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2018 Employee Benefits Open Enrollment:
October 9–November 3, 2017

Open Enrollment began Monday, October 9 and is being held entirely online. Open Enrollment is your chance to review your benefit options, enroll in benefits, make changes to your existing benefits, elect your 2018 flexible spending account(s) (FSAs), and make your 2017 tobacco-use attestations. All changes made during Open Enrollment are effective January 1, 2018.

Remember: If you will be covered by an MCPS-provided medical plan with CareFirst or Kaiser Permanente in 2018, you MUST attest during Open Enrollment to whether or not you—and your spouse if you are married—will be tobacco free throughout 2017. You must attest even if you do not intend to make any changes to your benefits or enroll in an FSA. If you do not attest for both you and your spouse, or attest to one or both of you NOT being tobacco free throughout 2017, you will pay a 25 percent surcharge on the total cost of your health insurance, effective January 1, 2018. 

Keep reading to learn more about your benefit options and for instructions on making changes to your benefits and attesting to your 2017 tobacco-use status.

Learn About Upcoming Changes to Your Benefits

Be sure to read the Open Enrollment Memorandum, which highlights important benefits information for 2018. Then, attend an Open Enrollment Benefits Fair (details below):

Open Enrollment Benefits Fair

Representatives from the MCPS-provided health plans and the Employee and Retiree Service Center (ERSC) will be available to present benefits information and answer your questions.

Date/Time Locations

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
3:00–5:30 p.m.

Sherwood High School
Cafeteria
300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
3:00–5:30 p.m.

John F. Kennedy High School
Cafeteria
1901 Randolph Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902

Friday, October 20, 2017
3:00–5:30 p.m.

Carver Educational Services Center
Auditorium
850 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
3:00–5:30 p.m.

Northwest High School
Cafeteria
13501 Richter Farm Road
Germantown, MD 20874

Monday, October 30, 2017
3:00–5:30 p.m.

Carver Educational Services Center
Auditorium
850 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

Learn More About Your 2018 Benefits

2018 Employee Benefit Summary
Contains a detailed summary of all benefits options effective January 1, 2018.

2018 Health Plan Rates
Informs you of the monthly cost to employees of all health plans, factoring in Wellness Initiatives credits or charges, effective January 1, 2018.

2018 Leave Health Plan Rates
Informs you of the cost of all health plans for employees currently on leave, effective January 1, 2018.

Wellness Initiatives
The Wellness Initiatives program provides incentives to help you reduce your health insurance costs. This link takes you to a page with information about the program so you will be ready to take advantage of the rate reductions for 2019.

Flexible Spending Accounts 
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) help you save money on medical expenses and dependent care. This link takes you to a page with information and links to help you learn more about FSAs.

Take Action!

Enroll in Benefits or Make Changes to Your Benefits

Follow these easy steps to enroll in or make changes to your employee benefits by the November 3, 2017 deadline:

  1. Visit the Employee Self-Service web page.
  2. Click on the Open Enrollment link.
  3. Log in to the Benefits Enrollment System using your Outlook username and password.
  4. Read the welcome message.
  5. Sign the online affidavit.
  6. Attest to your—and your spouse's if you are married—tobacco-use status. (See detailed instructions below.)
  7. Read all of the information below your attestation.
  8. Review information about your dependents and make any needed updates.
  9. Review your 2017 benefits.
  10. Follow the on-screen instructions to enroll in or make changes to your benefits and/or enroll in a FSA* for 2018.
  11. View and print your benefit confirmation statement while still logged in to the Benefits Enrollment System or look for confirmation in your MCPS Outlook e-mail account.

* Remember, if you wish to continue in a flexible spending account (FSA), you must reenroll annually. Enrollment in your 2018 FSA plan(s) is provided through the online Benefits Enrollment System, along with your other benefit options.

Attest to Your and Your Spouse's 2017 Tobacco-use Status

If you are making changes to your benefits—

  1. visit the Employee Self-Service web page;
  2. click on the Open Enrollment link under the blue My Benefits banner;
  3. log in using your Outlook username and password;
  4. when you reach the Tobacco Attestation screen, answer the question about your—and your spouse's if you are married—tobacco-use status for 2017;
  5. read about any Wellness Initiatives credits you may receive; and
  6. click Continue.

If you are NOT making benefit changes to your benefits—  

  1. visit the Employee Self-Service web page,
  2. click on the Tobacco attestation link under the blue My Benefits banner,
  3. log in using your Outlook username and password,
  4. answer the question pertaining to your—and your spouse's if you are married—tobacco-use status in 2017,
  5. read about any Wellness Initiatives credits you may receive, and
  6. click Submit.

Have Questions?

ERSC staff is available to answer your questions:

  • M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. via e-mail
  • M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. by telephone at 301-517-8100

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