Open Enrollment

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    Open enrollment for the 2020 - 2021 plan year has closed. Please visit Change My Benefits to request eligible changes. 

  • + 2020-2021 Benefits Enrollment Guide

    English Version

    Spanish Version 

  • + Benefits Enrollment Site

    Click Here to Enroll or Waive Your Benefits

    Use this site to enroll and waive your benefits for the 2020-2021 plan year. Be sure to login between April 20-May 8 and enroll or waive your benefits. Visit the Benefits home page for available information. 

    Not sure if you're eligible? Check the Enrollment Guide to find out! 

  • + Remote One-on-One Support

    Open Enrollment is ACTIVE - every benefits eligible employee must enroll or waive benefits April 20 - May 8

    This schedule is full. Please contact HR Connect at hr_connect@dpsk12.org
    or 720-423-3900 for Benefits Enrollment Assistance. 

    Higher Than Usual Inquiry Volume: please note that we are experiencing a high call and email inquiry volume. We are working hard to provide timely responses and appreciate your patience! You can also check thecommons.dpsk12.org/benefits and thecommons.dpsk12.org/openenrollment for Frequently Asked Questions.  

  • + How to Enroll or Waive

    You must go through the steps of enrolling to waive your benefits. You will see the option to waive each benefit on the enrollment site

    Use our How To Guide to walk you step by step through the enrollment process.

    • Login to the DPS Benefits Enrollment Site with your DPS ID and password: Benefits Enrollment Site
    • Click on the “Enroll Now” button
    • The Benefits Enrollment Site will guide you through each section.
    • You will have an opportunity to review all of your benefit elections prior to confirming your selections/changes once you have gone through and made a selection on each screen.
    • You must go through each benefit to the very end of the enrollment process. 
    • Once you have completed the enrollment, you will need to make sure to email a copy of your election confirmation statement to your email address.
      • You may send this to any email address you choose, personal or work.
      • You may elect to send this to multiple email addresses by closing out the email screen and then selecting to email confirmation again and entering a new email address.

    • + Free Internet for Open Enrollment

      Open Enrollment is NOW OPEN through May 8. Every benefits eligible employee must enroll or waive benefits. Use this How To Guide to walk through the enrollment site or schedule virtual time with an enrollment specialist. Visit The Commons for your complete virtual enrollment toolkit – including chatting with vendors or viewing learning essentials.

      Use Xfinity hotspots to complete your benefits enrollment. Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Once at a hotspot, you should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. Click here to view the Xfinity WiFi Hotspot map.

      If you do not take action, you will be auto-enrolled in the Aetna 3500 CDHP plan, a Health Savings Account (HSA), and Sick Leave Bank.

    • + Online Support During Open Enrollment

      In support of flattening the curve, all Open Enrollment supports are now online! All benefits-eligible employees must take action and enroll or waive their benefits during Open Enrollment, April 20-May 8. You can now access the information you need, ask questions, and enroll in benefits from the comfort of your home. Some options include:

      • Virtual one-on-one support with an enrollment specialist. Click here and find this under the "Remote One-on-One Support" tab. **Schedule full. Please contact HR Connect at hr_connect@dpsk12.org or 720-423-3900 for enrollment support. 
      • Watch presentations to help understand health insurance basics.
      • Navigate through the enrollment site with helpful "how-to guides."

      Find what you need to make the best choices for your health needs on the Open Enrollment page

    • + Spotlight on Benefits Open Enrollment: Sick Leave Bank

      Mark your calendars! Benefits Open Enrollment is April 20-May 8, and all benefits-eligible team members must take action and enroll in or waive benefits.

      Open enrollment is the only opportunity to enroll in our Sick Leave Bank (SLB), which helps eligible team members secure paid time off in the event of an illness or injury, after using all of their accumulated vacation and sick time. Sick Leave Bank is DPS’ version of short-term disability (STD) insurance; and unlike STD plans offered by other organizations, DPS offers more paid days off through SLB and there are no extended waiting periods for benefits to kick in.

      Learn more about all the benefits choices you have during open enrollment by visiting http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/openenrollment.

    • + Get Coverage for Everything Life Throws Your Way

      DPS provides a wide variety of supplemental benefits to keep you covered during any situation. Manage your on-going costs through legal, commuter, or long-term care coverage. Get peace of mind for unexpected medical costs with critical illness, accident, and hospital indemnity policies. Protect your car, home, and pet through optional insurances. Secure short-term leave pay with Sick Leave Bank (DPS's unique and comprehensive solution to short term disability pay)


      Take advantage of all your benefits and enroll during Open Enrollment, April 20-May 8. All benefits eligible employees must take action. Be prepared to take action by reviewing your options early. The most up-to-date, accurate information on medical options, supplemental benefits, and so much more can be found on The Commons, whenever and wherever you need it.

    • + Let DPS Contribute to Your Health Savings Account (HSA)

      In Colorado, individuals spend on average between $700 - $1000 per year in out-of-pocket expenses (such as co-pays and deductibles), in addition to monthly premiums. DPS helps cover those expenses by providing $55.84 a month to your Health Savings Account (HSA) - that’s $670 a year! This pre-tax account can pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision expenses - and it can help invest in your future and earn interest on your savings. Visit WageWorks to learn about this unique option available for Consumer Driven Health Care Plans (CDHPs)


      All benefits eligible employees must take action during Open Enrollment, April 20- May 8. Be prepared by reviewing your options early. The most up-to-date, accurate information exists on The Commons, whenever and wherever you need it.

    • + Enroll in the Right Plan for You

      DPS strives to provide affordable benefits. By contributing over $54.8 million each year, we cover about 76% of the total cost of benefits for employees.  

      DPS offers two types of insurance plans through Aetna and Kaiser Permanente - Consumer Driven Health Plans (CDHPs) and HMO Plans. All plans offer 100% covered preventive care. CDHPs may be ideal plans for those who expect lower annual medical costs as the premiums are less expensive. A HMO plan might be a better fit for those with higher annual costs.  


      Take advantage of all your benefits and enroll during Open Enrollment, April 20-May 8. The most up-to-date, accurate information on medical options, supplemental benefits, and much more can be found on The Commons, whenever and wherever you need it. 

    • + DPS Goes Self Funded and Saves You Money

      To help control rising costs, the District and our Benefits Board have been looking at new ways to administer some of our benefits. Rather than staying with a Fully-Insured model and paying set premiums to insurance carriers, we are transitioning to a Self-Funded model. Self-funding (or self-insured) is a financial model that allows DPS to take on the monetary risk of paying claims. Savings from administrative costs and fees are passed on directly to you. 

      What does Self-Insured mean for you this year? 

      • We will see an average of 4.4% increases in premiums this year. With a Fully-Insured model, that increase would have been 11%. By moving to a self-funded model, we are already saving nearly 7% on premium increases! Final rates are in the Benefits Enrollment Guide.
      • We will continue to provide the most robust and affordable benefits possible for you.
      • You’ll get new ID cards from Aetna and Kaiser. 
      • There will be updated contact information for our carriers. 

      We are here to support you in making important decisions around your health. DPS offers a variety of benefits to meet your needs. From medical to dental insurance, employee discounts, child care support, life insurance, and retirement - DPS has you covered.     


      Take advantage of all your benefits and enroll during Open Enrollment, April 20-May 8. Be prepared to take action by reviewing your options early. The most up-to-date, accurate information on medical options, supplemental benefits, and so much more can be found on The Commons, whenever and wherever you need it.

    • + Before you enroll, you need:

      • Your Legal Name, Social Security Number (SSN) and Date of Birth
      • Your dependents' and/or partner's Legal Names, SSNs and Date of Births
      • The Benefits Enrollment Guide

    • + Review These Key Facts:

      • There are Learn More buttons at the top of each benefit screen if you need more information
      • There is a plan assistance tool on the medical plan screen if you are unsure of which plan may work best for you
      • Your “benefits shopping cart” is located in the upper right corner of the screen as you navigate through the enrollment process
        • If you are eligible for benefit credits, it will begin with a negative balance.
        • All benefit subsidies (discounts) to the medical premium cost are already deducted from the full cost and included in the amounts shown on the medical plan enrollment screen.
      • New life insurance elections will likely require the completion of an Eligibility of Insurance form (EOI). You will need to complete this EOI before coverage is effective. The EOI is downloadable from the "Enrollment Complete" page on the Benefits Enrollment Site.
      • If you enroll in a CDHP plan, you are eligible for a Health Savings Account (HSA). 
      • HSA enrollment will put you through two separate sections:
        • The first HSA screen reflects the DPS contribution into the HSA for you. You will want to enroll in this to receive the DPS contribution into the account. 
        • The second HSA screen is if you would like to contribute extra money into the account yourself. You are not required to do this in order to receive the DPS contribution. If you choose not to, simply enter zero for the amount.
      • You will not see a screen for the Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account (LPFSA) if you enroll in the HSA. You will need to email Employee_Benefits@dpsk12.org with your election and the benefits team will make sure to get that added for you and send you a confirmation of completion.
      • If you elect to receive more information for any of the supplemental benefits, you are not choosing to enroll at that time. Additional information will be provided to you on the "Enrollment Complete" page of your elections. You can also find additional information at thecommons.dpsk12.org/supplementalinsurance.

    CONTACT


    • Human Resources
      1860 Lincoln St.
      Denver, CO 80203

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      Site Manager
      Samantha Sussenbach

    Open Enrollment Events


    • Understanding Health Insurance Basics
      Introduction to Health Insurance
      New! Understanding Health Insurance (automatic download)

      Vendor Q&As
      Call Aetna's Concierge Anytime
      855-220-6416

      Call Kaiser Permanente's Pre-Enrollment Line Anytime
      800-324-9208

      Webinars
      Watch webinars from Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, and DPS