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Welcome to Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) and congratulations on your new position! W&J is committed to providing benefits that help protect you and your family's health, welfare, and financial well-being. As a new, benefits-eligible employee, one of your first tasks is to enroll in your health insurance benefit options. This page was created to assist newly hired employees with their (health insurance) benefits enrollment prior to their start date. You will receive a packet from Human Resources (HR) with the specific benefit booklets and enrollment forms that you will be eligible for during your benefits orientation or the information will be mailed to you.  In-addition, you will have the opportunity to enroll in the other benefits during the benefits orientation.

Full-time employees have 30 days from date of hire to enroll in health insurance. Coverage will be effective on the first day of the month following date of hire (or on the actual date of hire if hired on the first of the month), provided all the enrollment requirements are completed.

IMPORTANT: New employees must enroll in or opt-out of health insurance for themselves within their first 30 days of employment or they will be defaulted to the single level bronze health insurance plan.  In-addition, if your start date is the 1st of the month, enrollment forms must be returned to HR no later than the 25th of the prior month or you will be automatically enrolled in the Bronze plan until the necessary paperwork is completed.  You may also cover your eligible spouse/domestic partner and/or eligible dependents with coverage under the medical, dental and vision care.

Follow the action steps in the order shown and ask for help if you need it. You'll be properly enrolled in short order.To begin the enrollment process, please complete the following first steps:



Step 1

Review the benefit plan comparisons to help select the best plan for you and your family. The plan comparison tables outline healthcare options.

Benefit Plans Comparisons

All employers are required to provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) for all the health plans available to their employees.

Click on the options below to learn what your plan covers and what it costs.

Step 2

Review Working Spouse/Domestic Partner Policy for Health Care Coverage.

Step 3

Complete the Health Insurance Enrollment Form.

Step 4

Complete the Spousal/Domestic Partner Coverage for Continuation of Health Care Coverage Form.

Step 5

Complete Contribution Authorization Form.

There are two opportunities to enroll in benefits outside the 30-day enrollment window:

  • Annual open enrollment period in the fall; changes made during open enrollment take effect January 1 of the following year.
  • Under IRS regulations, there are certain "qualified" events in family or employment status that permit you to make benefit changes. You have 30 days from the date of the event to make any changes and the changes must be consistent with the event.