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The annual enrollment period for health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care, and optional accident coverage programs begins September 15 and runs through October 15.

Now is your chance to enroll in programs, change providers or options, add dependents, or cancel coverage. The decisions you make during the enrollment period are effective January 1 through December 31, 2016.

If you’re satisfied with your current benefit selections, no action is required. However, please review the decision guide because new plans are being introduced, monthly premiums are changing, and dental providers are being replaced. Also, check provider networks to make sure your preferred doctors, hospitals, and centers are still in-network.

Changes to coverage must be made online by October 15 using the state’s self-service program.

Employees should receive a separate mailing from the decision guide that provides log-in credentials and directions for using Edison.

New for 2016: In addition to the Partnership PPO and Standard PPO health plans, two new plans are available that feature lower monthly premiums and tax-free health savings accounts that can be used to pay the plans’ higher deductibles. The deductibles must be met before the plans start paying for covered expenses.

Two informational sessions are being held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, September 14, and noon Friday, September 18, in McClung Museum Auditorium. The new Consumer Driven Health Plan with a Health Savings Account will be discussed and representatives will be on hand to answer other insurance annual enrollment questions. The sessions should last for about 45 minutes.

The complete decision guide is available online.

For assistance with setting a password, call the Password Reset Call Center on or after September 15 at 844-330-9100. For questions about the available options, contact Benefits Administration at 800-253-9981.