Annual Enrollment for 2016 Benefits

The annual enrollment period for 2016 benefits runs October 19 – November 6, 2015. Go to My Benefits for a complete list of annual enrollment resources.

For additional information, visit a Benefit Fair near you to talk with knowledgeable representatives. Deciding which benefit is best for you can be a complex one to make. Take time to explore all of the benefit options available and review the changes to help you make your selections.

Remember, you must visit two separate websites in order to add or change elections for health insurance and flexible benefits.

Health Insurance Information

Visit the State Health Benefit Plan’s 2016 Open Enrollment web page for detailed information about plan changes, rate increases and wellness plan requirements.

The 2016 Decision Guide for Active members of the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) is now available online. New plan options are now available at the Bronze, Silver and Gold benefit level, so review the guide carefully to determine which offering is right for you and covered members of your family.

If you have questions, reach out to SHBP Member Services at 1-800-610-1863.

Flexible Benefits Information

Go to My Benefits on for quick links to the 2016 You Decide booklet, rate sheets and other materials. Please read the “What’s New” Fact Sheet for changes and enhancements to several flexible benefit plans.

Employees may select any of the following flexible benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Vision plans
  • Life insurance (employee, spouse and child coverage)
  • Accidental death & dismemberment
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Specified illness
  • Long-term care
  • Legal insurance
  • Health care flexible spending account
  • Dependent care flexible spending account

Once you have made your selections and enrolled in the flexible benefits program, you will be asked to take a short, 5-minute survey. This survey is designed to help us improve the value of our benefits package so that we can attract and retain quality talent.

For questions or assistance with your flexible benefits, call 1-877-342-7339.

2016 Flexible Benefits Program ‘You Decide!’ Booklet now available

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The 2016 You Decide! booklet is now available!

The booklet gives you an opportunity to review and understand your flexible benefits package. It summarizes Flexible Benefits Program options – such as, dental and vision care, legal insurance, spending accounts, long and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, specified illness and long-term care – that are available to employees and their dependents, along with certain procedures to be followed to obtain these benefits.

There are some plan enhancements for the 2015 Plan Year, so review all information carefully in advance of the Annual Enrollment period, beginning October 19th to November 6, 2015. It is up to you to understand all the options available and make the choices that best suit your needs.

2016 SHBP Decision Guides Available Online

2016 SHBP Decision Guide coverThe 2016 Decision Guides for Active and Retired members of the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) are now available online at Please take time to review these materials in advance of Open Enrollment, which begins October 19, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends on November 6, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

While both Active and Retiree members can access their Decision Guides online, Retirees will also receive a hard copy of their Decision Guide in the mail as they have in the past.

Also, you may have heard from your HR or Benefit Coordinator that SHBP is hosting Education Sessions and Benefit Fairs across the state. DCH provided this information to HR and Benefit Coordinators last week, and the information is also posted at These events provide a great opportunity to meet with SHBP and the Medical Claims Administrators to ask questions about your Plan Options for 2016.