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It's Your Choice Dates and Focus Group

The Group Insurance Board has set October 17- November 11, 2016 as the 2017 It’s Your Choice open enrollment period.

IYC is the annual opportunity to change from one health plan to another, switch from single to family coverage or add/delete certain dependents. It is also the only open enrollment opportunity of the year for eligible state employees, participating local government employees, and retirees.

This year the open enrollment period is two weeks later than usual, due to a more efficient computer system for processing transactions (the state’s new STAR system). The shift will also provide more lead time for the Department of Employee Trust Funds to carry out communication plans and enhance training for participating employers statewide.

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In the meantime, we will continue working to make improvements to the IYC web pages and printed materials, so members can easily find information. Many thanks to the employers, employees and retirees who participated in our marketing focus group in April and provided valuable feedback.