(This article was first reported in the November 2017, Local Newsletter)
Written by: Byron Cowley Director of Human Relations of APWU, SJAL #0526
It is that time of year again! It is time to evaluate your current Health Care needs or to sign up for Health Care. Open Season, for 2018, begins on November 13th and concludes on December 11th. Please take the time to evaluate your needs as well as your family needs at this time. This is the opportunity to make any changes to the coverage you currently have. This opportunity only comes along once a year.
What Is Open Season?
It’s the annual period when you can enroll, or if already enrolled, make changes to your benefits enrollment. Unless you have a Qualifying Life Event (QLE) during the remainder of the year, this is your once-a-year opportunity to make any changes to your benefits. During Open Season, you can make changes to benefits for the following programs:
Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program
Although this event is primarily for Health Care, it is also the opportunity to sign up for the VSP Vision Plan (eye exams, glasses and contacts). Dental Plans are also available depending upon your individual needs. The Health Fair is held in order to help you make an informed decision
about you and your family’s health coverage.
Also, sometime in November, the VA is supposed to come up with a National Veteran ID card for Veterans who request one. Stay tuned for information to follow.