Open Enrollment for benefits

Friday, September 16, 2016

Open enrollment for benefits will start Sept. 12 and end Oct. 7, 2016. During open enrollment, eligible faculty and staff may:

  • Change health and/or dental plans.
  • Add eligible dependents to new or existing health and/or dental plans.
  • Renew or enroll in flexible spending programs.
  • Update their Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or Dependent Care Reimbursement (DCRA); currently enrolled employees MUST submit new enrollment forms for HCRA/DCRA during open enrollment to continue deductions for 2017.

Important note: Blue Shield NetValue (HMO) will not be offered in 2017. Current enrollees will be automatically moved into the Blue Shield Access+ health plan if they do not make a change during open enrollment. Most providers currently participating in Blue Shield NetValue also participate in the Blue Shield Access+ health plan. This change in plans will affect the amount employees pay for their insurance.

Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan's Evidence of Coverage (EDC) publication for a complete explanation of the benefits covered, as well as limitations and exclusions that may apply, before deciding to retain their existing plan or make a change. Eligible employees should receive a CalPERS open enrollment brochure in the mail soon. The brochure may also be downloaded from the CalPERS website once available on Sept. 12.

For more information please see the Open Enrollment Resources page.