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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for health care and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) is now closed. All changes made during Open Enrollment will take effect on July 1, 2015. 

During Open Enrollment, Virginia Tech employees who are eligible for benefits are given the opportunity to enroll in a health plan and/or a flexible spending account, change health plans, add or remove dependents, or waive state health coverage with an effective date of July 1, 2015.

Rates and Plan Changes

The state Department of Human Resource Management mailed copies of the “Spotlight on Your Benefits” newsletter to all state employees the week of April 20. The publication includes all plan benefits and details changes to insurance plans and flexible spending accounts.

Need assistance understanding the health insurance plans and what may be right for you? Alex is an online interactive assistant designed to walk you through the health plan options. 

A variety of programs designed to assist employees with health insurance are now available. Health insurance premium assistance under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and FAMIS affordable health insurance is now available to children of state employees and retirees who meet eligibility guidelines.  

Premium Rewards

Employees have the option to reduce their monthly health insurance premiums by participating in the Premium Rewards Program

  • Participants receive a discount of $17 per month. Spouses on the plan are also eligible for a $17 per month discount.
  • Enrollment and participation in an eligible health insurance plan is required to qualify. 
  • Learn more about the Premium Rewards requirements for the 2015-16 plan year. 

Informational Meetings

Open enrollment meetings are open to anyone eligible for health insurance through the state of Virginia, unless otherwise noted below by an *. Employees do not need to use leave to attend any meeting held during the workday. 

Enrolling/Making Changes

To enroll or make changes:

  • Log into your EmployeeDirect account using your state-assigned Benefits Eligibility System (BES) identification number (not Virginia Tech identification number) which is located on your health insurance identification card. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. May 22.
  • Employees without internet access may fill out the State Active Enrollment Form and return it to the Department of Human Resources before the office closes at 5 p.m. on May 22.


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