October 26, 2020

Open enrollment for 2021 benefits begins Wednesday; resources, labs available to assist employees

Open enrollment 2021 begins Wednesday (Oct. 28) and ends at 6 p.m. ET Nov. 10. Employees are asked to actively enroll via Benefitfocus.

Human Resources Benefits will again provide on-site computer labs during open enrollment for those employees who need access to a computer or broadband internet. The on-site computer lab will be open from Oct. 28 through Nov. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In order to adhere to Protect Purdue guidelines on capacity and social distancing, appointments will be required. Employees in need of lab time can sign up here.

Enrollment resources

Via the dedicated open enrollment website, employees have access to a variety of helpful resources and more, including:

  • An open enrollment guide is available for employees at all campuses, including a version in Spanish. The online guide includes details about what is changing, how to enroll and resources available.
  • Recorded enrollment presentation provides a detailed overview of information pertinent to benefits open enrollment for 2021 in an interactive format. For employees who were unable to attend a virtual presentation or those who would like a quick review, the recorded PowerPoint presentation highlights key enrollment information, including plans being offered, how a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) works, what’s new for 2021, how to enroll and more. Viewers can pause or rewind at any time to review specific information.
  • Working Spouse Guide: Employees can follow the guide to see how and if the premium applies to their family as well as if a Working Spouse Premium Waiver Form is required.
  • Working Spouse Premium Waiver Form: Employees who meet the waiver criteria for covering a working spouse must fill out and upload this form into Benefitfocus by Dec. 1.
  • How to Upload Working Spouse Premium Waiver Form: These detailed instructions provide step-by-step instructions on how to upload the form into Benefitfocus.


Employees should direct questions to Human Resources – Benefits at their respective campus. Allow time for responses as customer service’s call volume increases significantly during open enrollment.

  • West Lafayette campus: Email hr@purdue.eduor via secure email at HR Help or call 765-494-2222 or toll-free at 877-725-0222.
  • Fort Wayne campus: Email: hr@pfw.eduor call 260-481-6840.
  • PNW Westville and Hammond campuses: Email: hr@pnw.eduor call 219-989-2251.

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