2021 Open Enrollment

HWS entrance

Welcome to the 2021 Open Enrollment webpage. Benefits Open Enrollment will take place this year November 4th through November 25th. Employees are now able to log into the benefit portal using PeopleSoft single sign on. Simply log into PeopleSoft with your HWS username and password as you normally do and then navigate to the benefit portal located under the Human Resources menu. As a benefits eligible faculty or staff member, you have access to a range of quality benefit options so you can get the coverage you need for yourself and your eligible family members. Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to reassess your healthcare, life insurance, and other benefit needs - by considering how you used your benefits in 2020 and how your needs may change in 2021.

Benefits eligible faculty and staff are able to enroll in or make changes to their benefit elections for the upcoming calendar year during Open Enrollment. Log in to the benefit portal to review your benefit elections from last year and to update benefit elections for calendar year 2021. Click here for directions on how to log in to Aleraedge.com. Open enrollment begins on November 4th at 12:00 a.m. and closes on November 25th at 11:59 p.m. Once Open Enrollment closes you will not be able to make a benefit change until the next Open Enrollment, unless you have a qualifying life event.

If you do not elect any changes, your current benefit elections will remain in effect with the exception of flexible spending. Remember, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts will default to No Contribution so it is important that you (re)elect the appropriate contribution each year.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges 2021 Open Enrollment Video

2021 Benefit Highlights

Human Resources is hosting several virtual sessions for employees to learn about benefit offerings and to ask questions. Benefit presentations will be held on the below dates and Zoom links will be shared soon via email.

Thursday, October 29th at 10:00 am
Thursday, October 29th at 4:00 pm
Wednesday November 11th at 10:00
Wednesday November 11th at 4:00 pm

Summary of Changes

  • Nationwide the cost of healthcare premiums continue to increase, however, the Colleges have committed to shouldering a portion of that increase in an effort to support our employees and their families. This year the medical benefit rates will increase slightly by 1.5%.
  • Health and Dependent Care FSA claims for the 2020 calendar year must be submitted no later than June 15, 2021 for reimbursement.

For more information regarding Flexible Spending Accounts please click here.


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MORE Information

Instructions on Aleraedge.com

Open Enrollment Dates

Qualifying Life Event Change

Medical Opt Out Stipend

Paid Family Leave (PFL)

Vendor Information

Health Insurance
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
Customer Service 800-499-1275

Customer Service 855-577-6311

Dental and Vision Insurance
Customer Service 800-541-7846

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Insurance Enrollment
Relph Benefit Advisors
Customer Service 800-836-0026

Customer Service 800-842-2252

Customer Service

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
ENI/My Balance Works


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