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Benefit Choice

Benefit Choice is closed. Make changes beginning May 1, 2015.

Benefit Choice is an annual open enrollment period that allows employees to make changes to their State of Illinois health, dental, and life insurance enrollments, add or terminate dependent coverage and opt out of State of Illinois health and dental insurance coverage with proof of enrollment in another comprehensive health plan.

This is also the time when employees, who are currently enrolled in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) must re-enroll for the following plan year. The FSA Program consists of two plans: the Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP) and the Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP). Employees must enroll in the FSA each year during the annual Benefit Choice Period to take advantage of this benefit, even if they are currently enrolled in the program.

The Benefit Choice enrollment period is held in May, with an effective date of July 1.


FY 2016 Benefit Choice Election Period

Benefit Choice will open May 1, 2015. All elections made during the Benefit Choice Period (May 1 through June 1, 2015) will be effective July 1, 2015. Benefit Choice information and resources will be available here on May 1.

Allowable Enrollment Changes

The Benefit Choice period is the only time changes may be made to State plan benefits unless experiencing a qualifying event. In that case, the necessary changes may be made in conjunction with the qualifying event. All changes, unless noted, are made in NESSIE. The following changes can be made during Benefit Choice by selecting the link at the top of this page:

Enrollment Process

To complete Benefit Choice Enrollment, you will need:

  • Your NESSIE Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you have forgotten your NESSIE PIN you will need to establish a new PIN.
  • Your physician’s 10-digit National Provider Identifier (NPI)*. This will be needed when selecting a Health Management Organization (HMO) plan. The plan websites have the NPI numbers listed. See the HMO provider links to obtain NPI numbers.

  • If selecting BlueAdvantage HMO or HMO Illinois a 3-digit medical group code is required. See the HMO provider links to obtain a 3-digit medical group code.
  • Spouse and/or dependents information, if applicable, including the birth dates, Social Security numbers, NPI numbers and the insurance carriers name and effective start date, if covered on another group or individual health or dental insurance program.
* The NPI is not needed for any Open Access Plan (OAP) or the Quality Care Health Plan(QCHP).


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