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Employee Benefits Open Enrollment

Employee Benefits Open Enrollment ended at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020. All changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2021. Scroll down for links to 2021 benefits information.

If you made a change to your benefits online during Open Enrollment, you received confirmation of your changes while still logged in to the Benefits Enrollment System. In addition, you should have received a confirmation email in your MCPS Outlook account.

You can confirm your Wellness Initiatives participation status by visiting the Employee Self-Service (ESS) web page. From the ESS web page— 

  1. Click on My current benefits,
  2. Read the information provided and click on Log in to My current benefits at the bottom of the screen,
  3. Log in with your Outlook username and password,
  4. Change the effective date in the upper left corner of the screen to a date in 2021, and
  5. Review your Wellness Initiatives participation status in the upper right corner. The letter "Y" next to biometric health screening and/or health risk assessment will indicate the item has been updated for 2021.

If you completed a biometric health screening (or alternative biometrics training on Professional Development Online) and/or a health risk assessment between October 7, 2019 and October 9, 2020 and do NOT see the credit(s) indicated on the My current benefits screen by December 31, 2020, please email ERSC the following: 

  • Your name and employee ID number
  • The dates you completed your biometric health screening and/or health risk assessment
  • Whether your screening was conducted by your primary care physician or at a Well Aware health screening

Remember, to receive the rate reduction(s) in 2022, you will need to complete a biometric health screening and health risk assessment between October 12, 2020 and October 8, 2021.

Learn About Your 2021 Benefits

2021 Employee Benefit Summary
Contains a detailed summary of all benefits options effective January 1, 2021.

2021 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, 2021.

2021 Leave Health Plan Rates
Informs you of the cost of all health plans for employees currently on leave, effective January 1, 2021.

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 2022.

Flexible Spending Accounts: Save Money on Healthcare and Dependent Care!—This online booklet, effective January 1, 2021, contains additional details about FSAs, including the types of expenses for which you can receive reimbursement from an FSA, deadlines for submitting expenses, and the IRS "use it or lose it" rule.