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Open Enrollment for 2022 Benefits
Monday, Nov. 15 to Friday, Dec. 10

Open Enrollment is Your Once-A-Year Opportunity to:

Open Enrollment is a Good Time to Review Your Benefits and Consider:

Do you have the right medical plan for you?

If not already enrolled, consider if the Consumer Driven Health Plan would provide a better benefit today and in the future. 

   

Should you contribute to the Flex Spending Account(s)?


The District sponsors two Flex Spending Accounts (FSAs) to help you pay for childcare expenses and out-of-pocket healthcare expenses on a pre-tax basis (while preserving your HRA VEBA funds):
 

  • Health Care FSA: Set aside $100 to $2,850 in tax-free dollars to pay for
    IRS-approved healthcare expenses that are not reimbursed through any medical/prescription, dental or vision plan.*

     

  • Dependent Care FSA: Set aside $100 to $5,000 (or $2,500 if married filing separately) in tax-free dollars to pay for day care-type expenses for children 
    ages 12 and under or dependents incapable of self‑care so that you can work.

 

Use it or Lose It: Estimate contributions conservatively. Usually — see the Note* below — you can only use FSA funds to pay for medical care or dependent care that you receive during the same year you make the contribution. (The Health Care FSA has a 2½-month extension period.* but the Dependent Care FSA doesn’t.) Any unspent money left in your accounts after the March 30 claims submission deadline is forfeited.


*Note: The District adopted provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, extending the grace period to use leftover 2020 and 2021 Health Care FSA funds for up to 12 months giving you until March 15, 2022 to spend contributions made over 2020 and until March 15, 2023 to use contributions made in 2021. When considering how much to contribute to your FSA during 2022, you should factor in potential funds carried over from 2021. Learn more.

 

FSA elections expire every Dec. 31: Unlike your other benefits, contributions elections do not roll over from year to year. You will need to re-enroll in the Health Care FSA and/ or Dependent Care FSA every open enrollment to participate the following year.

 

Dependent Care FSA or federal tax credit. The IRS also provides a tax credit for deductible dependent care expenses. You need to determine which program saves you more money. See IRS Publication 503 for details about the federal tax credit.

Are your beneficiaries up to date?

Check and update (if necessary) your beneficiary designations to make sure your loved ones are protected and would receive life insurance and retirement savings accounts if you died. Visit the Beneficiaries page for links and instructions.

Open enrollment

Your once-a year opportunity to enroll in or change benefits, add dependents to your coverage and enroll in the Health Care or Dependent Care Flex Spending Accounts.


Open enrollment elections take effect the following Jan. 1.

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Booklets, Brochures & Forms

Modeling Tools and Estimators

Log in to your Premera account to review your claims and see what you’ve spent on health care this year, then:

 

  • Estimate your costs based on your anticipated use of Health Care in 2022 using the Healthcare Cost Estimator (downloadable Excel document)
     

  • Determine what you would have spent this year had you been in the CDHP, using your actual claims history, with the Compare Switch from PPO vs. CDHP Tool (downloadable Excel document)

  • Nov. 15, 2021
    Open enrollment starts

  • Dec. 10, 2021 at 5 p.m.
    Open enrollment ends

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