Open Enrollment: October 15 – March 31, 2021
NOT YOUR TYPICAL OPEN ENROLLMENT YEAR
Open Enrollment for the 2021 plan year will be from October 15, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Due to different City-sponsored programs competing for LACERS health staff’s availability, the typical Open Enrollment period will be extended to allow Members and staff more time to process health plan enrollments and changes.
If you decide to enroll in a plan or make changes to your existing plan during this Open Enrollment, please be aware that:
- You will not be able to make another health plan change for at least one year, unless you experience a qualifying event.
- If you retired during the Open Enrollment period, you cannot change your health plan choices during this extended Open Enrollment period, unless you experience a qualifying event.
- LACERS will have up to three months to process your new enrollment or plan change and your effective date will depend on when the enrollment was processed, not when the request was made. Once your enrollment is processed, LACERS will notify you about your effective date of coverage.
You will receive an Open Enrollment packet in early October, as normal. It will include all the pertinent information, including an overview of health plan updates for 2021 and the latest Health Benefits Guide (HBG).
Criteria for qualifying events can be found on lacers.org or on page five and six of the HBG.
OPEN ENROLLMENT MEETINGS TO BE HELD VIRTUALLY
Due to the threat of COVID-19, LACERS will not be holding its traditional Open Enrollment in-person events this year. Instead, LACERS will offer virtual meetings with each carrier (Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, SCAN Health Plan, UnitedHealthcare, Delta Dental, and Anthem Blue View), which will include LACERS updates for the coming plan year, a presentation by the carrier, and a question and answer session.
The meetings will be held using Zoom. You may also call in to hear the presentations if you would prefer to simply listen in. More information regarding meeting times and dates will posted on the LACERS website.
If you’d like to participate virtually, but aren’t comfortable with Zoom, LACERS is providing Zoom support through Mom’s Computer. You may contact them at your convenience by phone or email at (800) 281-0692 / firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
For more details about this year’s Open Enrollment, click here.