Open Enrollment: May 2022
Plan Year: July 1-June 30
WCPS is pleased to continue offering you a comprehensive and affordable health care package. Your Health Care Committee, comprised of A&S, WCESP, WCTA, and WCPS members, works diligently reviewing plans and programs, to recommend improvements while keeping premiums at a minimal cost.
Open Enrollment is a time when you may make any change your benefit elections. Outside of this time, you can only make a change to benefit elections after experiencing a Qualifying Event.
Compliance with Section 125 of the IRS code requires WCPS to follow specific rules regarding timeframes for changes in enrollment.
Annual Open Enrollment
Annual Open Enrollment gives you the opportunity to review available benefit plan options and make any changes for the following plan year. Changes can be made to medical/ prescription, dental, and vision. Any change you make stay in place for the entire plan year if you pay premiums and remain eligible.
Coverage elections made at Open Enrollment cannot be changed until the next annual Open Enrollment period. The only exception to this IRS Section 125 Rule is if you experience a “Qualifying Event.” A Qualifying Event allows you to make a change to your benefit elections within 31 days of the event. Examples of Qualifying Events include, but are not limited to:
- Birth, adoption, or legal custody of a dependent child
- Involuntary loss of other group insurance coverage
To Report A Qualifying Event
Log into ESS/Benefits and ‘Report a Life Event’, link in the top right corner. We will contact you when you’re able to change your elections. Submit all required documents to the Benefits Office within 31 days of the event.