On-Site Open Enrollment Sessions: This is a list of on-site Open Enrollment sessions at various locations throughout the County. HRMD staff and vendors will be on-site to assist with benefit questions and help with reviewing and/or making benefit changes in SAP Employee Self-Service.

Travis County offers benefit eligible employees Open Enrollment each year to review their current benefits and make elections for the upcoming benefit plan year. This is your once a year opportunity to make changes to your benefit plans and add or delete dependents without having a Qualifying Life Event.

Open Enrollment for FY 18 will be held from Tuesday, August 1, 2017 through Wednesday, August 30, 2017. During Open Enrollment you are allowed to add, remove or change the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance Beneficiary
  • Supplemental Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Supplemental Dependent Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Spouse/Domestic Partner Life Insurance
  • Personal Accident Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical & Dependent Care) – must enroll every year if you want this benefit

Open Enrollment Help

The online Open Enrollment function in the Employee Self-Service (ESS) part of SAP has been updated. HRMD Benefits staff will also be available to help with questions via phone or at on-site open enrollment sessions.

  • Open Enrollment SAP tutorial - These online help videos and documents will walk you through the steps for completing Open Enrollment through the SAP Employee Self-Service.
  • On-Site Open Enrollment Sessions – This is a list of on-site Open Enrollment sessions at various locations throughout the County. HRMD staff will be on-site to assist with benefit questions and help with reviewing or making benefit changes in SAP Employee Self-Service.
  • HRMD Office Hours - Computers and benefit assistance will be available in the HRMD office at 700 Lavaca Street, Room 447 from August 1st through August 30th. The room will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Health Plan Changes and Rates

On June 27, 2017, the Travis County Commissioners Court approved the health plan designs and monthly premiums for Fiscal Year 2018. The initial cost projections put the necessary funding increase at 11.2% which was higher than the amount budgeted for FY 18. As a result, the Court has approved making changes to the benefit plan designs for some of the plans which brought the cost down to a 4.9% increase.

It is highly recommended that all employees and retirees review the plan changes carefully to determine which medical plan may be best for their specific situation. There are additional cost comparison tools available to assist participants with this decision.

FY 18 Travis County Benefit Guide

PLAN CHANGES AND ENHANCEMENTS for ALL PLANS:

  • Annual in-network deductible on the EPO are increasing from $500 to $600
  • Annual in-network deductible on the PPO are increasing from $500 to $700
  • Annual in-network out of pocket maximums on EPO and PPO are increasing from:
    • $3,500 to $4,500 (individual)
    • $7,000 to $9,000 (family)
  • Annual out-of-network out of pocket maximums on the PPO are increasing from:
    • $5,000 to $6,000 (individual)
    • $10,000 to $12,000 (family)
  • Annual out-of-network deductible on the PPO is increasing from:
    • $1,500 to $2,000 (individual)
    • $3,750 to $5,000 (family)
  • PPO office visit copays are increasing from:
    • $25 to $30 (primary care) (tier UHC specialists) (virtual office visit)
    • $40 to $45 (specialist) (urgent care)
  • Hospital admission copay on EPO is increasing from:
    • $1,000 to $1,250 per confinement
  • EPO out-patient surgery copay increasing from $500 to $600 per surgery
  • EPO and PPO emergency room copay per visit increasing from $200 to $300
  • The addition of a Pharmacy Deductible on Tier 2 and Tier 3 prescriptions of $50 individual/$125 family.
  • Tier 2 prescriptions are increasing from a $30 to a $35 copay (a 3 month supply for a 2 month copay will also increase from $60 to $70)
  • Tier 3 prescriptions are increasing from a $50 to $55 copay (a 3 month supply for a 2 month copay will also increase from $100 to $110)
  • There are no changes made for Tier 1 (generic tier) prescriptions

Changes to the Consumer Choice Health Plan

  • No changes are being made to the Consumer Choice Plan

Which Health Plan is Best for Me?

With three health plans to choose from, selecting the best coverage for you and your family can be difficult. We have prepared and are providing additional tools and resources to help assist you with this decision. The three health plans have varying levels of coverage and also have varying levels of monthly premiums. Both components are important to consider when choosing a health plan for the upcoming year.

FY 18 Health Plan Cost Comparison Scenarios

Frequently Asked Questions

FY 18 Travis County Benefit Guide

Dental Insurance

Commissioners Court has again approved Assurant Dental as the dental carrier for FY 18. Assurant will continue to offer the same network of providers, same level of benefits and the same premiums as in FY18. Assurant Dental was recently purchased by Sun Life so you may start to see name changes on their website and Dental information materials.

DHMO Dental Plan - The plan design and copay amounts will remain the same as FY 17. This plan requires the selection of a primary dentist but has the lowest premiums of the dental plans.

Base PPO Dental Plan - This plan is a PPO dental plan and allows you the choice of going to any nationwide in-network provider or going to an out-of-network provider at a reduced benefit level. This plan offers coverage for preventive, basic, major and orthodontia services and has an annual maximum benefit of $1,500 per person.

High PPO Dental Plan - This plan also allows you the choice of going to any nationwide in-network provider or going to an out-of-network provider at a reduced benefit level. This plan also offers coverage for preventive, basic, major and orthodontia services. This plan does offer higher coverage when seeing an out-of-network provider compared to the Base PPO plan and has a higher maximum annual benefit of $2,000.

FY 18 Assurant Dental Summary

Dental PPO Plan Comparison

FY 18 Travis County Benefit Guide

Important Benefit Information FY 18

Changes to life insurance beneficiaries and participation in the 457(b) Deferred Compensation plan may be changed at any time during the year.

If the Open Enrollment election period has not started please view the page on Making Changes to request a change to benefits during the plan year.

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