2017 Annual Election Period


Please note the dates for this year’s Annual Election (AE):

  • Begins Wednesday, November 2nd at 12:01 a.m., Eastern time
  • Ends Thursday, November 17th at 11:59 p.m., Eastern time

Elections and enrollments made during this period will be effective for the 2017 Benefit Plan Year (January 1-December 31, 2017). During Annual Elections, participants have the opportunity to:

  • Make flexible spending account (FSA) elections, elections for health reimbursement account (HRA) and health savings account (HSA) contributions,  
  • Select a health plan,
  • Add or drop a dependent from HealthFlex plan coverage; and

HealthFlex and OneExchange Enrollment/Change Forms is due on or before November 18th. You will complete the HealthFlex Enrollment/Change form to add/drop dependents or enroll/terminate with HealthFlex. 

Outside of the Annual Election period, changes to elections or enrollments can only be made due to a qualifying life event, including marriage, divorce, birth/adoption, death of a spouse/dependent, or loss of a spouse’s or eligible dependent’s health coverage.

Your HealthFlex WebMD will have the election options available starting November 2nd.  A Health Plan Presentation is available for you to review information regarding the 2017 plan highlights.  

Communications Update

The AE materials will be mailed to you this month:

  • Annual Election Brochure—HDHP version
  • New Updates to Services for 2017 - Starts January 1st



Updates to Your HealthFlex Benefits—

Starting January 1, 2017


New MDLIVE* telemedicine services—Talk with a consulting physician 24/7, either through videoconferencing or by phone, when you can’t get to your own provider but need a professional medical opinion and treatment or prescription quickly. Great for non-emergent acute conditions like cold/flu, skin concerns, sore throats and more.

Obtain maintenance medications through Walgreens or Home Delivery. For your convenience, you may fill 90-day maintenance prescriptions at a local Walgreens pharmacy or through the OptumRx Home Delivery (mail-order) service. Participant cost share and cost to HealthFlex will be the same under either option.

Behavioral health benefits changes. Behavioral health benefits will have the same in-network and out-of-network co-payments and/or deductible and co-insurance as your medical plan benefits. However, behavioral health outpatient office visits with an out-of-network provider will be covered at in-network levels up to a “reasonable and customary” amount. (See benefits booklets for details.)

OptumRx Formulary Changes—Some Medications Not Covered. Certain medications with no clear clinical advantage will no longer be covered if a comparable alternative is available, as part of the HealthFlex and OptumRx commitment to keeping costs lower. OptumRx will contact impacted participants directly beginning in November about medications no longer covered.

Nurseline* through your medical carrier. When you aren’t sure if you need to contact a physician, you can call the nurseline number on your 2017 medical ID card 24/7 with questions about symptoms, an injury or general health questions.

Virgin Pulse rewards changes. Watch for upcoming communications on Virgin Pulse’s streamlined approach to earning incentives in 2017. *MDLIVE telemedicine and nurseline services do not replace the expertise of your personal physician or other primary care provider (PCP). Consult your PCP for more comprehensive diagnostics and guidance.