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Open Enrollment

OE 2019

Open Enrollment for your 2019 DC Government employee benefits began Monday, November 12, 2018 and ended Monday, December 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review your current benefit elections and make any necessary changes. If you are satisfied with your current benefits and have no new dependents to add, then you do not have to take any action this year. Your elections will carry over to the 2019 plan year; however, the costs will reflect the 2019 contribution amounts.

Please Note: If you have Aetna CDHP with a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA), you must re-enroll as these elections do not roll over. When you make your elections online, you will see your 2019 per-pay-period costs and can plan accordingly.

Coverage Effective Dates

  • For employees who are paid biweekly, changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective January 6, 2019.
  • For employees who are paid semi-monthly (some DCPS and UDC), changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2019.

Open Enrollment 2019: What You Need to Know

What's New for 2019

Find out what you need to know about the 2019 benefits changes before enrolling in or changing your benefits this year.

  • 2019 DC Employee Healthcare Benefits Providers (DCEHBP) Employee Premium Costs. As health care costs across the nation continue to rise, so do the costs in the District of Columbia Government. Therefore, your costs for coverage will increase again in 2019. The District will take on the majority of this increase, but some of this cost will be shared with employees. We can work together to help keep cost increases at a minimum by using network doctors, wellness resources and generic instead of brand-name prescription drugs.
  • Increased 2019 457(b) Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan Contribution Limits. The 2019 elective deferral limit for 457(b) plans increased to $19,000. This is a $500 increase from 2018. The 2019 Age 50 Catch-Up Limit is $25,000 and the Pre-Retirement Catch-Up Limit is $38,000.
  • Increased 2019 Pre-Tax Contribution Limit for Health Care FSAs. The 2019 pre-tax contribution limit for Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts is $2,700. This is a $50 increase over the 2018 limit. This limit is effective January 1, 2019.
  • Increased 2019 Pre-Tax Commuter Benefit Limits. The maximum monthly pre-tax limit for mass transit and parking will increase to $265 in 2019. BRiWeb enrollment will automatically be updated to reflect the updated limits in 2019.

Enrollment Resources

  • Open Enrollment Checklist. This checklist takes you through each action item in the enrollment process to ensure your enrollment is complete. Includes important dates, what to review and consider pre-enrollment, HSA and FSA setup, beneficiaries, eligibility, qualifying life events, and more.
  • Open Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions. Answers to common questions about Open Enrollment, including plan changes and highlights, important dates, where to enroll, DCHR contacts, paycheck deductions, and more.
  • DC Government Employee Benefits at a Glance. This resource is a comprehensive, high-level overview of your DC Government employee benefits. Includes summary information for all available employee benefits and perks.
  • DC Government Benefits Enrollment Instructions. A step-by-step, how-to guide for enrolling in your DC Government benefits through Employee Self Service (ESS). The guide features ESS screenshots for each step; information on how to enroll in benefits that are not available through PeopleSoft; and a Dependent Eligibility Verification section, which includes a list of relevant dependents and corresponding verification documents, submission instructions, and contact information.

ALEX, The Virtual Benefits Counselor

ALEXALEX® is an easy-to-use online tool that will help you select the best-fit employee benefit plans for you and your family. ALEX will ask you a few questions about your health care needs (your answers remain anonymous, of course), crunch some numbers, and help to educate you the plans that best fit your personal needs. It’s that easy! Visit ALEX during Open Enrollment at www.myalex.com/dchr/2019.
How long does it take go through ALEX? Going through the entire ALEX experience and clicking every possible button can take about 30 minutes or so, but the actual duration of your experience will depend on your needs. Most users spend about 7 minutes with the tool. Also, you can always save your place in ALEX and return later simply by providing your email address.
How can I make the most of my ALEX experience? ALEX is best experienced on a desktop computer with sound (either headphones or speakers), but you can also use it on an Android or iOs (Apple) mobile device.
Will I need to do anything to prepare? Using ALEX is very simple. You won’t have to dig through your insurance records or anything like that, but if you’d like to prepare for the questions about your medical needs, here’s what you’ll be asked about your maternity care needs and expected number of:
  • Doctor Visits (Primary Care and Specialists)
  • Hospital Stays
  • ER visits
  • Surgeries (Inpatient and Outpatient)
  • Prescriptions (Occasional and Ongoing)
How does ALEX calculate recommendations? ALEX estimates the total yearly out-of-pocket costs (a combination of your premium contributions and the costs for the services you plan to use) for each plan and educates you on the plans with the lowest overall cost to you based on your personal preferences. ALEX’s cost data is based on health insurance plan design features and average procedure cost data.

2019 Medical Premiums

2019 Medical Premium Costs for Employees Hired Before October 1987

Please visit the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Health Care Plan Information page for 2019 medical premiums. In addition to the biweekly and monthly premiums, you can also find the total premiums, the amount the government pays, and the change in your portion of the premium compared to last year.

2019 Medical Premium Costs for Employees Hired On or After October 1, 1987*

Please Note: The information on this page is valid through December 31, 2019. Click here for 2018 rates. In the event the plan rates listed here do not match the provider's listed rates, always default to the rates listed with the provider.
Aetna CDHP Plan
Type Enrollment Code  2019 Biweekly Premium  2019 Monthly Premium
Self Only HM1 $44.46 $96.33
Self + 1 HM2 $87.40 $189.36
Family HM3 $128.48 $278.38
Aetna PPO Plan
Type Enrollment Code  2019 Biweekly Premium  2019 Monthly Premium
Self Only AP1 $96.12 $208.26
Self + 1 AP2 $188.95 $409.38
Family AP3 $277.77 $601.83
Aetna HMO Plan
Type Enrollment Code  2019 Biweekly Premium  2019 Monthly Premium
Self Only AH1 $94.88 $205.57
Self + 1 AH2 $186.50 $404.08
Family AH3 $274.17 $594.04
For more information, please visit Aetna's DC Government Microsite.
Kaiser Permanente HMO
Type Enrollment Code  2019 Biweekly Premium  2019 Monthly Premium
Self Only  KP1 $73.42 $159.08
Self + 1 KP2 $140.23 $303.84
Family  KP3 $215.12 $466.08
For more information, please contact Kaiser Permanente Member Services or visit Kaiser Permanente's DC Government Microsite.
UnitedHealthcare Choice Nationwide
Type Enrollment Code  2019 Biweekly Premium  2019 Monthly Premium
Self Only  MD1 $88.91 $192.63
Self + 1 MD2 $169.81 $367.93
Family MD3 $260.50 $564.41

2019 Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) Premiums

Aetna CDHP
Aetna PPO
Aetna HMO
Enrollment Code
2019 Monthly Premium
Enrollment Code
2019 Monthly Premium
Enrollment Code
2019 Monthly Premium
Self Only
Self + 1
Kaiser Permanente
Type Enrollment Code 2019 Monthly Premium
Self Only KP1 $649.04
Self + 1 KP2 $1239.79
Family KP3 $1901.74
UnitedHealthcare Choice
Type Enrollment Code 2019 Monthly Premium
Self Only MD1 $785.95
Self + 1 MD2 $1501.15
Family MD3 $2302.80
* TCC rates shown were those provided by the carriers where possible; otherwise they are assumed to equal the active rates with a 2% load.

2019 Vision & Dental Premiums

Vision Plan

Vision coverage is available at no cost to eligible employees. DC Government pays 100 percent of the premium. There are three coverage tiers available: Self, Self Plus One and Self Plus Family. For more information, please see the 2019 Vision Summary Plan Description.

Dental Plans

Cigna Dental HMO: The District pays for 100 percent of the premium costs for the DHMO benefit. For more information, please see the 2019 Cigna Dental HMO Patient Charge Schedule.
Cigna Dental PPO: The District pays a portion of premium costs for the DPPO benefit. For more information, please see premium rates below or the 2019 Cigna Dental PPO Benefit Summary.

2019 Cigna DPPO Premium Rates

Type 2019 Biweekly Premium 2019 Monthly Premium
Self Only $27.02 $58.53
Self + 1 $38.33 $83.05
Family $49.81 $107.72

Benefits You Can Enroll In 2019: Through & Outside of PeopleSoft

Benefit Options Who Pays How to Enroll
Medical Insurance PeopleSoft
Dental Insurance
  • Cigna DHMO: 100% employer paid.
  • Cigna DPPO: Employees pay a portion of the cost of coverage.
  • Premiums are deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis. See 2019 Plan Rates for more details.
Vision Insurance
  • 100% employer paid.
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

*You must be enrolled in the Aetna CDHP to be eligible.

  • Employees can choose to contribute funds from your paycheck to your HSA on a pre-tax basis.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
  • Contributions are deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis.
Indemnity Insurance
  • Aflac
    • Cancer
    • Hospital Confinement
    • Accident Advantage
    • Specified Health Event
  • Employees pay the full cost of coverage.
  • Premiums are deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis.
Disability Insurance
  • Employee pay the full cost of coverage.
  • Premiums are deducted from your paycheck on an after-tax basis.
Retirement Plans
  • Contributions are deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis.
Commuter Benefits

*Only Union Compensation Units 1 and 2 are eligible for SmartBenefits

  • BRI: Employees can choose to contribute funds from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis.
  • SmartBenefits: Subsidized through DC Government and WMATA

*may enroll anytime

Savings Plans
  • Contributions are deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis.
Outside of PeopleSoft
Employee Assistance Plan
  • 100% employer paid for the first 5 sessions

Automatically enrolled, but must call for services.


Contact the DCHR Benefits & Retirement Administration

The DCHR Benefits and Retirement Administration can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the following:
  • Phone: 202.442.7627
  • Email: [email protected]
  • In Person
    1015 Half Street, SE, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20003
    Metro: Navy Yard/Ballpark, Green Line
Call volumes are highest during the first and last week of the Open Enrollment period. Call volumes are lowest early morning (8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.) or late afternoon (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Tuesday through Thursday.

Payroll Concerns & Questions

For issues regarding payroll or paychecks, please contact the Office of Pay and Retirement Services.
  • Phone: 202.741.8600
  • In Person
    One Judiciary Square
    441 4th Street, NW, Suite 410 South, Washington, DC 20001
    Metro: Judiciary Square Station, Red Line