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Benefit Resources

Open Enrollment

**Open Enrollment is October 1st – October 31st. It is the once-a-year opportunity for benefit-eligible employees to make changes to your pre-tax insurance plans. Also, you must sign up for Medical and Dependent Care Reimbursement each year as these programs do not automatically carry over to the new plan year.  All other benefits will remain the same unless you make a change during open enrollment.  All changes will be effective January 1, 2024. 

This year all changes, with the exception of health and life insurance, will be made online at  Paper applications must be completed for health and life insurance changes.  Visit the links below for the required forms.  A Human Resources representative will be available on the dates below to assist you with any open enrollment needs. Meeting with HR is not required. However, if you need assistance an APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED.  Please click here to make an OPEN ENROLLMENT appointment.  It is important that you are on time for your appointment as you only have an allotted time of 15 minutes.

  • October 3rd        Hattiesburg campus, McLemore - Room 301
  • October 4th        Hattiesburg campus, McLemore - Room 301
  • October 10th      Hattiesburg campus, McLemore - Room 301
  • October 11th      Hattiesburg campus, McLemore - Room 301
  • October 17th      Hattiesburg campus, McLemore - Room 301
  • October 18th      Gulf Park campus, Hardy Hall - Room 214
  • October 24th      Hattiesburg campus, McLemore - Room 301
  • October 25th      Hattiesburg campus, McLemore - Room 301
  • October 31st      Hattiesburg campus, McLemore - Room 301

 **All changes to insurance plans must be made no later than October 31st mandated by our insurance carriers.  Health insurance changes must be in Human Resources by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31st.  No exceptions.


Login at:

Under employee login enter your social security number (no dashes) as your employee ID, and your SIX digit date of birth as your password (mmddyy – example:  January 21 of 76 would be entered as 012176)

Step 1. Review your personal information.  Click here if you need to update your address. Follow the instructions to the next page.

Step 2. Review your current information. If correct and you have no changes, continue to the next page.

If you wish to enroll in the dental and/or vision, click the enroll button next to the product and complete the online application. Once complete, you will return to the Cafeteria Plan enrollment. If you wish to change/review your dental or vision coverage, click the change/review button.  To cancel any supplemental insurance product, click the cancel coverage button and complete the online form.

Step 3. Make your Flexible Spending election. If you are electing to participate in Flexible Spending, please have your direct deposit information available to enter online.

Step 4. Review the summary of your election, if correct, proceed to the next step. If incorrect, click the back button.

Step 5. Read the plan provisions, acknowledge that you understand, and sign using your SS#. Your enrollment is complete. Please print copy for your records and click done.

Health Insurance:

The Plan implemented across the board 5% rate increases for all non-Medicare coverage categories. Click on the link below for the updated rates and other plan changes. 

A paper application must be completed for all health insurance changes.

Dental Insurance

Vision Insurance

Life Insurance

A paper application must be completed for all life insurance changes.

Cancer Insurance

  • Information Sheet
  • If you want to add the cancer insurance, you will need to contact our representative, Jenna Swearingen (Hattiesburg) or Kathi Jackson (Gulf Park, GCRL, Stennis). Contact information is on the Information Sheet.

Medical Reimbursement        Deductible Medical Expenses                       Partial Over-the-Counter Drug List

Child Care Reimbursement

  • Information Sheet      
  • You must sign up for Child Care Reimbursement each year.


As a benefit-eligible employee of The University of Southern Mississippi, you are eligible for health plan options, retirement plans, life insurance, and more. While many of these programs are administered by the State of Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, our Benefits team helps new employees understand their options, supports new families, assists employees with work-related injuries, and provides those preparing to retire with resources and guidance. Our Benefits team is part of the University Human Resources team.

Medical reimbursement and dependent child care:

Southern Administrators and Benefit Consultants, Inc.
Post Office Box 2449
Madison, MS 39130-2449
FAX (601) 856-8088

You can now submit your claims securely through their website.

**Please complete all personal information on the enrollment forms before your appointment with the benefits teams. Regardless if you are enrolling or waiving the insurance policies, you must complete all forms. Failure to complete all personal information prior to your appointment could result in your appointment being rescheduled. 

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Employment and Human Resources
301 McLemore Hall (MCL)
118 College Dr. #5111
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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