How to Enroll - InstructionsOpen Enrollment for 2021

Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2021 is now closed.
Elections made during the open enrollment period
will go into effect January 1, 2021

AlaskaCare Benefits
Voluntary Benefits
Enrollment Guide

  1. Getting Prepared Before You Enroll
  2. Open Enrollment Eligibility
  3. Enrollment Instructions
  4. Opting Out of Coverage in 2021

You can access the Online Benefits Enrollment portal to make open enrollment elections 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Wednesday November 4, 2020, through Wednesday November 25, 2020 at 5 p.m. Alaska Time.

Getting Prepared Before You Enroll

  • Review your options, including any changes in premiums or benefits. Think about what options will work best for you and your family in the upcoming year.
  • Review your dependents to ensure your dependent information is still accurate.
  • Use the Alaskacare online enrollment system to make any necessary changes to your benefits.
  • Use the BenefitFocus online enrollment system to make any necessary changes to your benefits.
  • If you do not take action and make enrollment elections during Open Enrollment for the medical, dental, or vision plan, your current elections will roll over to the 2021 plan year.
  • If you chose to opt-opt of the medical plan, or you enrolled in a Health Flexible Spending Account (HFSA) in 2020, your 2020 elections will not roll over.

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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 (opt-out). If you waived any coverage for yourself and/or your family in 2020, you will need to make a new election during open enrollment for the 2021 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 2020, 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.

Enrollment Instructions

Ready to Enroll? Follow these instructions for enrolling online for your AlaskaCare health elections:

  1. Log in to your myAlaska account:
    • Go to 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.

    • If this is your first time logging on to myRnB, you may need to verify your last name, date of birth, and the last 4 digits of your SSN, then click on Next.

    • On the myRnB page, under Self-Service Tools, select AlaskaCare Health 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 dependents are enrolled, click on the Print and Sign Verification button to open the signature verification form in a PDF document and print the verification form.

    • Once the form is signed and dated, you may fax, mail, or email it to the Division per the information on the form. The dependent enrollment is not complete until the Division receives and processes your verification form.

    • 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.
    • Under Change Reason, select Open Enrollment from the drop-down menu, then click Change Elections.

    • Use the drop-down menus to make new elections. Certify your eligibility, then press Continue.

  4. Review these elections and the updated premiums.
    • Click Back to edit your elections, or Submit Elections to enroll.

    • Click Submit Elections to finalize your enrollment.

    • Print the confirmation page for your records.

You are all set for your health elections for 2021!

You must re-enroll in the Health Flexible Spending Account (HFSA) if you intend to continue contributing to your HFSA in 2021.

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)

  • 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 and print your confirmation page for your records.

  • Qualifying Events
    After open enrollment ends at 5:00 p.m. Alaska Time on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 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.

Outside of 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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Opting Out of Coverage in 2021

If you are an AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan covered employee with other medical coverage, you may elect to opt-out, or waive, coverage for yourself and your family for one or more of the medical, dental, and vision plans offered through AlaskaCare. You may also elect employee-only coverage while opting-out of coverage for your family from one or more of the AlaskaCare benefits. Example: You can choose Employee Only economy medical, and Employee and Family Standard Dental.

Coverage that matches what you need.

This change gives you the broadest choice of options to best suit your family’s needs. But take caution when considering your elections. The option to opt-out of AlaskaCare medical coverage is only available if you or your family maintains coverage under another medical plan. There are financial and tax consequences if you opt-out and do not have other medical coverage. These restrictions do not apply to the dental or vision plans.

The decision to opt-out is irrevocable for the benefit year (January 1 through December 31)!

Think Twice! An opt-out election cannot be changed mid benefit year unless you have a qualified status change (such as your spouse has an employment change and is no longer eligible for medical coverage). Before opting out, make sure you understand your other health coverage benefits to ensure you are not surprised by unanticipated costs. Will you be adequately covered under your other health insurance in the event of an unforeseen event? Make sure you can answer yes, before making a decision to opt-out of AlaskaCare.

You are required to have health insurance. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) require most individuals to obtain and maintain medical plan coverage that meets the minimum essential coverage requirements. (The AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan meets the minimum essential coverage requirements.) Failure to maintain minimum essential coverage for yourself and your family may result in you or your dependents being subject to penalties on your federal income taxes. For more information on the requirements and potential penalties, visit

Additional information on qualified status change events that would allow you to opt-out or rescind an opt-out election during the benefit year can be found in the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan booklet.

Opting Out is a two-step process:
  1. Go online to to make your elections/opt-out.
  2. Complete and sign this Opt-Out form [PDF], then scan and email it to or fax it to (907) 465-3086
  • If you chose to opt-out of the Medical plan in 2020, and do not complete the opt-out process for 2021, 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 fail to re-enroll or make elections during open enrollment, you will be defaulted in the Standard Employee and Family Plan or Standard Employee Dental plan.

  • Likewise, if you chose to opt your family out of the Economy Medical plan and/or Dental plan in 2020, you must re-enroll in the opt-out plan for 2021.

  • Again, if you chose to opt your family out of the Consumer Choice Medical plan in 2020, you must re-enroll in the opt-out plan for 2021. If you fail to re-enroll or make other elections during open enrollment, you will be enrolled in the Consumer Choice Family plan by default.

  • If you have dependents listed, but chose the Managed Care Employee Only Vision plan in 2020 and you would like to keep the same election for 2021, you must make a new election to opt your family out of the vision plan for 2021. If you fail to make a new election (opt-out again) during open enrollment, you will be defaulted into the Managed Care Employee and Family plan for 2021.

  • If you elected not to have a Vision plan in 2020, you will be defaulted to no vision plan again for 2021.

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