You may be eligible for a range of medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits. You must choose whether to enroll in or waive your offered benefits within 31 days of your hire date.

Some benefits will enroll you automatically if you take no action, so please review all your options. You can easily waive or enroll in your benefits by using the benefits enrollment tool in your employee portal.

As a new hire, your elections will remain effective for the remainder of the plan year (July 1– June 30).

Need help choosing your benefits? Visit the Payroll and Benefits Orientation pages to find videos, guides and other resources to guide your decisions. There are options for faculty and staffSpanish speakerspost-docs and Graduate Medical Education interns, residents and subspeciality fellows.

Post Open Enrollment - How to Enroll

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Step 1: Log in to the employee portal.

Access your campus portal at, select your campus, and enter your username and password. You may also find campus-specific assistance with your user ID and password.

Step 2: Find the Benefits & Wellness tile

Once you have logged in to the portal, select the CU Resources tab. (If you do not see a CU Resources tab, it is your homepage.)

On your homepage, select the Benefits and Wellness tile.

Benefits & Wellness Tile

Select Benefits Enrollment.

Benefits Enrollment Tile

Step 3: Authenticate your identity

When you try to access a protected page in the portal's CU Resources area, a page like the one below will appear. You will be asked to authenticate your identity.

Authentication page

You will have three authentication options: Receive a push notification on your mobile device, receive a phone call with a passcode, or receive a passcode via text message or the Duo authentication app. 

Option 1: Receive push notification

From the Device drop-down menu, select the phone number where you wish to be contacted. Select device
Click the Send Me a Push button. Send me a push
You'll see that the system has pushed a login to your device. Pushed a login request to your device
Open the Duo app on your phone. Select the green button to accept.

The protected page will open.
Push message on cell phone

Option 2: Receive a phone call

From the Device drop-down menu, select the phone number where you wish to be contacted. Select a device
Click the Call Me button. Call me
Answer the call, then press any key on your phone to log in.

The protected page will open.

Answered. Press any key on your phone to log in.

Option 3: Receive a text message with a passcode or enter a passcode

From the Device drop-down menu, select the phone number where you wish to be contacted. Select a device
Click the Enter a Passcode button.
Enter a passcode
A blue bar will appear on the screen. Press the Text me new codes button. 

Text me new codes
You’ll receive a text message from CU with a passcode or you can open your DUO app and find a passcode there.

Enter the passcode and press the Log In button. 

The protected page will open.

Log in

Step 3: Choose your plans

All benefits plans for which you are eligible will be listed. On each tile, click the Review link to see your options, enroll or waive benefits plans.

Benefits Enrollment Tool

For example, if you select the Dental tile, you will reach a page where you can elect your plans and enroll any dependents you want covered. The first section you'll see on the Dental enrollment page is the Enroll Your Dependents section. Click Add/Update Dependent to reach a page where you can add dependents.

Enrolling dependents

Below the dependent enrollment section, you can choose among the available plans and select whether you want your coverage premiums deducted from your pay before or after your taxes are deducted. If you would like to see charts of the costs for each plan type and coverage level (individual, individual + spouse, etc.), click the "Overview of All Plans" button and a popup window will open.

Dental Plan Options

You can compare medical plans within the portal. Select the plans you'd like to see, and you can compare rates, deductibles, urgent care costs and more within the portal.

OE Compare Plan

Some plans will require you to list your primary care provider. You can use the Primary Care Provider List to find their provider ID. 

PCP Selection Tool

Each time you make a change, the Enrollment summary will update.

Enrollment Summary

Step 4: Click the Submit Enrollment tile

Review the page and verify that you have made all of your benefits selections.

To complete your enrollment, click the blue Submit Enrollment tile in the bottom right corner of the page. 

Submit Enrollment

If your enrollment is successful, you will be brought to a summary page and a popup window alerting you that your enrollment was successful.

Enrollment is Successful Pop-Up

Click OK to view your enrollment submission summary, and click Print at the top right of the summary page to view a printable page format or Done when you're ready to return to your enrollment page.

Step 5: Verify your benefits enrollment

In the enrollment tool, your Enrollment Summary status will show as Submitted.

Summary Tool with Submitted on the screen

The next business day, you may review your selection through the portal's Benefits Summary. To view your new elections, enter the effective date of your benefits enrollment (the first of the following month, so if you submit your enrollment in July, for example, the effective date will be 8/1/2024) in the date field and press the Refresh button.

To access your Benefits Summary: Select the Benefits & Wellness tile on your homepage and then select Benefits Summary

Benefits & Wellness Tile

If you do not take action within 31 days of your start date, you will be automatically enrolled in the following:

What happens if a faculty member, university staff, classified staff member, GME medical intern, resident or subspecialty fellow takes no action
Medical Plans Coverage Cost
CU Health Plan - High Deductible Employee Only $0/month
Dental Plans Coverage Cost
CU Health Plan  - Essential Dental Employee Only $0/month

CU's plans will act as your primary health coverage to any other health care plans you may already have. If you do not want this coverage, you must waive it (see Step 4).

Eligible employees will also be enrolled in a mandatory retirement plan. Please visit our retirement plan page for more information.