Benefits enrollment adds dependents up to age 26

Arizona Benefit Services Division is holding a special enrollment to add dependent children up to the age of 26 to the insurance policy of state employees.

Additionally, the benefits year is changing to a calendar year plan beginning January 2011. Current benefit plans will extend through Dec. 31, 2010. The new open enrollment period for making changes to your 2011 benefits will be Nov. 1 to 19.

A mailer has been sent from the Arizona Benefit Services Division providing details on these updates, but because some of the information in the mailer does not apply to university employees, NAU Human Resources requests that all employees refer to the information below and to Benefits Updates Fall 2010 for the most accurate information.

Special enrollment: Aug. 16–Sept. 15, 2010 
During the special enrollment, employees will have the option to add dependent children up to the age of 26 to medical, dental and/or vision insurance. Dependents may be married or unmarried, enrolled or not enrolled in the plan at age 18, residing in or outside Arizona, students or non-students, disabled or not disabled. Elections made during special enrollment will be effective Oct. 2, 2010.  To enroll in these benefits, visit the Benefits Updates Fall 2010 web page.

Benefits for the plan year extension: Oct. 1–Dec. 31, 2010
There will be no disruption in covered services during the time that the state transitions to a calendar year plan. However, there will be some limitations that will apply during the three month plan extension. To review those limitations and see information on this transition time, visit the Benefits Updates Fall 2010 web page.

If you have other enrollment needs, contact NAU Human Resources at or (928) 523-2223.