Your Guide to Open Enrollment: 2022 Edition
Our tips for those signing up for employer-provided benefits.
Ah, fall. Leaves change color. Cozy sweaters make a comeback. And people across the country line up for pumpkin spice lattes.
Fall is also the time for open enrollment. Those with employer-provided benefits need to make decisions about their healthcare coverage (and other elections, such as vision and dental insurance) for the coming year.
Many simply take the path of least resistance: They’ll roll over their existing benefits from one year to the next. But that may be a mistake.
“Your employer's menu may change from year to year, and so might your own needs,” reminds Morningstar director of personal finance Christine Benz. For instance, your employer may have added a high-deductible healthcare plan with a health savings account as an option, which might provide you with a cost-savings opportunity. Or perhaps the vision insurance you've normally glossed over is now more appealing since two of your kids started wearing glasses this year.
We’ve created this guide to help you evaluate your healthcare and other coverage for the coming year.
A Checklist for Open Enrollment Season
If you're signing up for employer-provided benefits, don't just re-up for last year's choices; read this first.
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With more employers levying spousal surcharges, obtaining coverage on a single plan isn’t necessarily the most cost-effective for dual-earning couples.
What Is a Health Savings Account?
All you need to know about this popular account used to cover healthcare expenses.
It's Open Enrollment Season. Have You Taken a Good Look at an HSA?
For high-income investors who are maxing out other tax-sheltered accounts, the high-deductible healthcare plan/HSA combo is close to a no-brainer.
The Best HSA Plans of 2021
Fidelity stands above the rest during our annual HSA checkup.
Watch: The 5 Best Health Savings Accounts for Spenders
These HSAs earn our top spending account rankings this year.
Watch: The Best Health Savings Account for Investors
This HSA earns the top spot for those who want to use their accounts as investment vehicles.
Watch: The ABCs of HSAs
We cover the basics of health savings accounts.
Can You Save Too Much in a Health Savings Account?
Even savers whose assets exceed their healthcare outlays have some escape hatches.