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Annual Health Care Benefits Open Enrollment Runs Through Oct. 11

Published: October 1, 2013

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 will be from Monday, Sept. 16, through Friday, Oct. 11.

The open enrollment fair will take place on Thursday, Oct. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. at Brotman Hall on the 3rd floor patio. Representatives from four new HMOs will be in attendance at this year’s fair, in addition to current medical, dental, vision and various voluntary benefits providers.

Because of CalPERS and other state restrictions, requests received after Oct. 11 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. The open enrollment period is also the time when employees can add dependent children under 26 years of age if they have not already done so.

Changes made during the open enrollment period become effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Please review your plans carefully as premium rates and co-payments are subject to change. The four new HMO plans this open enrollment period are Anthem Blue Cross (HMO), Health Net of California, Sharp Health Plan (San Diego County) and United Healthcare. If you did not receive information from CalPERS regarding open enrollment, information is available on the Benefits Services website.

As a reminder, a Social Security Number 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. You may also delete dependents during the open enrollment period.

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