Employee Benefits Open Enrollment to Be Held Entirely Online
Beginning this year, Open Enrollment will be held entirely online. Keep reading so you will know where to find your Open Enrollment information and when you will receive instructions for making changes to your benefits and attesting to your tobacco-use status in 2015.
Open Enrollment is your chance to research your health plan options and make any necessary changes. It also is your chance to make your tobacco-use attestation for 2015.
What to Expect
- If you are a benefits-eligible employee, you will receive Open Enrollment information and instructions in your MCPS Outlook email account on Friday, Oct. 9. The email will include a link to the new Employee Self-Service (ESS) web page—which you will need to access the online Benefits Enrollment System and make your tobacco-use attestation—the 2016 Employee Benefit Summary, the Open Enrollment memorandum, and more.
- There will be no paper forms to complete this year. Enrolling in benefits or making changes will be conducted entirely online using the Benefits Enrollment System.
- Tobacco-use attestations also will be done online.
- If you choose to enroll in a 2016 flexible spending account during Open Enrollment, you will do so using the Benefits Enrollment System.
- You will be able to view and print confirmation of your benefit changes from the Benefits Enrollment System. You also will receive confirmation in your MCPS Outlook email account.
- Details regarding Open Enrollment and 2016 MCPS employee benefits will be available on the Open Enrollment web page beginning Friday, Oct. 9.
New for 2016
- If you will be covered by a CareFirst, Cigna or Kaiser Permanente medical plan in 2016, during Open Enrollment you must attest to whether or not you will have been tobacco-free for 12 months as of January 1, 2016. This is true even if you will not be making changes to your benefits. If you do not attest, or attest to NOT being tobacco free throughout the 12 months prior to January 1, 2016, you will pay a 3 percent surcharge on the total cost of your health insurance.
- CareFirst will offer the Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) dental plan. The PPO plan will not change, only the vendor administering it. If you are currently enrolled in the Aetna PPO plan, your enrollment will default to the same plan option with CareFirst unless you select the Aetna Dental Maintenance Organization (DMO) plan.
- Davis Vision (provided through CareFirst) will offer the vision plan. The vision plan will not change, only the vendor administering it. If you are currently enrolled in the National Vision Administrators (NVA) plan, your enrollment will default to the same plan option with Davis Vision.
- Benefit Strategies will administer both dependent care and medical flexible spending accounts (FSAs). For 2016, the amount you can set aside for qualified medical expenses will increase to $2,550.
- A new diabetes program. Enroll in your health plan’s diabetes case management program to have your copayments for diabetic supplies (not medications) waived.
- A new rate structure. Your 2016 benefit rates will be based on the benefit plan(s) you elect and, as a result of the Wellness Initiatives program, on whether or not you:
- complete a biometric health screening between October 13, 2014 and October 9, 2015;
- complete your medical plan’s online health risk assessment between October 13, 2014, and October 9, 2015;
- use tobacco in 2015;
- make your tobacco-use attestation during the fall 2015 Open Enrollment.
Be Prepared for Open Enrollment
Take these simple steps to make sure you are ready for this year’s Employee Benefits Open Enrollment.
- Make sure you can access your MCPS Outlook email account. Need help? Visit myID or contact the MCPS Help Desk.
- Check your MCPS employee Outlook email on Friday, Oct. 9, for Open Enrollment information and instructions from the Employee and Retiree Service Center (ERSC).
- Stay in touch with ERSC for Open Enrollment news. Follow ERSC on Twitter and visit them online.