Open Enrollment

  • Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 plan year is April 20 - May 8.
    Every benefits eligible employee must take action and either enroll or waive benefits. 

    This is the only opportunity for employees to make changes to health plans, add coverage, waive benefits, enroll in voluntary coverages, or enroll in flexible spending accounts - outside of when they are first hired or without a qualifying life event

    All elections must be completed by May 8. Your benefit elections will be effective July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. 

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  • + 2020-2021 Benefits Enrollment Guide

    Coming soon! 

    This year we will publish English and Spanish complete guides. These will be available by April 20, 2020 on the Benefits Enrollment Guide page

  • + 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 (coming soon) or the Eligibility page to find out! 

  • + How to Enroll

    • Login to the DPS Benefits Enrollment Site with your DPS ID and password: Benefits Enrollment Site
    • Click on the “Enroll Now” button
    • The benefit 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.

    • + How to Waive

      *You must complete Open Enrollment Steps to Waive Benefits*

      • Login to the DPS Benefits Enrollment Site with your DPS ID and password: Benefits Enrollment Site
      • Click on the “Enroll Now” button
      • The benefit 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.

      • + Aetna Information

        Aetna porivdes high-quality care through a diverse network of distinguished, high-quality healthcare providers associated with hospitals and facilities throughout Denver. Aetna provides a 24/7 nurse line to answer any urgent medical questions.

        Learn about the Aetna network and plans on their member site

        Each Aetna plan offers 100% covered preventive care. Additional plan information can be found here: 

      • + Kaiser Information

        Kaiser Permanente provides high-quality care and coverage in one place. You can often leave an apoointment, have a diagnostic test performed and pick up a prescription at the same facility. Kaiser offers a dedicated network of Kaiser Physicians for your preventative or specialized medical need and a 24/7 nurse line. 

        Learn about Kaiser on their member website

        Kaiser plans all offer 100% preventive care. Additional plan information can be found here:

      • + 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 will be available at the end of March.
        • 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 dependents' Social Secuirty Number (SSN) and Date of Birth (DOB)

      • + Review these Key Facts:

        • There are 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 EOI. YOu will need to complete this EOI before coverage is effective.
        • The first Health Savings Account screen reflects the DPS contribution into the health savings account for you. You will want to enroll in this to receive the DPS contribution into the account. 
        • The second Health Savings Account 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.
        • Health savings accounts will put you through two separate sections that you will go through
        • You will not see a screen for the HSA Compatible Flexible Spending Account (FSA) if you enroll in the Health Savings Account (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 have a Valic/AIG advisor contact you regarding opening a 403(b) or 457(b) account, you are not choosing to enroll at that time, just to speak with them to get more information.

      CONTACT


      • Human Resources
        1860 Lincoln St.
        Denver, CO 80203

        For HR and payroll questions: 
        Contact Us


        Site Manager
        Samantha Sussenbach

      Open Enrollment Events

      • We are working hard on developing virtual options for benefit events, Q&As with vendors, and direct enrollment support. Check back often for updates!

        Understanding Health Insurance Basics
        Introduction to Health Insurance
        Virtual Options pending

        Vendor Q&As
        Virtual Options pending

        Enrollment Lab
        Enrolling Support
        Virtual Options pending