Open Enrollment 2018
Open Enrollment: November 6 - 17 (by 3:30)
Open Enrollment Meetings
Monday Nov 13th 8:00 AM Pankalo Education Center - Gym East Monday Nov 13th 2:00 PM Capitol View Center Building EAs ONLY - Auditorium Monday Nov 13th 2:30 PM Capitol View Center Other Building Staff ONLY - Auditorium Tuesday Nov 14th 8:00 AM Karner Blue Education Center - Gym Tuesday Nov 14th 2:20 PM Career and Tech Center - Room #E2223 Wed Nov 15th 2:30 PM South Campus - Gym
All benefit eligible employees are invited to attend any meeting, with the exception of CV meetings which are for building staff only due to limited parking during construction.
This Page Includes:
Preparing for Open Enrollment
- Do I Need to Take Action?
- How to Enroll
- Help with Open Enrollment
June 2018 Retiree Information
- Member ID Cards
- Annual Notices
- Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Eligibility
FORMS - Due by 3:30 pm on Friday, November 17
Benefit Premium Sheets – Includes New Rates!
What Is Open Enrollment?
Open Enrollment is the period of time each plan year when eligible employees can enroll and/or make changes to their enrollment in our medical and dental plans which are effective January 1, 2018. Northeast Metro 916's Open Enrollment will run November 6 – 17.
Open Enrollment is generally the only time of year that you can change your benefit options, unless you have a qualifying event.
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What's New in 2018?
A few things have changed in your Open Enrollment options from last year:
- No changes to medical and dental plan design
- No change in dental premiums
- Change in medical plan premiums with an aggregate increase of 5%
- 121 Benefits is the new administrator for the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Reimbursement Account (HRA/VEBA)
- Maximum annual contribution for Medical FSA has increased to $2,650.
- Effective the 2018 plan year, unused Medical FSA amounts between $50 and $500 will rollover to the next plan year, but unused rollover dollars less than $50.00 will be forfeited.
1. Review your current plan enrollment (attached to the email).
2. Review your Benefit Premiums Sheets and all your benefits options.
3. Consider enrolling or re-enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for the 2018 plan year.
4. Attend an open enrollment meeting.
5. Review the Annual Notices.
Do I Need to Take Action?
That depends on whether or not you want to change any of your benefits or enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA):
I do NOT want to change my benefits or enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
You won't need to do anything if you like your current health care benefits and don't want to make changes and you don't want to enroll in a FSA.
I want to make changes to my benefits or enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
During Open Enrollment you can change benefits plans or options. For example, you can:
- Choose a different medical plan ($250 -35, $1000 or $2500 Deductible plans)
- Enroll in a medical and/or dental plan if previously waived coverage.
- Add or cancel coverage for your spouse or dependent children (provided employee is enrolled)
- Add or renew a Flexible Spending Account, so you can use pre-tax dollars for health care or dependent daycare expenses. FSA's need to be renewed every year.
- Request to enroll or make changes to supplemental and/or dependent/spouse supplemental life insurance
How to Enroll
1. Complete Open Enrollment Form(s) (see FORMS below) to newly enroll or make medical and/or dental plan changes.
2. Send your Open Enrollment Form(s) to HR by Friday, November 17 at 3:30 pm.
Help with Open Enrollment
Contact Sandi Sierakowski at email@example.com or 651.415.5654.
June 2018 Retiree Information
If you are thinking about retiring in 2018, it's important that you are enrolled in the medical and/or dental plan that you would want to continue after retirement. Retirement is not a family status change that allows you to change from single to family coverage or change plans. Under MN statute, as a retiree of a public entity, you are allowed continuation beyond the 18-month COBRA continuation law until you are eligible and enroll in Medicare at the age of 65, but you can only continue your dependents that were covered on the day before your employment ended.
Member ID Cards
Generally, employees only receive new Member ID cards if newly enrolling or changing medical plans. However, this year only, HealthPartners is issuing new ID cards to all enrolled members, mailed to your home address. Your Member ID card will be made of a more durable material and should be retained at the end of each plan year. All FSA and/or VEBA participants will receive new debit cards and a welcome packet from 121 Benefits.
We are required to provide a Medicare Creditable Coverage Notice to any Medicare-eligible members enrolled or seeking enrollment on our medical plans. We are required to provide the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program notice to you on an annual basis. This notice provides information about premium assistance if you cannot afford your premiums under the District's health plans. We are required to provide the Women's Cancer Notice to you on an annual basis. This notice outlines your coverage required by federal law in the event of a mastectomy. If you would like to have a copy of any of these annual notices, please contact Sandi Sierakowski firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-415-5654.
Federal Public Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
Minnesota Statutes Section 136A.1792, covers promotion of federal public service loan forgiveness programs. Please be aware that you may be eligible for federal public service loan forgiveness of the remaining balance due on certain federal student loans after you have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full-time by certain public service employers. For detailed information including how to monitor your progress toward qualifying for PSLF, read the PSLF Questions and Answers documents atStudentAid.gov/publicservice or contact your federal loan servicer
Benefit Premium Sheets - 2018
- Administrative Support Local 284
- Classified Confidential
- Education Assistants Local 2343
- Education Assistants (20-30 hours per week) Local 2343
- Managers/Assistant Managers
- Operating Engineers Local 70
- Teachers Local 3748
- Teacher Prorated (.5 to .7 FTE) Local 3748
Completed a Health Assessment & Well-Being program
Did NOT complete a Health Assessment & Well-Being program
- $250 - 55 Deductible with higher copay plan summary
- $1,250 Deductible with higher deductible plan summary
- $2,750 Deductible with higher deductible plan summary
For additional information regarding benefits and premiums, visit the Human Resources Benefits page.
Contact: Sandi Sierakowski, Human Resources Specialist | Phone: 651-415-5654 | Email: email@example.com.