Benefits Annual Enrollment

Annual Enrollment for Benefits

Each year, annual enrollment is your chance to choose benefits or make changes that will be effective the following Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.

Annual enrollment period this year is October 1-14, 2022.

It’s important to note that for MOST plan options*, if you don’t want to make changes to your benefits, you don’t have to do anything during Annual Enrollment. If you don’t make changes, you will be enrolled in the same plan options for medical, dental, vision, and disability products you are enrolled in now.

*Most flexible spending accounts require you to enroll each year. *Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance benefits will change and may require you to take action, including enrolling or removing your dependents. For more details, go to and click on Life.

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Visit About Enrollment for details.

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Benefits Webinars

There are two different types of Annual Enrollment webinars offered to help you learn about your 2023 benefits options:

  • View the flyer about the employee benefits webinars where employees can learn about the 2023 benefits options, and Benefits Administration staff members will be available to answer questions. Information will be the same each session, so employees only need to attend one.
  • View the flyer about the employee insurance carrier webinars where our carriers will discuss their products and employees can ask questions. As noted on the flyer, some of these webinars are only for state and higher education employees.

Sick Leave Bank

Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Application

  • V:01:25 Formation & Operation of Staff Sick Leave Bank (TBR P-061): employee must have at least one year of service (12 months) and ninety (90) sick leave hours banked.
  • V:01:30 Formation and Operation of Faculty Sick Leave Banks (TBR P-060): employee must have at least one year of service (12 months) and sixty seven and one half (67.5) sick leave hours banked.

Health Savings Account

Flexible Spending Benefits

If you choose to have a FSA account, you must re-enroll in your medical FSA, Limited Purpose FSA and Dependent Care FSA each year and choose how much money you put in your account during annual enrollment

Higher Education employees enroll in flexible benefits on the Optum website at

Find more information at under Other Benefits and Flexible Benefits.

Optum Financial 866-600-4984

Long Term Disability

We are excited to share news about changes to our long-term disability (LTD) insurance. These changes have resulted in lower premiums for current participants and for eligible employees who wish to join the plan during a special enrollment period this coming spring. 
Effective January 1, 2023, The Tennessee Board of Regents will be contracting with Reliance Standard to provide the employee LTD insurance program. Plan designs will match the current plans offered by Lincoln Financial, however premiums with Reliance Standard are 22 percent lower. 
Employees enrolled in the Lincoln LTD policy as of January 1 will be rolled over to the same plan level within the Reliance Standard program on January 1 without a loss of benefits or gap in coverage. 
Employees not enrolled in the Lincoln LTD policy as of January 1 will be able to participate in the Reliance Standard program following an open enrollment this spring. Dates for the special enrollment period will be announced later this year.