Employee Benefits

CSU Annual Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment 2020!

Save the date for the Benefits Fair: Tuesday September 17, 2019 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. in Goodwin Forum!

The CSU annual Open Enrollment period for 2020 will be September 9, 2019 through October 4, 2019.Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review and update your current benefits for the 2020 calendar year. You can enroll, change, or cancel CalPERS health, dental, vision plan or Flexcash, enroll for the first time or re-enroll in Dependent Care Reimbursement (DCRA), Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or voluntary benefit plans. The effective date for all changes/enrollments made during the Open Enrollment period will be January 1, 2020. 

To make Open Enrollment changes, log into MyHumboldt, navigate to the “Benefits” tab under “My Profile” and click the Open Enrollment: September 9 – October 4 link.  Click the ‘Select’ button and follow the prompts to make changes.   Please see our Open Enrollment eBenefits Guide for more information on how to make open enrollment changes in eBenefits.

For 2020, the premiums for many plans will be increasing. Please carefully review the 2020 Health Premium Rate Sheet.  The level of coverage for both Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans, benefits and network providers in Humboldt County are the same, and are facilitated through the Independent Practice Association (IPA) in Eureka; the Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans are administered directly by Anthem Blue Cross.

A Few Notable Changes:

  • Pet Insurance through Nationwide for your dogs, cats, small mammals and certain exotic animals. Click here for more information and how to enroll.
  • The Critical Illness Plan through Aflac will no longer be available January 1, 2020. Those enrolled will have coverage through December 31, 2019, and have the option to continue with Aflac by paying the premiums directly to the vendor.  The Standard Life Insurance Company will offer an Accident Insurance Plan, with a special enrollment period in early 2020 – more info coming soon!  

Important Things to Remember/Review:

  • The Benefits Open Enrollment for 2020 Brochure – for the 2020 plan year.  This document highlights changes for 2020, new prices, and the on-going benefit options you have access to as a CSU employee.  This is a comprehensive guide to everything changing for 2020 – please review! 
  • The 2020 Health Premiums Rate sheet.  This is a list of monthly premiums for each health plan.
  • To make changes to your vision plan, visit http://csuactives.vspforme.com/.  These changes must be completed with VSP directly.
  • HCRA/DCRA plans DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY ROLL FORWARD – you must re-enroll for 2020 if you would like your enrollment to continue.
  • All information regarding Open Enrollment will be available on the Benefits Website.
  • Please print the final page of your enrollment.  eBenefits is not capable at this time to send you a confirmation of your enrollment – please print and save for your records.

Please remember that you have online access to your benefit enrollment information through your MyHumboldt Portal.  You can review your health enrollments from anywhere, 24/7.  Learn more about how to find your Benefits Summary here.

All open enrollment eBenefits changes must be submitted by 5pm, Friday, October 4, 2019.  At this time, access to the eBenefits system will be closed.

Please plan to attend the annual Benefits Fair scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, 9a.m. – 11a.m., in Goodwin Forum.  HSU Benefits staff will be available during the Benefits Fair to answer questions.


To view the 2020 Evidence of Coverage and/or Summaries please visit the following websites:


  • Anthem Blue Cross CalPERS website for the following plans:
    • Anthem Blue Cross Traditional HMO
    • Pers Choice
    • Pers Care
    • Pers Select
    • Anthem Blue Cross EPO
  • Coming soon:
    • PORAC  


Our benefits program is just one way Humboldt State University and the CSU system are committed to your success and well-being. The following list of benefits and services are available to full-time and some part-time employees:

  • A selection of health plans with HMO and PPO options
  • Dental coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Income protection benefits including life insurance and disability
  • Retirement Programs
  • Voluntary investment options (403(b), 457, 401(k))
  • Voluntary pre-tax health and dependent care reimbursement accounts
  • Voluntary pre-tax parking deduction plan
  • FlexCash in lieu of health/dental with proof of other coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program

The provisions of Collective Bargaining Agreements may modify employee benefits. Check the respective benefit summaries, below, for specific information.  If you don’t know your unit or need additional information, please contact Human Resources at 826-3626.


e-Benefits FAQs

  1. *What is e-Benefits?

    To facilitate your open enrollment changes, Employee Self Service e-Benefits is available 24/7. e-Benefits automates and simplifies the process of managingyour benefit elections while reducing paper usage.

  2. How can I see what plan(s) I am currently enrolled in?

    At any time of year you can find your My Profile pagelet on the MyHumboldt portal and click on the Benefits tab, then select ‘Benefit Summary.’  You will also see your current enrollments when you log in to make Open Enrollment changes.

  3. How do I access e-Benefits?

    Youcanlogintoe-BenefitsfromanycomputerwithInternetaccess beginning September 10ththrough October 5th.  Once logged into MyHumboldt, navigate to the Benefits tab under ‘My Profile’ and click the Open Enrollment – eBenefits link.

    On the Benefits Enrollment page, click on the Select Button and follow the instructions on each screen. For detailed directions on how to enroll in specific plans, please see our Step-by-Step e-Benefits Reference Guide.  Be sure to submit any required supporting documentation to Human Resources to finalize your enrollment.

  4. What do I need to do to use e-Benefits?

    Employees will need to have access to PeopleSoft’s HR Center and fill out/sign the e-Benefits electronic signature form.  

  5. What if I change my mind and want to change my elections?

    At any time between September 10thand October 5th, simply follow the above directions to log in to your Self Service and update your selections. After October 5th the changes will be finalized and you will not be able to change your elections without a permitting life event.