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Division of Human Resources

Benefits fair kicks off the 2019 open enrollment season

In preparation for open enrollment, Human Resources is hosting a Benefits Fair on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Russell House. Benefits Office staff will be available in Room 201 to initiate open enrollment changes, and vendors will be available in the ballroom to answer your questions.

Not only will you have the opportunity to get lots of valuable information, but you will also be able to take advantage of many free or low-cost health screenings and flu shots.

The Preventive Workplace Screening

Highlighting this year’s benefits fair is a FREE preventive workplace screening provided by Carolina Occupational Health. The screening includes a health risk appraisal, lipid profile, chemistry profile, hemogram, and height, weight and blood pressure check. Additional testing can be added for an additional fee. 

This $350 health screening is available at no cost for eligible subscribers and their covered spouses once per year. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in either of the State Health Plans. If you are enrolled in the TRICARE Supplemental Plan, you are NOT eligible for this benefit.

Register online before Tuesday, September 18 to schedule your appointment. The health screenings are in Room 303 of the Russell House, and appointment times begin at 7:30 a.m. and run through noon. A 12 hour fast is required for an accurate screening.

Blood Pressure and Body Fat Screenings

Gamecocks LiveWell will be onsite in Room 305 to provide free blood pressure and body fat screenings. Registration is not required. Screenings are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mammogram Screenings

The Palmetto Health mobile mammography bus will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Petigru College. Please register for your mammogram by calling 803-296-8888 (Toll free 1-800-221-9724) and indicate that you are registering for the USC Benefits Fair.

You may also register online at by clicking on “Patient/Guests” and thenRequest an Appoint". Be sure to select “Mobile Mammogram” for appointment type and “Palmetto Health Mobile Mammography” for preferred location. 

To be covered by your insurance, your last mammogram must be more than a year ago. For registration you will need: your insurance card, the date the mobile bus will be at USC (September 18, 2018), and your doctor’s full name and full mailing address.  

The scheduling office with Palmetto Health will call you back with your confirmed appointment time. There is no waiting area, so please arrive at your scheduled time. You will need to bring your insurance card with you. For step-by-step instructions, please print this flyer provided by Palmetto Health [pdf]

Hearing Tests

The USC Speech and Audiology Department will offer free hearing tests from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 309 of the Russell House. Registration is not required.

Flu Shots

Center for Health and Well-Being will be providing flu shots for faculty and staff in Room 301 of the Russell House. Please contact them at 803-777-3175 regarding any associated costs. Flu shots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.


Massage Envy will be offering free individual massages from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 304, and Wiseman Family Chiropractic will be offering free group massages from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 348. Massages are available by appointment only. Space is limited. Please contact Lindsay Johnson at 803-777-6650 to schedule your appointment.


This year’s fair will feature the following workshops:

Open Enrollment (PEBA)
10:00 – 10:40 a.m.
Room 203

ASIFlex (new MoneyPlus vendor)
10:45 – 11:05 a.m.
Room 203

Retirement Awareness (PEBA)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room 205

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment takes place from October 1 – 31. During this time, you may make the following changes:

  •  Enroll or drop dependents from your coverage
  • Change from one health plan to another plan
  • Enroll or drop the vision coverage
  • Enroll or drop the insurance premium feature of MoneyPlus
  • Elect to participate in the MoneyPlus medical and dependent care spending accounts – you must re-enroll each year to continue participation

Look for PEBA’s 2019 Insurance Summary newsletter which will be sent through campus mail during the month of September. Published by the S.C. Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), this newsletter provides details about open enrollment and benefits related information to state employees.

Beginning October 1, 2018, you may make changes to your coverage outlined in PEBA’s Insurance Summary. Deductions to your coverage will be effective January 1, 2019 and will be reflected in your December 15, 2018 paycheck. MoneyPlus changes will be reflected in your January 15, 2019 paycheck.

For any questions regarding the Benefits Fair or open enrollment, please contact the Benefits Office by calling 803-777-6650 or emailing

 Posted July 31, 2018
Updated August 27

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