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2019 Employee Benefits 

Employee Benefits Open Enrollment ended Friday, November 2, 2018. All changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2019. Scroll down for links to 2019 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 e-mail in your MCPS Outlook account.

You received e-mailed confirmation of your 2018 tobacco-use attestation in your Outlook account. You also can confirm your tobacco-use status by visiting the Employee Self-Service (ESS) web page. From the ESS web page—

  • click on the My current benefits link, 
  • read the information provided and click on Log in to My current benefits at the bottom of the screen,
  • log in with your Outlook username and password, 
  • change the effective date in the upper left corner of the screen to a date in 2019, and 
  • review your tobacco-use status in the upper right corner.

If you completed a biometric health screening and/or health risk assessment between October 9, 2017 and October 5, 2018 and did NOT see the credit(s) indicated on the Tobacco Attestation screen during Open Enrollment, you can confirm that your Wellness Initiatives participation has been credited to you by visiting the ESS web page and following the steps above. Your Wellness Initiatives credits will be indicated by a "Y" if they have been updated for 2019.

If, by December 1, 2018, your credit(s) have not been entered, please e-mail 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 2020, you will need to complete a biometric health screening and health risk assessment between October 8, 2018 and October 4, 2019

Learn 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 biweekly cost to employees of all health plans, factoring in Wellness Initiatives credits or charges, effective January 1, 2019.

2019 COBRA Health Plan Rates
Informs you of the monthly and annual costs to employees of all health plans under COBRA, effective January 1, 2019.

2019 Leave Health Plan Rates
Informs you of the monthly and annual costs 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: Save Money on Healthcare and Dependent Care!—This online booklet, effective January 1, 2019, 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.