Employee Benefits Open Enrollment Ends Friday, Nov. 4
There are less than two weeks left to make changes to your benefits, enroll in a medical and/or dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) for 2017, and attest to your—and your spouse’s if you are married—2016 tobacco-use status during this year’s Employee Benefits Open Enrollment.
If you still need to submit your changes, find what you need in a hurry by visiting the Employee and Retiree Service Center’s Open Enrollment web page. This page provides you with links to all of the information you need to make changes (if you only need to attest and are NOT making benefit changes or enrolling in an FSA).
If you are happy with your current benefit choices and do not wish to enroll in a 2017 FSA, you do not need to log in to the Benefits Enrollment System. However, if you will be covered in 2017 by an MCPS-provided medical insurance plan with CareFirst, Cigna or Kaiser Permanente, you MUST attest to your—and your spouse’s, if you are married—2016 tobacco-use status during Open Enrollment. You must attest even if you are not making any changes to your employee benefits. You will pay a 3 percent surcharge on the total cost of your health insurance under the following two circumstances:
- If you do NOT attest for you and your spouse’s tobacco-use status; or
- You attest to one or both of you NOT being tobacco free throughout 2016.
Don’t forget! Enroll in your 2017 medical and/or dependent care FSA by Friday, Nov. 4. You will receive confirmation of your new elections within minutes. Even if you are enrolled in an FSA for 2016, you must re-enroll for 2017 if you wish to continue your participation. Remember: MCPS will deposit an additional $100 to your Medical FSA when you contribute at least $100.
Some tips on submitting benefits changes during the final weeks of Open Enrollment
The Benefits Enrollment System is expected to experience very heavy volume in the final days of Open Enrollment. If you wait until then, you may experience a slower connection. Plan accordingly—and log in to the new system this week.
Please do not submit paper enrollment form(s). They will NOT be accepted.
What happens after I submit my changes?
You will receive a benefits confirmation statement of your changes while still logged in to the system. You also will receive confirmation in your MCPS Outlook email account.
All changes submitted during Open Enrollment will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017.