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ALEX Available for 2019 Benefits Planning

You may already be aware that you have access to ALEX, a personalized online benefits counselor, to answer most questions surrounding your 2018 benefit plans.

With the 2019 Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period just around the corner (October 1 – 26, 2018), we are pleased to announce that you will also have access to ALEX to help you make 2019 benefit plan decisions. The benefit plan elections made during ABE will be effective January 1, 2019.

As a reminder, ALEX is an interactive benefits decision tool to help you understand the benefit plans and options offered to you and your family year round. Whether you’re a new or long-term employee, ALEX is available to you at any time! As the ABE period quickly approaches, here is some additional information surrounding both the 2018 and 2019 versions of ALEX:

When will I be able to access the ALEX version that reflects the 2019 benefit plans?
The 2019 version of ALEX will be available late September, prior to the ABE period, which will give you an opportunity to educate yourself regarding the 2019 benefit plans and rates.

Will I still be able to access the ALEX version that reflects the current 2018 benefit plans?
Yes, the 2018 version of ALEX will also be available for you to use even after the 2019 version of ALEX is released.

Will there be any major differences between the 2018 and 2019 versions of ALEX?
The 2019 version of ALEX will be nearly identical to the 2018 version. However, you may notice during ABE the only plans that will appear in the 2019 version of ALEX are:

  • The plans that allow you to make changes during the ABE period 
  • The plans that can be changed at any time

Once the ABE period has ended, the 2019 version of ALEX will be updated to include all benefit plans. These additional plans include: life insurance and Income Continuation Insurance (ICI).

How do I access ALEX?
Visit the ALEX landing page to get started. This page will be updated late September to include the 2019 version for your use!

Will ALEX be my only resource for ABE information?
No, ALEX is just one resource for ABE information. You may begin to review the 2019 benefit plan change information on the ABE website.

Source: UW System Human Resources