The State Worker

CalPERS open enrollment ends Friday

CalPERS’ four-week open enrollment period for health benefits ends Friday. Members have one more day to sign up for insurance, add eligible family members and make changes to their existing plans that will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

The fund offers six health-maintenance organization plans and three preferred provider organization plans. Plan availability varies by locale.

CalPERS’ open enrollment portal has information and resources to help members learn what plans are available where they live and to assess the plans’ benefits and costs. This page answers frequently asked questions, including how to enroll for the first time and how to change coverage.

About 1.4 million California state government, local government, and public school employees and retirees and their eligible dependents receive health benefits via a CalPERS-administered medical plan. The fund is the second-largest health care purchaser behind the federal government.