Frequently Asked Questions About Open Enrollment
When is Open Enrollment?
October 10–November 4, 2022
When do the changes I make during Open Enrollment take effect?
January 1, 2023
Do I need to do anything if I am happy with my current benefits?
No. You do not need to do anything if you are satisfied with your benefits and do not wish to make any changes, enroll in a flexible spending account (FSA), or designate your life insurance beneficiary(ries).
Remember, if you wish to continue in an FSA, you must reenroll annually. Enrollment in your 2023 FSA plans is offered through the online Benefit Enrollment System (BES), along with your other benefit options.
If I completed a biometric health screening and health risk assessment for 2023 as a member of CareFirst, will I receive Wellness Initiatives credit in 2023 if I’m covered by Cigna?
Yes. If you complete your biometric health screening and health risk assessment by the October 7, 2022, deadline, you will receive credit for 2023 even though you no longer will be covered by CareFirst.
I am covered by a dental, vision, and/or prescription plan only. Can I participate in the Wellness Initiatives program?
You may complete a biometric health screening to learn more about your health, but you will not receive the 1 percent reduction in your contributions to these plans. Also, you will not be able to complete a health risk assessment because it is offered only through the medical plans. Only those employees who are covered by an MCPS-provided medical insurance plan when completing their biometric health screening and/or health risk assessment are eligible for the rate reductions provided through the Wellness Initiatives program.
How do I access the online BES to make changes to my benefits?
Visit the Employee Self-Service web page and click on the Open Enrollment link, found under the blue My Benefits banner. Log in using your Outlook username and password. Detailed instructions for using BES are available in this issue of For Your Benefit.
How will I know if the BES has captured my changes correctly?
While still logged in to the BES, you will be able to view and print a benefit confirmation statement. The statement will provide a summary of your 2023 benefit elections, including FSAs as well as any benefits you have declined. In addition, the statement will include a list of your life insurance beneficiary(ries). You also will receive confirmation in your MCPS Outlook email account.
How can I learn more about my MCPS employee benefits?
- Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs and Webinars
Learn more about your benefit options with representatives from ERSC and the benefit plan vendors at in-person Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs and Webinars. See the dates and times for the benefit fairs and webinars in this issue of For Your Benefit. Webinar access information is available on the Open Enrollment web page.
- Open Enrollment Virtual Assistance
ERSC will offer individual assistance virtually throughout Open Enrollment. Employees will be able to register for a 15-minute Zoom session with an ERSC representative. Please visit the Employee Open Enrollment web page for more information and instructions for signing up.
- For Your Benefit
This issue contains important information about making changes to your benefits, FSAs, and more.
- ERSC website
The ERSC website is always your best resource for employee benefits information. On our website, you will find—
- important Open Enrollment updates, including Open Enrollment dates, benefit fairs and webinars, benefits information, and more; and
- the 2023 Employee Benefit Summary, which includes information about all of your employee benefits.