Open Enrollment Period Different This Year

LACERS’ annual planning for next year’s Retiree insurance selections makes changes due to the pandemic.

Retiree Open Enrollment for the 2021 plan year will be from Oct. 15, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Due to different City-sponsored programs competing for LACERS health staff’s availability, the typical Open Enrollment period will be extended to allow Members and staff more time to process health plan enrollments and changes.

If Retirees decide to enroll in a plan or make changes to their existing plan during this Open Enrollment, please be aware that:

  • They will not be able to make another health plan change for at least one year, unless they experience a qualifying event.
  • If they retired during the Open Enrollment period, they cannot change their health plan choices during this extended Open Enrollment period, unless they experience a qualifying event.
Tenah Johnson-Taylor of the LACERS Health Division helps organize the open enrollment process.

LACERS will have up to three months to process new enrollments or plan changes, and Retirees effective date will depend on when the enrollment was processed, not when the request was made. Once their enrollment is processed, LACERS will notify them about their effective date of coverage.

Enrollee candidates will receive an Open Enrollment packet in early October, as normal. It will include all the pertinent information, including an overview of health plan updates for 2021 and the latest Health Benefits Guide (HBG).

Criteria for qualifying events can be found on or on page five and six of the HBG.

Meetings Held Virtually

Glen Malabuyoc of the LACERS Health Division helps organize the open enrollment process.

Due to the threat of COVID-19, LACERS will not be holding its traditional Open Enrollment in-person events this year. Instead, LACERS will offer virtual meetings with each carrier (Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, SCAN Health Plan, UnitedHealthcare, Delta Dental, and Anthem Blue View), which will include LACERS updates for the coming plan year, a presentation by the carrier, and a question-and-answer session.

The meetings will be held using Zoom. You may also call in to hear the presentations if you would prefer to simply listen in.

More information regarding meeting times and dates will posted on the LACERS Website.

If you’d like to participate virtually, but aren’t comfortable with Zoom, LACERS is providing Zoom support through Mom’s Computer. You may contact them at your convenience by phone or email at (800) 281-0692, or for assistance.