I know what you’re thinking – What is open enrollment? and Do I need to do anything for this?
Open enrollment is a provision in SPSD’s cafeteria plan that allows a short window of time for employees to make changes to their medical insurance, dental insurance, and enroll, re-enroll or stop participation in a flexible spending account without a qualifying event such as birth, divorce, marriage or job change. This is your chance to make changes to several of your benefits, no life changes necessary!
Does this mean you’re expected to do something? Please take a look at the flow chart entitled “Do I Need to Do Anything for This.” It will ask you a few questions and help you understand if you have some work to do, or can go about your business as normal. *Please also note that this is the time for applicable employees to make their pay election for the 2020-2021 school year*
If you find there is some work for you to do during open enrollment, the process is a bit different this year than in years past:
Due to COVID-19 Open Enrollment will be fully on-line. Use the resources provided on this site to access and fill out the correct documents. Submit the forms to Mary Dinsmore at Central Office via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings are still available, but they will be conducted via appointment using Google Meet.
PLEASE pay close attention to the deadlines and instructions for filling forms out completely and properly. Forms that are submitted late or incomplete will not be accepted. PLEASE DO NOT wait until the last minute if you need to make changes. If you submit a medical form with no PCP listed or an unsigned dental form after the deadline, the changes you want to make will not happen.
RETIREMENT (Read even if you aren't planning to do so soon)
As an SPSD employee, you are potentially eligible to take your MEA Anthem Health Insurance coverage with you into retirement. Some employees are also eligible for a discount on premiums. To qualify, you must meet certain criteria, including membership in the plan for a certain number of years. For more details, see page 11 of the Anthem Retirement booklet. If you would like MEA Anthem Health insurance during your 'golden years' or in the event you collect disability retirement from Maine State Retirement, you should consider enrollment on the health insurance during open enrollment. If you have questions about this retirement/disability benefit, please sign-up for a virtual group session.
If you are retiring this year, congratulations! If you would like to enroll in the retiree group to continue your health insurance, please print, fill out, and return the transfer to retire form to Mary Dinsmore before the end of August. You will also be sent information about COBRA via certified mail this summer. If you have enrolled in the retiree group DO NOT enroll in COBRA - just dispose of the information.