Open Enrollment 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues:

January 1, 2020, marks the beginning of a new year for the College’s benefit plans. The open enrollment period for making any changes is Monday, October 14 – Monday, November 11, 2019.  This is an active enrollment process, meaning that subscribers must log in to bswift to confirm or change your elections. An active process ensures that employees annually examine their benefits and make appropriate decisions about the benefits that best suit their own and their families’ needs.

Medical Plans: After two years of no increase to our health insurance premiums, our recent claims experience has not been so favorable. As a result, medical premiums will be increasing by 8.5%. However, after the wellness incentive contribution amount is applied, the impact on your premium is 7.3%-8.1% depending on the plan. The plans remain essentially unchanged, with the addition of coverage for up to 12 acupuncture visits per year (specialist copay will apply).

Dental Plan: Our dental plan claims have also been steadily on the rise over the past few years. That combined with plan enhancements recommended by the Benefits Committee has led to premium increases for 2020. The monthly rates will increase by $0.85 for individuals, $2.13 for employee-plus-one, and $2.82 for families. 

Expanded dental plan benefits for 2020 include: 

  • coverage for adult orthodontia (up to $1,500 lifetime benefit) 
  • coverage for night mouth guards
  • the cost of preventative benefits (bi-annual exam/cleaning and associated X-rays) will no longer count against your calendar year maximum benefit (currently $2,000), leaving the full amount available for other covered services

Vision Plan: The BCBS Blue 20/20 vision plan will continue to be available to employees and their families with no changes to the plans or premiums. 

You can review the 2020 Health, Dental and Vision Plan Costs on the HR website. You can also review all benefit plan premiums in bswift during open enrollment.

Flexible Savings Accounts: You must log into bswift to complete your election for 2020 FSA Healthcare, FSA Dependent Care and HSA. The annual limits will increase slightly for HSA. As a reminder, for those enrolled in the deductible plans, employees are responsible for a $500 deductible for an individual plan and $1,000 deductible for employee-plus-one and family plans. 

Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability: There are no changes to life insurance premiums or options. Please take the time to review your beneficiaries in bswift and update them as needed. Basic and Supplemental LTD premiums will be increasing by 21%  also due to an increase in claims over the last few years.

Charitable Contributions: You must log into bswift to complete your election for annual contributions to the Bennington United Way, Berkshire United Way, Northern Berkshire United Way, and Williamstown Community Chest. All contributions will be spread over 24 pay periods.

Personalized Enrollment Statement: You will receive a 2019 Personalized Enrollment Statement by email on October 13, 2019. We recommend you review this. As this is an active enrollment, all employees must log in to bswift to complete Open Enrollment elections or make changes. Please remember to make elections for 2020 FSA Healthcare, FSA Dependent Care, HSA and Charitable Donations, and update your dependents/beneficiaries if needed.

Additional Resources

Need help with choosing a medical plan? We encourage you to use the Ask Emma and the calculator features at to determine which medical plan best meets your needs. More information about your medical plan options can be found in this Medical Plan FAQ and the Medical/Dental Benefits page.

Open Enrollment Information Sessions 

Thursday, 10/17 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Friday, 10/18 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Wednesday, 10/23 2:15 pm Dining Services All-Hands Meeting
Thursday, 10/24 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Friday, 10/25 9:00 am – 10:30 am at Griffin Hall
Monday, 10/28 (two sessions)

9:00 am – 10:30 am

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Tuesday, 10/29 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Griffin Hall
Thursday, 10/31 8:30 am Facilities All-Hands Meeting* 
Friday, 11/1 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Monday, 11/4 9:00 am – 10:30 am

All sessions are in Paresky Auditorium
unless otherwise indicated.
*The Facilities All-Hands Meeting will include an overview of the open enrollment presentation. Facilities staff are encouraged to attend one of the open sessions to view the full presentation.

Enrollment Support – Jesup Computer Lab 203

Walk-in hours, HR staff will be available to assist individuals in the bswift enrollment process.

Tuesday, 10/29 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursday, 10/31 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Monday, 11/4 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, 11/7 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Notice of Creditable Coverage: We are required to include the Notice of Creditable Coverage to inform Medicare-eligible beneficiaries that the coverage provided under the group health plan meets or exceeds what is required under a Part D drug plan.