Health Benefits

Visit the Open Enrollment website to learn more about benefit changes for 2020.

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Syracuse University is committed to providing affordable, comprehensive health plan options for our staff and faculty. Three health plan options and two dental plan options, with or without vision coverage, are available. All plans have a comprehensive, national network of participating providers, and include worldwide coverage for emergencies.

Frequently Asked Questions about Benefits

You can request new ID cards by contacting the administrator.

Note that the VSP vision plan does not produce member ID cards to mail to you, but you can print a facsimile of an ID card by logging into their site.

Have a smartphone? Download the mobile apps for Excellus BCBS, OptumRx, Delta Dental and VSP to make sure you have access to your electronic member ID card at all times. The apps also allow you to see plan benefits, find participating providers, order prescription refills, and much more. Download the free apps from iTunes or Google Play.

By logging into MySlice, you can update most of your personal information, including your address, phone number, email, emergency contact and military status. You can also add a Preferred Name, which will display in many University software systems, including as your email display name. To change your name in University records, you must provide a copy of your new Social Security card issued in your new name and complete a Name Change form [PDF]. To change your gender, contact HR Shared Services.

Review the information about reaching age 65 under balancing your life events.

Yes, generally, appointments for academic year employees are structured to continue through mid-August, so medical, dental, vision, life, disability and flexible spending accounts coverage will continue through the summer.  Your paycheck deductions during the academic year are accelerated to cover your costs during the summer when you do not receive a paycheck. If you are separating from employment, all benefits end on your last day worked. Consult your supervisor or contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042 if you have questions about your status or benefit coverage during the summer.

You have 31 days from the date of the event (marriage, birth, adoption, etc.) to make changes to your benefits.  Contact HR Shared Services to add your new eligible family members to your existing coverage. If you do not contact us within 31 days, you must wait for the next annual enrollment (generally held in early November) to make changes to your benefits. Read more about life events such as getting married and becoming a parent, and contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042 with any questions.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this website is accurate. However, benefits are governed by legal documents (which, in certain circumstances, may include insurance contracts). If there is any difference between the information in this website and the official documents, the official documents will control. As is the case with all of Syracuse University’s employee benefit plans, the University reserves the right to modify or terminate these benefits at any time.