Benefits News and Events

New Wellmark BC/BS Member ID Cards

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield will be sending all UIChoice (Active employees and Retirees) and University of Iowa Student Insurance policyholders (SHIP and GRADCare) new member ID cards with a new policy number. Cards will be mailed to your home address by January 1, 2019. Please ensure your address is up to date to avoid any delays. Once you have received your new cards, be sure to notify your health care providers of your new policy number and begin using your new card on January 1.

How to update your address:

  • Active Employees can update their address in Employee Self Service.
    • Log in with your HawkID and password>>Personal Tab>>Name, Address & Hawk Alert Section>>Address/Phone Change
  • UI Retirees can update their address by emailing University benefits at with your university ID number and you updated address.
  • UI Students can update their address in MyUI.
    • Log in with your HawkID and Password>>Student Information>>Address Change

*All member ID cards will have the policyholders name on them. 

Annual Open Enrollment for 2019

The 2019 Annual Open Enrollment period for 2019 has closed as of November 16, 2018.

You will now receive benefits confirmation statements electronically. Paper confirmation statements will no longer be sent in campus mail. Going forward, you will receive email notification of a confirmation statement available in Employee Self Service following your elections. Upon receiving your email notification, please review the applicable statement to confirm your elections. 

If a correction is needed, follow the steps from your Benefits Confirmations page in Employee Self Service. You will have until December 3, 2018 to submit any final changes for 2019 benefits.

All changes will be effective January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019. You will not be able to make any changes during the year unless you have a qualifying event.  

Student Insurance Open Enrollment - January 1 - February 9, 2019

Effective August 1, 2018, students are only able to make changes to their insurance during open enrollment or with a qualifying event.

Open Enrollment Periods every year are:

  • August 1 - September 9
  • January 1 - February 9
  • May 1 - June 9

You may contact the Student Insurance team at with any questions. 

University Benefits Office Hours

It has determined that employees want more access to our office for general benefit questions. University Benefits is now offering in person office hours at a location near you. Select the header above for more information. 

ABOUT OUR SITE: The information presented on our website describes only the highlights of the plans and does not constitute official plan documents. Additional terms and conditions apply. If there are any discrepancies between the information contained herein and the official plan documents, the plan documents will govern.

Benefits Office

Campus address
120 USB
U.S. mailing address
The University of Iowa
University Benefits Office
120 University Services Bldg.
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm