What to do during OPEN enrollment

UC offers a range of health plan options to eligible UC employees and retirees under age 65 (and who are not enrolled in Medicare) and their eligible family members. Visit UCnet for more information about the UC medical plan options and details about who is eligible for coverage.

know your options

UC offers a range of health plan options to eligible UC employees and retirees under age 65 (or who are not enrolled in Medicare) and their eligible family members. The UC PPO plans provide in-network access to expertise across six world-class academic medical centers. Choosing a UC PPO plan means in-network access to the highest-quality care at any UC health center.

UC Care

A medical plan that is designed especially for UC employees and retirees not enrolled in Medicare and that offers low out-of-pocket costs when you get care from UC physicians and medical centers and some other select providers. UC Care gives you three networks to choose from when you need care: UC Select, Anthem Preferred and out-of-network. Your costs are lowest when you get care from UC Select providers — generally, doctors who are at or affiliated with a UC medical center. You have the option to see any provider within the extensive Anthem Preferred network. And, you can choose an out-of-network provider, but your out-of-pocket costs will be higher. Prescription drug coverage is also included.

For details, see the benefit summaries.

Check the network. Current members: Log in to anthem.com/ca and select “Find Care” under the Care menu option. Prospective members: View network providers.

UC Health Savings Plan

Part health plan, part savings account, the UC Health Savings Plan can add up to real value for you. The plan includes a yearly contribution from UC of either $500 or $1,000 into a Health Savings Account (HSA) for you to use for health care expenses. Prescription drug coverage is also included.

For details, see the benefit summaries.

CORE

A high-deductible medical plan with premiums paid by UC. For details, see the benefit summaries. Prescription drug coverage is also included.

Compare Your Costs

What you pay for coverage depends on the plan you choose, your salary band and the family members you cover.

Check the Network

From primary care to treatment for the rarest conditions, the UC Health clinical teams use their collective experience, knowledge and cutting-edge research to provide the most effective care. The UC PPO plans provide in-network access to expertise across the six world-class UC Health academic medical centers. Choosing a UC PPO plan means in-network access to the highest-quality care at any UC Health center, rated among the best in the state and the nation.

The UC PPO plans include in-network coverage at all UC Health centers plus expanded coverage around the country and the globe through the Anthem national network.

View the Anthem network

Current members: Log in to anthem.com/ca and select “Find Care” under the “Care” menu option.

Prospective members:

more to explore

UC also offers HMO options, including the UC Blue & Gold HMO, featuring in-network coverage for UC Health providers and hospitals. If you or a family member will become Medicare-eligible in 2022, take a look at the UC Medicare Supplement PPO options available to you.

Check the Boxes

During Open Enrollment

October 28 – November 19, 2021

  • Consider all your medical plan options. Learn more about all the plans on UCnet to help you decide which is right for you and your family.
  • Sign up for savings with the Health Flexible Spending Account (UC Care and CORE members).
  • Start or change your Health Savings Account contribution (UC Health Savings Plan members).
  • If you’re switching to an Anthem PPO plan, check the Anthem provider network or call Anthem Health Guide at (844) 437-0486, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT.

After Open Enrollment

  • Watch for new ID cards in the mail. You and each covered family member will receive a new ID card from Anthem that you should use for both medical and pharmacy services. Continue using your current ID card through December 31, 2021.

On or After January 1, 2022

  • If you’re a new Anthem member, register with Anthem for the most current benefit updates, personalized claims data (including your deductible met to date), electronic ID cards, online chat with customer service, virtual care when you need it, and quick access to free health and wellness tools. (Tip: Have your member ID card handy.)
  • Register on the Navitus secure member portal to access your pharmacy information. You’ll also need to set up your account with Costco to use the mail order pharmacy. Navitus will mail you information about how to access these tools.
  • Bookmark the UC PPO plans website for quick answers to plan questions: ucppoplans.com.
  • Download the Sydney Health mobile app to have access to your medical plan information, get estimates for services and procedures, and access wellness tools right on your mobile device. Sydney Health can be found on both Google Play and the App Store.
  • Show your new ID card at your doctor’s office and pharmacy. Discard your 2021 plan ID card.
  • Download the Navitus+ app from the App Store or Google Play.
  • UC Health Savings Plan members should register with HealthEquity to view and manage their Health Savings Account balance.
  • Check your first paycheck in January to confirm your benefit deductions are accurate. If not, contact a UC Health Facilitator.

If you changed plans for 2022:

  • If you have a new family doctor, make an appointment for an office visit to get to know each other and to review your current health and health history. Work with your former doctor or behavioral health provider to transfer your medical records to your new doctor.

Prescription Drug Transition List

  • Check the Navitus formulary and prescription drug costs. If needed, talk to your doctor about alternatives to lower your cost. 
  • If you’re taking a drug that’s not on the Navitus drug list or you have other questions, call Navitus Customer Care at (855) 673-6504, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Before December 31

  • Get a refill of any current medications to last through the holidays and the new year. This will ensure your treatment is not interrupted during the transition to Navitus.
  • If your refills will expire on or around January 1, ask your doctor to write a new prescription (with refills) that you can submit to a retail pharmacy or the mail order or specialty pharmacy in January.

After January 1