Many resources available to help you understand your open enrollment options

Open enrollment — the time of year when you re-enroll in your current health plan or switch to a new plan — begins Oct. 29 and runs through Nov. 16. As you begin thinking about which of the three networks to enroll in and whether you wish to create spending accounts for health care or dependent care, don’t forget that many resources are available to answer your questions and help you through the process. A guidebook is being mailed to your home, open enrollment meetings have been scheduled at various worksites, and an open enrollment telephone line begins service Oct. 29.

Guidebooks mailed to your home

Watch your mail at home this week for a packet of information detailing your benefit choices, premium costs, etc. The open enrollment guide provides:

Workplace meetings

If you have questions about your open enrollment options, be sure to attend one of the upcoming open enrollment information sessions. Human Resources staff will discuss the City’s health care plan, dental insurance, pre-tax accounts for health and/or dependent care and life insurance benefits.

Wednesday, Oct. 31: 9 – 10 a.m.
Emergency Operations Training Facility, 25 – 37th Ave. NE

Thursday, Nov. 1: 7 – 8 a.m.
Public Works – District 1, 1809 Washington St. NE

Thursday, Nov. 1: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Fridley Water Treatment Plant, 4300 Marshall St. NE

Monday, Nov. 5: 2 – 3 p.m.
City of Lakes, Room 101, 309 Second Ave. S

Tuesday, Nov. 6: 10 – 11 a.m.
Crown Roller Mill, 105 – 5th Ave. S

Wednesday, Nov. 7:  7 – 8 a.m.
Currie Conference Center, 1200 Currie Ave. N

Thursday, Nov. 8:  7 – 8 a.m.
Hiawatha Public Works Facility, 1901 E. 26th St.

Thursday, Nov. 8:  1 – 2 p.m. and 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Police 3rd Precinct/311, 3000 Minnehaha Ave.

Friday, Nov. 9:  7 – 8 a.m.
Public Works – District 5, 60th & Harriet Ave. S

Friday, Nov. 9: 1 – 2 p.m.
City Hall, Room 319, 350 South 5th St.

Wednesday, Nov. 14:  9 – 10 a.m.
City of Lakes, Room 101, 309 Second Ave South

Wednesday, Nov. 14: 2 – 3 p.m.
City Hall, Room 319, 350 South 5th St.

Thursday, Nov. 15: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Public Works – 300 Border Ave.

Thursday, Nov. 15: 10 – 11 a.m. and 5 – 6 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 – 2nd Ave. S.

If additional meetings are scheduled, they will be listed at

Presentation to view online

If you can’t attend one of these meetings, you can watch a videotaped presentation about open enrollment. The presentation will be available beginning Oct. 29 at 


If you have any questions during open enrollment, call the Human Resources open enrollment hotline at 612-673-3333.

The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calls will be answered by a member of the Benefits staff. There may be a short wait if staff is assisting other callers, but your call will be answered as soon as possible. If you call after hours, please leave a detailed message and a staff member will return your call.


Published Oct 24, 2012