Over the next few weeks you will be receiving an invitation in the mail with instructions for making your elections, as well as reminders to enroll before the end of the Open Season. In addition, the Benefits Division is hosting two live Benefit for Life Hour programs this Annual Enrollment Open Season. If you are unable to attend the live sessions, the recording for this event will be made available within a few days after the live session.
Federal Benefits Open Season and Year-End Benefits Reminders - November 14, 2017
This webinar is being presented by Benefits Division staff. Topics include the available benefits and options for the upcoming Federal Benefits Open Season for plan year 2017, the procedures for enrolling or changing enrollments, and news about the Thrift Savings Plan, Federal Employees Group Life Insurance, and long term care insurance programs.
Open Season Guidance for a Successful Enrollment - November 28, 2017
This webinar provides participants with the tools and information they need to research and enroll successfully in this year's Open Season and Annual Enrollment programs. Web tours of Open Season resource pages, the Judiciary Benefits Center (JBC), and BENEFEDS, are on the agenda. Tour highlights include the JNet's and OPM's annual Open Season pages, a JBC registration and enrollment demo, FEDVIP information, and a look at a health insurance preference and decision tool. Additional shared resources and a Q&A session concludes this webinar. Web tour guides and benefits specialists are from the AO Benefits Division and the JBC (ADP) Team.
The Judiciary Benefits Center web site, available at https://judiciary.adp.com is a confidential, one stop resource for information and tools designed to help you better manage your benefits 24/7. On the site you will be able to make your Flexible Benefit, Commuter Benefit, FEHB, FEGLI and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) elections. Throughout the year, you will be able to review and update your TSP contributions, review your spending account balances, review claim status, and search health related topics. The Judiciary Benefits Center is committed to keeping your personal health information secure and confidential and has instituted required compliant privacy protections throughout their business operations, including all web-based transactions.
The Affordable Care Act requires individuals to maintain "minimum essential health coverage" (MEC). Employees and family members covered by the FEHB program satisfy this this requirement. Employees eligible for FEHB coverage, but who are not now enrolled or covered by another FEHB enrollment as a family member, should seriously consider enrolling in the FEHB program. Employees who have eligible family members that are now uninsured should seriously consider an FEHB Self and Family or FEHB Self Plus One enrollment in order to meet the MEC requirement. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has provided a list of answers to questions about how the MEC requirement affects individual employees, which can be found in the Health Insurance section of the JNet's Benefits page.
The Affordable Care Act has also created the Health Insurance Marketplace, an alternative source of private health insurance options for individuals not covered by the FEHB program or concerned about the affordability of FEHB premiums. OPM has provided a letter to Federal employees to explain the Marketplace opportunity and a list of answers to questions about the Marketplace, which can also be found in the Health Insurance section of the JNet's Benefits page.
We hope you find the Judiciary Benefits Center helpful in managing your benefits. Please feel free to contact the Judiciary Benefits Center at 1-888-442-FLEX (3539) with any questions. Benefits Counselors are available to assist you Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Eastern Time.