Annual Enrollment for 2021 Benefits begins Oct. 1

Category: Announcements

Each year, annual enrollment is your chance to choose benefits or make benefit changes that will be effective Jan. 1. The annual enrollment period for calendar year 2021 coverage is from Oct. 1 – Oct. 16. Even if you do not make changes during the annual enrollment period, it is good to review your enrollment selections each year during this time. If you are happy with your current selections, you do not have to do anything. (Note: The Internal Revenue Service requires employees to re-enroll each year in a flexible benefits plan if desired. This is done separately).

Enrollments, changes, cancellations and review of current insurance selections are made in the State’s Edison system. This year, UT employees can use a link in the IRIS portal to sign into the Edison system without having to remember your Edison ID and password. You can sign into the IRIS portal using your UT credentials and then click on the ‘Edison‘ folder on the top right area of the browser.

Edison navigation in IRIS portal next to Shop and Other

After clicking on this, you will need to accept the State’s acceptable use policy before being directed into Edison. Once in Edison, please use the Higher Ed, Local Ed & Local Gov Employee Self Service (ESS) Instructions for help in navigating the site.

The State of Tennessee’s Annual Enrollment Newsletter gives you important information about your choices for benefit offerings. Information and videos can also be found on the Partners for Health website.

If you have questions about insurance offerings, please email If you have questions about the IRIS portal, please contact