ERSCActive Employees → 2019 Employee Benefits Open Enrollment

Employee Benefits Open Enrollment:
October 8–November 2, 2018

Employee Benefits Open Enrollment for the 2019 plan year began Monday, October 8. Open Enrollment is your chance to review your benefit options, enroll in benefits, make changes to your existing benefits, elect your 2019 flexible spending account(s) (FSAs), and attest to your and your spouse's 2018 tobacco-use status. All changes made during Open Enrollment are effective January 1, 2019.

Remember: If you will be covered by an MCPS-provided medical plan with CareFirst or Kaiser Permanente in 2019, you MUST attest online during Open Enrollment to whether or not you—and your spouse if you are married—will be tobacco free throughout 2018. 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 2018, you will pay a 25 percent surcharge on the total cost of your health insurance, effective January 1, 2019. 

Keep reading to learn more about your benefit options and for instructions on making changes to your benefits and attesting to your 2018 tobacco-use status.

Highlights for 2019

MetLife will be the life insurance vendor for MCPS employees, effective January 1, 2019. There are no changes to MCPS-offered medical, prescription, dental, or vision plans for 2019. 

Be sure to read the Open Enrollment Memorandum, which highlights important benefits information for 2019. Review Your Benefits at a Glance for 2019. Then, attend an Open Enrollment Benefits Fair (details below).

Learn More About Your 2019 Benefits

2019 Employee Benefit Summary
Contains a detailed summary of all benefits options effective January 1, 2019.

2019 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, 2019.

2019 Leave Health Plan Rates
Informs you of the cost of all health plans for employees currently on leave, effective January 1, 2019.

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 2020.

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.

Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
3:00–5:30 p.m. 

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

Monday, October 15, 2018
3:00–5:30 p.m. 

Carver Educational Services Center
Auditorium (North entrance)
850 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850 

Thursday, October 25, 2018
3:30–5:30 p.m. 

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

Thursday, November 1, 2018
3:00–5:30 p.m. 

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

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 2, 2018 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 2018 benefits.
  10. Follow the on-screen instructions to enroll in or make changes to your benefits and/or enroll in a FSA* for 2019.
  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 re-enroll annually. Enrollment in your 2019 FSA plan(s) is provided through the online Benefits Enrollment System, along with your other benefit options.

Attest to Your and Your Spouse's 2018 Tobacco-use Status

If you ARE making changes to your benefits and/or ARE enrolling in an FSA for 2019, do the following:

  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, select the statement that reflects your—and your covered spouse's if you are married—tobacco-use status throughout 2018.
  5. Read about any Wellness Initiatives credits you may receive.
  6. Click Continue.

If you ARE NOT making benefit changes to your benefits and ARE NOT enrolling in an FSA for 2019, do the following:  

  1. Visit the Employee Self-Service web page.
  2. Click on the Tobacco attestation link under the blue My Benefits banner.
  3. Click on Tobacco attestation for calendar year 2019 at the bottom of the Calendar Year 2019 column.
  4. Log in using your Outlook username and password.
  5. Select the statement that reflects your—and your covered spouse's if you are married—tobacco-use status throughout 2018.
  6. Read about any Wellness Initiatives credits you may receive.
  7. 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