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Time to Make Your Benefit Picks

It’s that scary time of year again, when the hobgoblins that have lain dormant for more than 11 months crawl out of their creepy hiding places to frighten everyone.

Yes, it’s time for annual benefits enrollment.

It’s the opportunity for every state employee to change State Health Plan options, to add or cancel eligible dependents without a qualifying life event and to choose other offered benefits.

This year’s enrollment period begins Thursday and runs through Nov. 18. All changes become effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Employees can make changes via the MyPack portal on or by phone by calling 1-855-859-0966.

NC State’s Human Resources Benefits Office says that because of some online enrollment system issues, state employees can expect some challenges while completing this year’s enrollment. So don’t wait until the last minute.

Rates through the State Health Plan have increased this year for the three insurance options: the 80/20 plan, the 70/30 plan and the Consumer Directed Health Plan (CDHP). The surcharges applied for not completing annual wellness credits have increased for 2016. Those enrolled in the 80/20 and CDHP must complete the wellness assessments again this year to receive credits that lower their monthly payment.

Please visit the State Health Plan website, read all distributed information, make your selections early and print confirmation materials from the online enrollment system.

Here are a few tips from the NC State HR Benefits Office:

And don’t forget, be careful out there.

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  1. I am confused about my application. I am on phased retirement now and plan to end it June 30th. That means I have a Medicare Advantage Enhanced plan with United Health. So, do I have to fill out anything or not?

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