Open Enrollment 2018How to Enroll - Instructions

Enrollment is now closed.

  1. Getting prepared before you Enroll
  2. Open Enrollment Eligibility
  3. How to Enroll Instructions

You can access the Online Benefits Enrollment portal to make open enrollment elections 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Wednesday November 1, 2017, through Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 5 p.m. Alaska Time.

During Open Enrollment you should:

  • Review the benefits you are enrolled in, including any changes in premiums or benefits. Decide if your choices are appropriate for you and your family in the upcoming year.
  • Use the online enrollment system to make any necessary changes to your benefits.
  • Complete new beneficiary forms to update your beneficiaries - while this can be done any time, it is a good idea to update your beneficiary information annually.

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Open Enrollment Eligibility

There are no pre-existing condition limitations for any of the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plans. Employees who belong to the following bargaining units or employee groups may participate in the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan.

  • Alaska Correctional Officers Association (ACOA)
  • Alaska Public Employees Association/Supervisory Unit (APEA)
  • Inlandboatman’s Union Representing the Unlicensed Marine Unit (IBU)
  • Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA)
  • Alaska Vocational Technical Center Teachers’ Association (AVTCTA)
  • Mount Edgecumbe Teachers Unit
  • Confidential Employees Association (APEA)
  • Employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement

If you do not belong to one of these groups, your health benefits may be offered through a union health trust. The union health trust may hold open enrollment at a different time than AlaskaCare.

  • Eligible employees

    If you are an active, full-time employee who is regularly scheduled to work 30 hours or more hours per week, you will be enrolled in the health plan unless you elect to waive coverage. If you waived coverage for yourself and/or your family in 2017, you will need to make a new election during open enrollment for the 2018 benefit year.

    If you are a part-time employee regularly scheduled to work at least 15 hours and less than 30 hours per week, you are eligible to participate in the AlaskaCare health plans, but must elect coverage. If you elected coverage in 2017, this coverage election will carry over to the new benefit year unless you make new elections during open enrollment.

  • Eligible dependents

    Dependents of eligible employees may be covered under the State’s benefit plans. Eligible dependents include your spouse, your children until they attain age 26, and your child age 26 and older who is permanently and totally disabled. Additional information is available in the AlaskaCare Employee Plan Booklet, under section 1.3.2.

    See Instructions for how to Enroll below.

Changing your coverage before Open Enrollment ends

You may change your mind about any benefit choices as long as you re-enroll in your final choices before the enrollment deadline. Reminder—each time you re-enroll, a new enrollment is processed. The previous enrollment will no longer exist. Make sure to re-select each of your elections.

Qualifying events

After open enrollment ends at 5:00 p.m. Alaska Time on November 22, 2017 you will not be able to make changes to your benefits. Make certain you have elected coverage that is the right fit for you and your eligible dependents.

After open enrollment, you can only make changes in conjunction with a qualified status change or other applicable event. Examples can include a change in your legal marital status or the birth of a child. For a complete list, see section 1.8.2 of the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan. You must make changes and report most qualifying status changes or other applicable events within 30 calendar days from the event. It is important you notify the plan of ineligible dependents even if it is beyond the 30-day period to minimize recovery of claims.

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Ready to Enroll? Follow these instructions for enrolling online:

  1. Log in to your myAlaska account:
    • Go to myRnB.alaska.gov. This is the myRnB portal.
    • On the right side of the page, choose Login using myAlaska. You will be directed to the myAlaska login page, where you will login using your myAlaska ID and password. This is the same ID and password you use to register for your PFD. After you login to myAlaska, you will be redirected back to myRnB.
    • On the myRnB page, under Self-Service Tools, select Online Benefits Enrollment.

  2. Review your dependents enrolled under the health plan. Click “Health Dependent Enrollment”.
    • Make sure all your eligible dependents are listed. If not, click Add Dependent, fill in the blanks, and click Save Changes.
    • If there are ineligible dependents listed, select the dependent from the list on the left side of the page. Click Edit, then Terminate Dependent.
    • If you have not yet provided the Social Security number (or other tax identification number) for each of your dependents that you have enrolled, please do so now. Select the dependent from the list on the left, then choose Addition of Missing SSN from the drop-down menu. Be sure to click Save Changes once you have added the information.
    • Once your review is complete, click Back to Benefits Enrollment at the top of the page.

  3. Check your elections and make new elections as needed.
    • Log in to the Online Benefit Enrollment system using the instructions listed above.
    • On the right side of the page, click Review Current Elections. Once you have reviewed them, click Back.
    • Make sure you have reviewed your dependents before making changes to any elections.
    • Under Change Reason, select Open Enrollment from the drop-down menu, then click Change Elections.
    • When prompted, confirm whether your position is eligible for voluntary benefits.
    • Use the drop-down menus to make new elections. Certify your eligibility, then press Continue.
    • Review these elections and the updated premiums, then either click Back to edit your elections, or Submit Elections to enroll.

You must re-enroll in the Health Flexible Spending Account (HFSA) if you intend to continue contributing to your HFSA in 2018.

For employees that chose to opt-out of coverage in 2017, please read:

  • If you chose to opt-out of the Medical plan in 2017, you will be defaulted to the Economy Employee Only plan or the Economy Employee and Family Plan (if you have active dependents listed).
  • If you chose to opt your family out of the Standard Medical Plan or Dental coverage in 2017, you must re-enroll in the opt-out plan for 2018. If you fail to re-enroll or make elections, you will be enrolled in the Standard Family Plan by default.
  • Likewise, if you chose to opt your family out of the Economy Medical Plan or Dental Coverage in 2017, you must re-enroll in the opt-out plan for 2018. If you fail to re-enroll or make other elections, you will be enrolled in the Economy Family Plan by default.
  • If you have dependents listed, but chose the Managed Care Employee Only Vision plan in 2017 and you would like to keep the same election for 2018: you must make a new election to opt your family out of the vision plan for 2018. If you fail to make a new election (opt-out again), you will be defaulted into the Managed Care Employee and Family plan for 2018.
  • If you elected not to have a Vision plan in 2017, you will be defaulted to no vision plan again for 2018.

This is a good time to consider updating your beneficiaries for all Retirement and Voluntary Supplemental Benefit accounts. Find beneficiary forms here.

Enrollments must be made online. If you experience technical difficulties while trying to enroll contact the Member Services Contact Center at:

Juneau: (907) 465-4460
Outside Juneau: (800) 821-2251
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Alaska Time)
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Alaska Time)
Email:

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