Enrollment and Effective Dates


In general, there are three times when an employee can enroll in or change benefits: as a new hire, during the Open Enrollment period, or after experiencing a Qualifying Status Change (QSC) event.

Eligible employees have a 60-day window from their hire date to enroll into state insurances. 

Eligible New Hires

Eligible new employees have 60 days from the date of hire to enroll into State of Florida insurance plans. All salaried employees, Executive Service (AEX), Faculty (CTP), Administrative & Professional (A&P), and University Support Personnel Service (USPS), are eligible to enroll into State of Florida insurances as a new hire.

OPS employees that work an average of 30 hours or more per week (0.75 FTE) at the point of hire, through a Qualifying Status Change (QSC), or over a defined measurement period are eligible for State of Florida benefits.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is held in the fall and provides employees the opportunity to review available benefit plan options and make changes for the next plan year.  Any changes made during Open Enrollment remain in effect for the entire calendar year unless there is a change made because of a QSC event.

Qualifying Status Change (QSC) Event

A QSC event provides a 60-day window from the date of the event to make changes to benefits. Changes include enrolling or cancelling, increasing, or decreasing coverage, or adding or removing dependents.

Effective Date

Health and Prescription coverage can be effective the first of the month following enrollment. Employees can enroll as early as the day after their hire date. Other insurance plans become effective the first of the month after one full month’s premium is deducted from two paychecks in a month.