CalPERS Health Open Enrollment takes place the fall of each year. This year, Open Enrollment starts September 21 and ends October 16, 2020. Changes made during this period take effect January 1, 2021. Here’s what you can do now to make sure you’re prepared.
Mark Key Dates on Your Calendar
Beginning August 3, the 2021 health plan premiums with plan codes and Open Enrollment information will be available on the CalPERS website. Mark your calendar to visit our Plans & Rates page at that time.
On September 14, log in to your myCalPERS account to view your Health Plan Statement, which lists your 2020 premium and 2021 premium should you remain with the same health plan, plus a wealth of other customized information. For members who’ve opted to receive printed Health Plan Statements, those will be mailed on September 14. Use the Search Health Plans tool in myCalPERS to explore available health plans based on your eligibility ZIP code, and review side-by-side benefit costs.
Find Out What’s New This Year
New Mobile-Friendly myCalPERS Opens Possibilities
According to a study we conducted, 86% of member respondents said they would like to perform transactions in myCalPERS using their mobile devices. To make that request a reality, myCalPERS is now mobile-friendly. That means you can explore Open Enrollment information on your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer.
If you haven’t already checked out the mobile-friendly myCalPERS, or if you need to set up an account, head to my.calpers.ca.gov.
Search for Primary Care Doctors and Specialists
Last year we added a new myCalPERS feature to allow members to search for a primary care doctor among Basic plans. This year you can search for specialists, too. In myCalPERS, use the Search Health Plans tool.
Medicare members will need to contact the plans directly, as they do today, to verify their doctor is included in their Medicare plan. Keep in mind that information shown in the tool is subject to change. Therefore, before making any plan changes, check with your health plan or your doctor’s office to ensure your doctor is available in your plan.
Save Time Completing Your Enrollment Form
We made it easier for members to make changes. When you use myCalPERS, the Health Benefits Plan Enrollment for Active Employees (HBD-12) (PDF) form will prepopulate as much information as possible.
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