Enrolling, Making Changes, and Paying for Benefits

How to Enroll

You can enroll for healthcare coverage through Penn’s online benefits enrollment site during your new employee eligibility period or the annual Open Enrollment period. You may be eligible to change your coverage at other times as the result of an employment status change or a qualifying life event change, such as a change in marital status or the arrival of a new child.

The online benefits enrollment site is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply log on with your PennKey and password and you can enroll for coverage, make changes to your existing elections, and view a summary of your benefits.

If you don’t have online access or are having problems enrolling online, contact the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENN-BEN (1-888-736-6236), Monday - Friday, 8am to 6pm. 

If you elect to cover dependents, you must verify their eligibility.

Questions?

Contact the Penn Benefits Center
1-888-PENNBEN or 1-888-736-6236

New Employee Eligibility Period

When you’re newly hired or become newly eligible for benefits, your healthcare coverage is effective on the first day of the month following your hire date.

You have 30 days from the date your benefits become effective to enroll for healthcare coverage. You can enroll for healthcare coverage once you register for and receive your PennKey and password.

The elections you make during an enrollment period stay in effect for the entire plan year unless you experience a qualifying life event change.

You have 30 days from the date your benefits become effective to enroll for healthcare coverage.

Open Enrollment

Each year, you have the opportunity to make changes to your elections during the annual Open Enrollment period. Open Enrollment generally is held in mid-April, and any changes made during this period become effective for the following plan year (July 1-June 30). Click here for more details on Open Enrollment.

The elections you make during an enrollment period stay in effect for the entire plan year unless you experience a qualifying life event change.

Qualifying Life Event Changes

If you experience a change in family status or employment status, you may be eligible to make changes to your benefit elections outside of Open Enrollment Qualifying events include the birth or adoption of a child, marriage or domestic partnership, divorce or separation, death of a dependent, and change in your dependent’s eligibility for benefits. Keep in mind that the IRS limits the types of changes you can make for such events.

If you experience a qualifying life event, log on to the online enrollment system to change your coverage. You must make any changes within 30 days of the event; otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the next Open Enrollment period.

You have 30 days from the date of the qualifying life event to make changes to your benefits.

Verifying Dependent Eligibility

You'll need to provide proof of eligibility if you enroll dependents for healthcare coverage.

Paying for Benefits

Your contributions for medical, dental, and vision coverage, and the