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Open Enrollment Period

CSU Benefits Open Enrollment​​ is from September 12 to October 7, 2016.
Benefits Services will not accept any late forms, no exceptions.

During open enrollment we encourage you to review your benefits to determine the best options available to you and your family. You can enroll, change or cancel benefit plans. Any changes made during open enrollment will become effective January 1, 2017.

Your health plan benefits are provided in partnership with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).

Full details on health plans are available at CalPERS Heath Plan Statements will be available August 22, 2016 through your personalized my|CalPERS account at This new online Statement will allow you 24/7 access to view and/or print your customized health enrollment information. It will also provide you with direct access to all CalPERS Open Enrollment information.

All changes during open enrollment will be effective January 1, 2017. Employees who made changes to their health plan should receive the new medical cards by their end of 2016.  If no changes were requested your new health rates will automatically change on the January 1, 2017 paycheck.

NOTE: Blue Shield NetValue will no longer be available as a health plan effective January 1, 2017. If you are currently enrolled in Blue Shield NetValue and do not make an open enrollment change to select a new health plan you will administratively be enrolled in the Blue Shield Access+ plan which has a significantly higher premium cost to the employee.

2017 CalPERS Health Benefits Program Basic Plan Rates

Overview of Available Benefits


Important Changes for 2017

Blue Shield NetValue (HMO) is no longer being offered. Employees currently enrolled will be moved to Blue Shield Access+ for 2017 unless an alternate plan is selected during open enrollment.

Optum Rx will be the new pharmacy benefits manager for all of CalPERS' health plans, except Kaiser and Blue Shield.

County Expansions - United Healthcare is expanding within San Luis Obispo, Madera, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties.

CSU Contribution Amounts for 2017

  • Employee only $707.00
  • Employee + 1 $1,349.00
  • Employee + 2 or more $1,727.00
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Health Plan Chooser

Use the Health Plan Chooser at CalPERS On-Line to help you select or change your health plan.

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Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts Reminder

All employees must complete a Heath Care/Dependent Care Reimbursement Account Plans Enrollment Authorization form to enroll in either program for 2017 regardless of participation in 2016.

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Aflac Critical Care Illness Insurance

Aflac will afford employees with the opportunity to enroll or increase Group Critical Illness with coverage up to $20,000 for employee only, and $10,000 of coverage for their spouse/domestic partner without providing Evidence of Insurability.

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The Standard Insurance Enhancement

During this open enrollment period, The Standard Insurance will allow employees the opportunity to enroll or increase Supplemental Life Insurance up to $100,000 (employee only) coverage without providing Evidence of Insurability. Prior declined employees will need to provide satisfactory Evidence of Insurability.

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Dependent Social Security Numbers

We are required to collect the Social Security Number (SSN) of any individual(s) enrolled in a CalPERS health plan(s), CSU dental and/or vision plan as the dependent of a benefits eligible employee.

This policy is applicable to new hires and existing employees. If an employee elects coverage for his/her dependent(s) during open enrollment and does not provide valid Social Security Number(s) for the dependent(s), the campus should not process the open enrollment request until proper documentation is provided. If the dependent is deemed ineligible to qualify for a Social Security Number, we must document this information and contact CalPERS for the individual to be manually enrolled in health benefits.

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Voluntary Benefit Plans Offering Enrollment during Annual Open Enrollment Period

Voluntary Benefit Plans will be at our annual benefits fair. Some of the vendors will allow enrollment into their plans during this open enrollment period. The vendors and plans that will be available are as follows:

MetLaw Legal Plan - offered by Hyatt Legal Plan, Inc.
For a low monthly premium of $21.70, they provide representation for many personal legal services for employees and their eligible dependents. Services for covered legal matters performed by a Network attorney are fully paid for by the plan. In addition to unlimited advice and consultation, the plan also has an Identity Theft component. You can only enroll in this plan during open enrollment or within sixty days of employment.
Critical Illness Plan - offered by Aflac
Provides a lump-sum benefit payment to cover out of pocket medical expenses and the costs associated with life-changes following the diagnosis of a covered critical illness. During our open enrollment period all CSU eligible employees will be provided a FINAL opportunity to enroll in the Aflac Critical Illness Plan with Guaranteed Issue-no health questions asked.
Voluntary Life Insurance - offered by The Standard
Offers the opportunity to purchase Voluntary Life Insurance at a competitive group rate. This plan does not have a formal open enrollment period. Eligible employees can enroll in the benefit at any time. If an employee chooses to enroll after the first sixty days of hire the employee is subject to Evidence of Insurability requirements.
Voluntary Long Term Disability Insurance - offered by The Standard
Provides loss of income protection (up to 60%) due to a qualified disability. The vendor offers two (2) different plan options which include a 30 or 90 day waiting period. Eligible employees can enroll in the benefit at any time during employment. If an employee chooses to enroll after the first sixty days of hire or eligibility, the employee will be subject to Evidence of Insurability (EOI) requirements.
Auto & Home Insurance - offered by California Casualty
Allows CSU eligible employees to obtain auto and home insurance policies at a discounted rate. The plan also has an identity theft component known as ID Defense. All policies are written for a 12-month period. Eligible employees can enroll in this benefit at any time during employment.

Vendors are responsible for processing the enrollments and forwarding them to the State Controller’s Office (SCO) for payroll deduction processing (if applicable). If an employee has a question about his/her benefits, coverage level, or an issue with his/her monthly payroll deduction, he/she should contact the vendor directly for assistance.

Office Information

Benefits Services
Brotman Hall 358
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840 USA
Mail Stop: 0124
Phone:Work (562) 985-2381
Fax: Fax(562) 985-1821

Customer Service Representatives

Assisting Employees with Last Names A-L

Esther Grove
Phone: (562) 985-7141
Fax: (562)985-1821

Assisting Employees with Last Names M-Z

Beth Anderson
Phone: (562) 985-2473

Do You Know Who Your Beneficiary Designee Is?

It is important to designate beneficiaries for your

  • CalPERS Retirement
  • Life Insurance policies
  • Pay Warrant

Beneficiaries may be changed at any time and we recommend that you review them periodically. Forms are available in Brotman Hall 353.

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