Open Enrollment Last Chance

The Open Enrollment for the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) and Tax$ave is ending.  Act now to enroll in or change health, prescription drug, and dental plans, or add dependents.  Health benefit applications are due to the Office of Employee Benefits in College Hall by October 29, 2010. 

Tax$ave FSA Plan applications must be submitted by fax or postmarked no later than October 31, 2010.

As you consider whether you need/want to make any changes during the Open Enrollment period, we want to remind those of you who may be affected by a specific provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act regarding health coverage of children until age 26.  Please see the information immediately below.


Under the provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) will begin coverage of the eligible children of members until age 26 as of January 1, 2011.


Under the Affordable Care Act:

  • A "child" is defined as an enrollee's child until age 26, regardless of the child's marital, student, or financial dependency status -- even if the young adult no longer lives with his or her parents.
  • Coverage will be extended to eligible children through December 31 of the year they turn age 26.
  • Coverage until age 26 is only available if the adult child is not eligible to enroll in other employer-based coverage (aside from coverage through the parent).

NOTE:  If your child does not meet this eligibility requirement, you are required to complete a Health Benefits Application to remove the ineligible child from your SHBP coverage.

Get Open Enrollment literature online at: