Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2021

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 19, 2020 - November 6, 2020 (Ends at 6:00 PM Eastern Time)

Effective Date for Changes: January 1, 2021 (Payroll deductions begin the first paycheck in December, 2020)

Insurance Plan Information
What's New for 2021

Please review your Open Enrollment package, which will be mailed in October. Benefits Statements will also be available online through the People First website after October 6, 2020. 

Beginning October 1, 2020, you may visit the State of Florida MyBenefits website to learn what's new this Open Enrollment period.

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.
Preparation and Assistance Sessions

Preparation and Assistance Sessions for help with Open Enrollment and the People First website will be held via WebEx on the following days/times:

Preparation Sessions (get ready and research your options):

  • Wednesday, September 30, 3:00 pm
  • Monday, October 5, 10:30 am
  • Friday, October 9, 10:30 am
  • Thursday, October 15, 2019, 1:30 pm

Assistance Sessions (work through the enrollment process with live support):

  • Monday, October 19, 10:30 am
  • Thursday, October 22, 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 27, 3:00 pm
  • Friday, October 30, 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 3, 10:30 am
  • Friday, November 6, 10:30 am

For each of these sessions, please sign up on the Professional Development Learning Library or by calling 850-­474-­2694.

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.
  • Step-by-Step Assistance – For additional help with the enrollment process, refer to our People First Benefits Enrollment guide or attend an Open Enrollment Assistance session. 


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.