2017 Benefits Information

On August 10th the Board of Regents approved the 2017 USG healthcare plan changes and premiums for the 2017 plan year.  In 2017, the University System of Georgia (USG) will continue to offer four healthcare plan options to active employees and pre-65 retirees and pre-65 retiree dependents.  

2017 Active Employee Healthcare Premiums & ER Cost

All employees are encouraged to ensure the address on file is correct.  You may do this by reviewing your Personal Information through the ADP portal.  The attached Job Tool provides step by step instructions for accessing the Personal Information section of the ADP portal.  If you need assistance with portal password resets or if you have forgotten your ADP portal ID, please contact the USG Shared Services Center at 1-855-214-2644.


This year, Open Enrollment will be a passive enrollment for benefits and the tobacco surcharge.  If you do not want to make any changes or new elections for 2017, your current coverage will remain for 2017 (with the exception of the FSA’s—you must elect these each year in order to continue your participation). The tobacco surcharge will remain at $75 monthly in addition to the cost for medical insurance and applies to employees and dependents age 18 and over.  If an employee makes a change during Open Enrollment, he/she will be prompted to certify his/her tobacco use and for dependents 18+ if enrolled in a USG healthcare plan.  An employee may change his/her tobacco use status at any time during the year and the change goes into effect the first of the next month.  


This year, USG is taking the final step in moving to the defined contribution pricing model for healthcare premiums.  This means the employer subsidy will be the same for each plan, at each coverage tier in 2017.   Premiums are increasing between 0% – 8% depending on plan enrollment and coverage tier. To see healthcare premiums by plan and medical comparison charts please consult the 2017 USG Comparison Guide.


In 2017, the University System of Georgia (USG) will continue to offer 4 healthcare plan options to active employees. Employees will receive a benefits worksheet and a 2017 Summary of Benefits,  mailed to their home address prior to the start of Open Enrollment.  

Changes to Healthcare Plans:

Consumer Choice HSA Healthcare Plan

  • The in-network deductible will increase from $1,500 to $2,000 for single coverage and $3,000 to $4,000 for family coverage
  • The out-of-network deductible will increase from $3,000 to $4,000 for single coverage and $6,000 to $8,000 for family coverage
    • The in-network out-of-pocket maximum will increase from $6,850 to $7,000

Comprehensive Care Plan

    • No changes to plan benefits

Blue Choice HMO Healthcare Plan

  • Specialist and Urgent Care co-payments will increase from $50 to $60
  • The Emergency Room co-payment will increase from $250 to $300

Kaiser HMO Healthcare Plan

  • No changes to plan benefits

Dental Plan – Delta Dental

  • No changes to the plan benefits
  • Dental Rates will increase by 1.7% on the base and high plans

Vision Plan – EyeMed

·         No changes to the plan benefits or premiums

Life Insurance Plan – Minnesota Life

  • No changes to plan benefit or premiums
  • Employees will be allowed to increase 1x salary up to the lessor of 3x salary or $500,000 without Evidence of Insurability (EOI)
  • Spouse life requires EOI and Child Life does not require EOI

Short and Long Term Disability – MetLife

  • No changes to the plan benefits
  • No change in premium for Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability premiums will increase 3%

Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts – Optum Bank

  • No changes to the plan benefits or account fees
  • The HSA match will remain the same in 2017 with a maximum match limit of $375 for individual and $750 for family coverage
  • Health Savings Account individual annual contribution limit will increase from $3,350 to $3,400

Lifeperx LifeStyle Benefits

  • Legal Care has been removed from all Lifeperx options and replaced with a Tax Help Line
  • All Options have lower rates for 2017


In 2017, the University System of Georgia (USG) will offer 4 new voluntary benefits plans for active employees.

  • USG Critical Illness (Aflac)This plan provides cash benefits when an insured person is diagnosed with or treated for a covered illness.  Coverage can help employees with meeting financial obligations, such as medical bills and deductibles, as well as indirect costs when experiencing a critical illness covered under the plan.
  • USG Accident (Voya) – Provides employees with hospital, physician, accidental death and catastrophic accident benefits in the event of a covered accident. 
  • USG Hospital Indemnity (Voya) – Helps offset out-of-pocket medical costs, such as high deductibles and coinsurance, as well as everyday living expenses during a covered hospital stay.
  • USG Legal plan (LegalEASE) – Helps pay for attorney fees for services such as wills, home sale/purchase, adoptions, divorce, consumer protection, tax audit, etc. 


Take advantage of employee-only discounts through the Perks at Work discount program. Find discounts on things like Home & Auto Insurance with companies such as MetLife, Allstate, GEICO as well as many other programs and services.   Log in to USG Perks at Work to start saving today– Enroll at any time throughout the year!


The following GSU voluntary benefits programs will be discontinued through payroll deduction effective 12/31/2016 due to new plans being offered by the USG. 

  • MetLife – Critical Illness Plan
  • MetLife – Accident Insurance Plan

Employees that are enrolled in MetLife Critical Illness, Accident may continue their coverage with MetLife on a direct pay basis (information will be mailed to covered members) or they may discontinue coverage and enroll in the new USG Critical Illness (Aflac) , USG Accident (Voya)  voluntary plans offered by the USG. 

GSU will continue to offer the following voluntary plans in 2017 without change to plan benefits or premiums:

  • VPI – Pet Insurance
  • EPIC Hearing Plan