Now is your opportunity to review your current health insurance plan and to change your health insurance plan if you wish. Please make sure to review your current plan to ensure that it will still fit you/your family's needs, even if you do not plan to make a change. Please keep in mind that once you choose a health plan, you cannot change plans during the year, unless you move out of the plan’s service area or you are retiring and are eligible for Medicare. If your doctor or hospital leaves your health plan network, you must find a new participating provider in your chosen plan.
Visit the GIC State Employee Benefit Decision Guide to review your health insurance plan options. On the GIC Open Enrollment website you can also view the GIC Benefit Decision Guide and request any forms needed to complete for open enrollment (e.g. GIC Form-1 and GIC Health Insurance Buyout Form). Request the forms by clicking on the "Enroll Online" link.
Be sure to submit any change forms to the GIC by Wednesday, May 5, 2021. If you are adding a spouse to your health insurance, you must submit a copy of your marriage certificate. If you are adding a child to your health insurance, you must submit a copy of the child's birth certificate.
If you are not making any changes to your health insurance plan, no action is required.
All changes are effective July 1, 2021.
Health Insurance Buy-Out Program
During this year's Open Enrollment, if you are insured with GIC for health coverage from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 and you have access to a non-GIC employer-sponsored plan that meets minimal essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may participate in the Buy-Out Program.
The benefit is for 12 taxable monthly payments equal to 25% of the July 1, 2021 full-cost premium based on the health plan and coverage level (individual or family) in effect on January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021. If you enroll and are accepted for the buy-out, it is effective July 1, 2021 and you will receive the monthly reimbursement in your paycheck starting in August 2021. You will be required to maintain Basic Life Insurance.
The Buy-Out Program Participation Form must be completed for you to apply for the program. The chart indicating the net refund for the Buy-Out benefit is available on the GIC website. The GIC must receive your Buy-Out form by Wednesday May 5, 2021. Any buy-out forms received after that date will be denied. You may access the GIC Buy-Out form by going to the GIC Open Enrollment website and clicking on "Enroll Online" to request the Buy-Out form.
Be sure to submit any change forms to the GIC by Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
Life Insurance and LTD Updates
Effective July 1, 2021, MetLife will be the new vendor for the basic and optional life insurance and the LTD benefits through the GIC. With this change in vendor, premiums for these benefits will decrease.
You may also apply for the reduced non-smoker status rate for your optional life insurance if you have been tobacco-free for at least 12 months (have not smoked cigarettes, cigars, or a pipe, nor used snuff, chewing tobacco or a nicotine delivery system). The reduced optional life insurance rate will be effective July 1, 2021. To update to non-smoker status, go to the GIC Open Enrollment website and click on the "Enroll Today" link to request the GIC Form-1.
If you are currently enrolled in life insurance and/or LTD benefits, they will automatically transfer to the new carrier, No action is required.
Be sure to submit any enrollment/change form to the GIC by Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Now is also the time to enroll in or re-enroll in the flexible spending accounts (health care spending account and/or dependent care assistance program). Please remember that you must take action if you wish to participate in the flexible spending accounts in FY22.
- Current enrollees may re-enroll with Benefit Strategies online by going to the Current Enrollees Benefit Strategies Website.
- New enrollees may enroll with Benefits Strategies online by going to the New Enrollees Benefit Strategies Website. On this link you may also view the FSA 101 Webinar at your convenience.
Please be sure to complete your online enrollment by Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership Discount
During this open enrollment, we are also offering the discount on BJ’s membership. This offering will begin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and continue through Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The BJ's flyer and membership form are attached.
If you wish to apply for membership or renew your current membership at the discounted rate, please complete the membership form attached and email or mail it to Katie Temple in Human Resources.
The new members only offer is:
- $25/12 months for the basic membership (normally $55/12 months)
- $50/12 months for the rewards membership (normally $110/12 months)
The renewing members offer is:
- $40/13 months for the basic membership (normally $55/12 months)
- $80/13 months for the rewards membership (normally $110/12 months)
Be sure to submit your membership form to Katie Temple by Wednesday, April 21, 2021.