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Open enrollment for state employees begins Thursday

Updated 10/24/2017
Open enrollment for state employees begins Thursday and runs through Nov. 8. This is when you can make changes to your state employee benefits for 2018.

Open enrollment will be held despite the legislative subcommittee's rejection of MAPE's 2017-19 proposed contract Thursday. The full Legislature will be asked to approve our 2017-19 agreement during next year's session.

Your health-care and dental premiums will go up due to rising costs. We negotiate the "percentage" of the premiums that we pay, but still are responsible for the employee portion of the cost increases.

Services covered are those detailed in the 2016-17 plan here:

Health-care insurance for 2018:

  • More than 36,000 individuals will be in a higher cost level clinic if they choose not to make a change during open enrollment. This may require changing your clinic or plan administrator.
  • Single coverage will cost: $31.54
  • Family coverage will cost: $215.16

Dental premiums for 2018:

  • Dental premiums will increase slightly (approximately 1 to 2 percent). However, no additional dental benefits will be available. We will continue to be covered under the 2017 benefit set.

Short-term disability:

  • Initial enrollment and additional coverage will be available during open enrollment since this is not a new benefit.
  • There will not be any immediate changes in the premiums due to additional enrollments. All premiums should be nearly the same as they are now.

Health assessment:
Please remember to take the health assessment and agree to a follow-up call from StayWell to save $5 on co-pays.

NEW 121 Benefits updates:

  • A new 121 Benefits mobile app is available that allows you to view account activity, submit claims, view claims requiring a receipt, snap a photo of a receipt and submit as a new claim and receive text alerts.

  • The IRS has changed the regulations regarding how mass transit commuter expenses can be purchased and reimbursed from the Bus Pass/Vanpool Expense Account. Now, the only method of reimbursement will be by using your debit card to pay the vendor directly.

  • Reimbursement requests will not be processed for commuter mass transit expenses.

For more information, please go to the 121 Benefits website here:

Advantage Value for Diabetes:
Members currently enrolled in the Diabetes MTM program will be automatically transitioned into a new benefit called Advantage Value for Diabetes beginning Jan. 1. This benefit reduces member out-of-pocket costs (copays and coinsurance) for high-value medical services that are primarily for diabetes, as well as for certain medications and testing supplies. Be sure to remind your doctor that you are being seen for diabetes and to code it accordingly to ensure you get the benefit. For more information, go here:

To review the open enrollment information from Minnesota Management and Budget, go here:

At the conclusion of your benfits selection, be sure to print your elections by selection the "Print Confirmation" button or by saving an electronic copy to ensure there is no discrepancy in your benefits. No hard-copy statement will be mailed.