Open Enrollment

The annual open enrollment period generally runs from mid-September through mid-October with a January 1st effective date. The open enrollment period covers Medical, Dental, Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA), Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) and FlexCash plan changes/enrollments.

During the annual open enrollment period, eligible employees may:

  • enroll as a new enrollment, change health plans, or add or delete eligible family members to health plans;
  • enroll in FlexCash -- if employee has an alternate non-CSU medical and/or dental plans; or
  • enroll or re-enroll in the DCRA or HCRA plans for the new tax year

CalPERS Dependent Eligibility & Enrollment Guidelines

All health plans will require a Social Security number and a copy of the Birth Certificate for each enrolled dependent (i.e., exceptions spouse and domestic partner).

Eligible Dependents

  • Spouse (Requires a copy of Marriage Certificate)
  • Domestic Partners: same-sex domestic partners over age 18 and opposite-sex domestic partners with one partner age 62 or older whose domestic partnership is registered with the Secretary of State are eligible. (Requires a copy of Declaration of Domestic Partnership.)
  • Under the age of 26 – Natural children, stepchildren or adopted children.
  • Under the age of 26 - Economically dependent children (Requires Certificate and Affidavit of Eligibility of Economically-Dependent Children Form (HBD-35) for each dependent.) Please contact Human Resources for additional information (559) 278-2032.

Enrollment Guidelines

Split Enrollments: Members who are married and who both work or worked (retirees), for agencies in the CalPERS Health Program can enroll separately. If you and your spouse enroll separately, you must enroll all eligible family members, regardless of the relationship, under only one of you. Dependents cannot be split between parents. For example, if a CalPERS member with children marries another CalPERS member with children and each member has their own enrollment in the CalPERS Health Program, all children must be enrolled under one parent. The effective date of coverage will be the first of the month following the date of marriage. If split enrollments are discovered, they will be retroactively corrected. You will be responsible for all costs incurred from the date the split enrollment began.

Dual Coverage: You cannot be enrolled in a CalPERS health plan as a member and a dependent or as a dependent on two enrollments. This is called dual coverage and it is against the law. When dual coverage is discovered the coverage will be retroactively canceled. You may have to pay for all costs incurred from the date the dual coverage began.