Open Enrollment

Open enrollment begins on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. the online enrollment process must be completed by 11:59 on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.  

What you can do during Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is a time that you can make changes to your benefit elections. The elections you make during open enrollment will be effective January 1, 2018.  During open enrollment you can:

Open enrollment must be completed online

All active employees must enroll online using COMET self-service.  You will use your employee ID number and password to log in.  The IT Help Desk is available 24/7 at 612-673-2525 to reset your password if necessary. Once signed in to COMET, click the following series of links to complete the online enrollment process:  main menu > self service > benefits > benefits enrollment. The self-service enrollment guide provides step-by-step instructions.  

Your premium contribution rate

There are two employee premium contribution levels:  wellness and standard.  Benefit-eligible employees should log in to their open enrollment event in COMET to view the rate they are eligible to enroll in for 2018.  If you have questions about your enrollment or premium contribution rate, please submit an inquiry by clicking the icon for the HR Service Center on your City-issued computer or call Human Resources at 612-673-2282.

Documentation required when adding dependents

You must submit the required documentation to the benefits office for any dependents that you add to your plan for the first time.

Attend an open enrollment meeting or webinar

Information sessions about the 2018 medical plan offering will take place throughout the open enrollment period at work sites around the City and online via webinar. Each will include a brief presentation and opportunity for you to ask questions of representatives from Medica and the City of Minneapolis benefits team.  


Tuesday, October 24

Public Works - District 5

6036 Harriet Avenue S

7:00 am - 8:00 am


Thursday, October 26

Water East Side Yard

935 5th Avenue SE

7:00 am - 8:00 am


Thursday, October 26

Public Works - District 1

1809 Washington Street NE

7:00 am - 8:00 am


Thursday, October 26

Convention Center

1201 2nd Avenue S

10:30 am - 11:30 am

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Friday, October 27

Minneapolis Park Board

2117 West River Road

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Monday, October 30

City Hall Room 319

350 S 5th Street

10:00 am - 11:00 am


Monday, October 30

Emergency Operations Training Facility

25 - 37th Ave NE

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Tuesday, October 31


noon - 1:00 pm


Tuesday, October 31

Crown Roller Mill 

105 - 5th Ave S

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Wednesday, November 1

Hiawatha Public Works Facility

1901 E 26th Street

7:00 am - 8:00 am


Thursday, November 2

Columbia Heights Water

4500 Reservoir Boulevard

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Friday, November 3

Police 3rd Precinct/311

3000 Minnehaha Avenue 

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Monday, November 6


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, November 8

Hiawatha Public Works Facility

1901 E. 26th Street

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Other resources

For questions about health benefits and the Medica Elect or Medica Choice Passport networks, call Medica Customer Service at 952-945-8000 or 1-800-952-3455.  For questions about the ACO network options, call Medica's open enrollment hotline at 1-855-857-2045.

In addition, Medica offers a website that provides benefit information specifically for employees of the City of Minneapolis.  Visit  Medica's welcome page. to view details about your health benefits, search provider networks, review your drug coverage and learn about available health and wellness programs.

The open enrollment brochure that was sent to homes and the open enrollment handout are great resources.

What to expect after open enrollment

After the open enrollment period concludes, you will receive a statement confirming the benefits you enrolled in.  You MUST let the Benefits Office know if anything is incorrect on this form before the new plan year begins on January 1, 2018. You will receive a new Medica ID card in December and should present the new card each time you or your dependents check in for medical care or pick u a prescription beginning January 1, 2018.  




Last updated Nov 6, 2017



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