Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2019

The State of Florida conducts an annual open enrollment period to give employees an opportunity to review and/or make changes to insurances. Here you will find information on making your selections and the process for ensuring your insurances are properly established.

Requests to change plan elections with the State of Florida may be made during this annual event. If you have additional questions not answered in the below material, please contact Human Resources at 850-474-2694 and ask to speak with a Benefits Specialist.

Open Enrollment Election Period: 

October 15, 2018 - November 2, 2018 (Ends at 6:00 PM Eastern Time)

Effective Date for Changes: January 1, 2019 (Payroll deductions begin the first paycheck in December, 2018)

Insurance Plan Information
What's New for 2019

The main announcements for this year’s Open Enrollment are the Shared Savings Program, known as “3 Ways to Save,” and a guaranteed issue life insurance option through Securian Financial. A more detailed overview of the changes may be found by reviewing the following resources:

Enrollment Process

Remember that enrollment into benefits at UWF is a two-step process.

  1. Sign up online with People First (see “People First Website Tips" below or attend an Assistance Session) or by calling 866-663-4735.
  2. Provide UWF Human Resources with written Confirmation of Benefits statement.
Assistance Sessions

Assistance Sessions for help with the People First website will be held in the Library Classroom (Bldg 32/Room 123) on the following days/times:

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 18, 9:30 am
  • Monday, October 22, 9:30 am
  • Thursday, October 25, 2:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 1, 9:30 am

For each of these sessions, please sign up on the Reservation Desk or by calling 850-­474-­2694.

Additionally, an Open Enrollment Assistance Day will be held at the Emerald Coast Campus in Building 2, Room 210 - Students Services on:

  • Wednesday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (please schedule an appointment by emailing Elsie Rivera).
People First Website Tips
  • General - The People First website has been redesigned so that more up-to-date browsers such as Google Chrome can now be used. If you have previously saved settings for this site in Internet Explorer, those should be reset, as Compatibility Mode is no longer needed and will result in errors. There have not been changes to the web address (, User IDs, or passwords with the upgrade to the new portal.
  • User ID – A six- or seven- digit number assigned when first loaded into the People First system as an employee. The number is listed on your benefits statements that come by mail from People First or can be obtained online by clicking "Forgot Login ID."
  • Password Reset – On the website there is a link for “Forgot Your Password?” that will guide you through the process, which requires a verification code that can be sent via text or email. UWF Human Resources does not have access to passwords or capability to reset your password.
  • User ID Lookup and Password Reset video - For additional information on looking up your People First ID or resetting your password, please view the video provided by the Florida Department of Management Services.
Address Verification with People First

Be sure to confirm your address‌‌ for this year’s Open Enrollment.

Dependent Eligibility Certification

Prior to Open Enrollment, employees will be prompted to certify details on each of their dependents, including eligibility, date of birth, and Social Security number. Be prepared to provide this information when signing into the People First site.

Following Open Enrollment, the State of Florida will conduct an audit of all dependents by requesting documentation on each new dependent enrolled in an insurance plan. More information is available on the Dependent Eligibility Verification page of the MyBenefits site.