 (Yates Field House, 11:00am - 2pm)
    11/10 (Rockville, 11:30am -1:30pm) 

    Benefits Brown Bag with Charles DeSantis, Chief Benefits Officer

    In this informal session, Georgetown's CBO will discuss what's new in benefits for the coming year. Bring your questions – and your lunch or a snack – to this interactive gathering! 
    Friday, October 21, 2115 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Suite 601 - Register
    Wednesday, October 26, Law Center, Room TBD - Register
    Wednesday, November 2, Darnall Hall, 2nd Floor, M-31 - Register
    Wednesday, November 9, Zoom Virtual Meeting - Register

    Are you a Savvy Health Care Consumer?

    Navigating your High Deductible Health Plan and HSA
    Live Webinars - October 24, 12:30 -1:30 pm - Register and
    Wednesday, November 2, 10:30 - 11:30am - Register

    Interested in becoming a more savvy health care consumer or enrolling in the CareFirst Consumer-Directed Health Plan? Or, are you already enrolled in the CDHP and still confused about how it should work? This session, led by health care industry expert Clint Brooks, will focus on practical advice, tips and best practices for making the most of your medical plan and Health Savings Account. 

    Missed the session or can't make it? No problem. You can view/download the recording of last year's webinar or the Powerpoint slides.