Open Enrollment for 2019 benefits kicks off Oct. 29 and runs until Nov. 20. AllWays Health Partners – Partners’ new health plan administrator – will provide customer service, claims processing and a national provider network for health plans starting Jan. 1, 2019.

This is your chance to review your current benefits and explore others that are available to you from Partners HealthCare. It’s a good time to think about any life changes you’ve experienced since your last enrollment period and how they might affect your benefit needs in 2019. Have you started a family? Did one of your children start college? Are you thinking about retiring in the near future? Also, look back at the past year and how much you’ve used your health care benefit. Does it warrant a change in plans for next year?

Four key areas of Open Enrollment:

1. Review your 2019 health plan options. You’ll still have two health plan options: Partners Plus and Partners Select.

2. Explore Supplemental Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage. MetLife is offering new life insurance options to Partners HealthCare employees, in most cases without requiring proof of good health during this Open Enrollment period only. The coverage can help protect your spouse and children if the unthinkable happens.

3. Check into Flexible Spending Accounts. Partners HealthCare offers both Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts. These accounts help employees pay for qualifying health care or dependent care expenses using pre-tax dollars. The tax-free accounts can save you hundreds of dollars annually, but you must enroll each year.

4. Examine additional benefits, such as dental, vision, disability and retirement. Partners offers a wide range of other employee benefits. New this year: Employees can use Davis Vision benefits to buy eyeglass frames or contact lenses online.

Partners HealthCare and AllWays Health Partners will host dozens of informational events during the Open Enrollment period. For more information, visitAskMyHr or call the HR Support Center at 1-833-275-6947.



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