May 03, 2021

Benefit Choice open enrollment deadline is May 31

The deadline for the State Employees Group Insurance Program Benefit Choice open enrollment for all eligible employees is May 31. For the upcoming year, there are plan changes, and insurance premiums will increase. Employees are encouraged to review the booklet and select the best coverage for themselves and/or their family. 

Changes made during this period will become effective July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. Faculty and staff who are considering changes should go to MyBenefi​ts.Illinois.gov to review benefit options and compare health plans.   

The one-stop Benefit Choice shop allows you to: 

  • Change health plans.
  • Add or drop dental coverage. Beginning July 1, 2021, employees now have the option to enroll in Dental Only coverage. However, if you enroll in health coverage and choose dental coverage, dependents must mirror the coverage of the member.
  • Add or drop dependent coverage (Adding a dependent requires documentation).
  • Increase or decrease option life insurance.
  • Add or drop MyBenefit Plus coverage.
  • Enroll in MCAP and/or DCAP. Employees must enroll in this program each year; previous enrollment in the program does not continue into the new plan year. Members will be allowed to carry over their full unused balances for both MCAP and DCAP for the FY21 and FY22 plan years. 

If you have not registered, log onto “MyBenefits Marketplace” and watch this video for detailed instructions. 

Contact the MyBenefits Service Center toll-free at 844-251-1777 or 844-251-1778 (TDD/TTY) with questions about navigating MyBenefits or on how to enroll. Representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Four virtual Benefit Choice fairs for state employees and retirees are set this month. The sessions are:

  • Monday, May 3: 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 6, 10 a.m.
  • May 13, 10 a.m.
  • May 20, 10 a.m.

For more information or to register for the virtual Benefit Choice fairs, visit the Benefit Choice member virtual fair page

For additional information, visit the Department of Human Resources website or for questions, contact human resources staff at 618-453-6668.