Steps to a Successful 2014 Open Enrollment


To make sure you have the best insurance coverage for you and your family, it’s a good idea to reassess your State Group benefit options once a year. Open Enrollment allows eligible[1] state employees to evaluate their insurance options without the stipulation of a qualifying status change event. This year’s Open Enrollment period begins Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. and ends Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Follow these easy steps to get the most out of Open Enrollment:


1. Ask yourself the following questions:

• Has my family situation changed (added dependents, moved, etc.)?

• Do I expect any additional health care costs this year?

• Is my health care provider still in my network?

2. Receive your Open Enrollment packet by mid-October and review your personalized benefits statement carefully.

3. Go to to research your options and find out if you and your dependents are eligible for coverage. Visit the insurance companies’ websites to see their provider directories to be sure the plan you want has more than one provider you like.

4. Call or visit Human Resources (building 1, room 1101) or make your changes online in the People First system. Select the right coverage level (individual or family, employee or employee plus spouse, etc.) and check the box next to the name of any eligible dependent you wish to cover. Remember to select the green Complete Enrollment button and enter your People First password when you are ready to save changes.

5. Review your confirmation statement to make sure all of your changes are correct.


You can change your benefits as many times as you want before the Nov. 8 deadline. If you do not make any changes during Open Enrollment, the benefits shown on your Benefits Statement will remain in effect for all of 2014 unless you make changes allowed by a qualifying status change event.


Should you have any questions or need additional information about eligibility or how to enroll, please contact Human Resources at (904) 620-2903.

[1] OPS/variable hour employees must meet specific eligibility requirements and will receive an Open Enrollment package in the mail if they are determined to be eligible for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014.