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Health Open Enrollment Ends Oct. 7

Published: September 19, 2016

The open enrollment period for any changes to health or dental benefits, flexcash, certain voluntary benefits and enrollment/re-enrollment in the Dependent Care and Health Care Reimbursement Account plans runs through Friday, Oct. 7.

The open enrollment fair will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. at Brotman Hall on the third floor patio. On hand will be representatives from current medical, dental, vision and various voluntary benefits providers.

Because of CalPERS and other state restrictions, requests received after Oct. 7 will not be accepted. It’s important to note that the Dependent and Health Care Reimbursement Account plans require re-enrollment every year, even if an employee wishes to continue the same contribution amount. Current participants must complete a new enrollment form annually. The open enrollment period is also the time when employees can add/delete dependents.

Changes made during the open enrollment period become effective Jan. 1.

One of the major changes during open enrollment is the Blue Shield NetValue HMO plan will no longer be available in 2017. If you do not select a new plan to change to, then you will be administratively enrolled in the Blue Shield Access Plus plan that has a higher monthly premium. Please review your plans carefully as premium rates and co-payments are subject to change. If you did not receive information from CalPERS regarding open enrollment in the mail, that information is now available through their MyCalPERS system. Open enrollment information is available on the Benefits Services website.

As a reminder, a Social Security number and proof of the dependent is required for any individual enrolled in a CalPERS health plan, CSU dental and/or vision plan as the dependent of a benefits eligible employee. This policy is applicable to new hires and existing employees. If an employee selects coverage for his/her dependent(s) during open enrollment and does not provide a valid Social Security number for the dependent(s), the open enrollment request will not be processed until proper documentation is provided. If the dependent is deemed ineligible to qualify for a Social Security number, the employee must provide documentation of this information.

For more information on open enrollment and available benefit plans, visit the Benefit Services website or e-mail Benefits Services.