Benefits Open Enrollment - COBRA

Health Care Benefits

The Healthy Blue Living Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) medical plan option through Blue Care Network (BCN) will continue to be offered in 2018. A new Community Blue Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) health plan will be offered and it is administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM).  The medical and prescription drug coverages for the two plans are different; new dental and vision benefits are the same for both plans. 

Review your 2018 Open Enrollment Guide below for a Healthy Blue Living HMO health care benefit coverage overview and a comparison with Community Blue PPO.

You may elect the Healthy Blue Living HMO plan during Open Enrollment by completing the Health Insurance Enrollment and Change form.  You must also designate a Primary Care Provider (PCP) on this form. To locate an in-network provider, go to, then click on Find a Doctor (search without logging in and enter Blue Care Network under Your Plan, then change Your Location).

You do not need to elect a new health plan if you want to stay on it; it will carry over to 2018.

Your current benefit enrollment information is available through Self Service.  (For help, visit Employee Self Services Guides.) 

Vision benefits under Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan are administered by Vision Service Plan (VSP). To find a vision provider who participates with VSP, visit  Click on the summary below for vision coverage information.

View your 2018 Open Enrollment Guide -  COBRA AAUP and Non-Bargaining Exempt and Nonexempt Know Your Benefits.

View your 2018 Open Enrollment Guide - COBRA AFSCME and MSEA Staff Know Your Benefits.

View your 2018 Open Enrollment Guide - COBRA Aviation and R3 Research Associates Know Your Benefits.

View your 2018 Health Care Contributions - COBRA AAUP, Non-Bargaining Exempt and Nonexempt, AFSCME, MSEA, Aviation, and R3 Research Associates.

View your 2018 Vision Care Coverage Plan Benefits-at-a-Glance.

View important Benefit Notices.

What forms do I need to complete?

To change your health care benefit election effective Jan. 1, 2018, complete the health insurance enrollment and change form:

To enroll a designated eligible individual effective Jan. 1, 2018, complete the designated eligible individual enrollment form:

Unable to print forms?

If you are not able to print the enrollment forms, you may pick up a copy of the form(s) in Human Resources.

Where do I send my completed forms?

Submit your completed health insurance enrollment and change form to Human Resources no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

When will my changes take place?

Health care benefit elections are effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Medicare Part D?

Are you or your dependent(s) eligible for prescription drug benefits under Medicare Part D due to age or disability? If so please review the Medicare Part D Notice.

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions about benefits open enrollment, please contact Human Resources.

The information outlined above is subject to legal documents that pertain to each benefit plan and policies, procedures, contracts, or collective bargaining agreements, which are controlling as to the availability and amount of benefits. This website is not a legal document.