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Benefits Choice 



• Employee Benefit Choice Virtual Fairs will be delivered via Web-Ex.  Visit Employee Benefit Choice Virtual Fairs for specific dates and times as well as to obtain instructions on how to connect.

Benefits Choice 

Your annual opportunity to select the best benefits for you and your family is during the Benefits Choice Period beginning May 1st through June 1st. All changes made during this time will go into effect July 1st.  If you wish to keep your current coverage, no action is necessary unless you intend to enroll or re-enroll in a Flexible Spending Account***.  Benefits Choice is the time to:

    • Change health plans
    • Add or drop dental coverage
    • Add or drop dependent coverage
    • Add, drop, increase, or decrease Member Optional Life insurance coverage;
      or add or drop Child Life, Spouse Life, and/or AD&D insurance coverage
    • Enroll in MCAP and/or DCAP flexible spending accounts
    • Update your personal information

***PLEASE NOTE: Employees must enroll in MCAP and/or DCAP each year. 
Previous enrollment in the program does not continue into the new plan year.

 New for FY22


CMS FY22 Benefits Choice Informational flyer

FY22 Open Enrollment Reminder


Premium Changes:

Contribution amounts will vary based on the member's salary and chosen health plan.


Dental Only Coverage:

Beginning July 1, 2021, employees now have the option to enroll in Dental Only coverage. However, if you enroll in health coverage and choose dental coverage, dependents must mirror the coverage of the member.


Health Plan Availability:

New this fiscal year, effective July 1, 2021, members now have the option of choosing from three OAP plans. We are pleased to announce that these Open Access Plans (OAP) will now be offered by Aetna, Healthlink and Blue Cross Blue Shield.


HealthLink Service Area Outside of Illinois:

HealthLink members will continue to have network access in Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Wisconsin. HealthLink members will no longer have access in other areas such as Florida or Texas.


Behavioral Health:

For those enrolled in the Quality Care Health Plan (QCHP) and the Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP), your behavioral health provider network and claims will now be administered by Aetna. Please make sure to review the Aetna provider directory to ensure your provider is in-network, or contact Aetna to discuss transition of care.


Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP) & Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP):

For FY2022, the IRS has extended and added to the temporary COVID-19 flexibility for MCAP and DCAP (per the guidance of Notice 2021-15):

  • Any unused funds from your MCAP/DCAP account will be rolled over as long as you re-enroll in that program.
  • Additional election flexibility allowed, contact

The American Rescue Plan has increased DCAP contributions to $5,250 for the FY22 plan year.You must enroll or re-enroll in a Flexible Spending Account each plan year. The MCAP benefit is not available if enrolling in an HSA.


SICK LEAVE BANK ENROLLMENTS – Enrollment May 1st - 31st



Making benefit elections is simple through the MyBenefits website.  Follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. In the top right corner of the home page, click LOGIN
  3. If you are logging in for the first time, click Register in the bottom right corner of the login box and follow the prompts.  You will need to provide your name as printed on the Benefit Choice materials mailed to your home.
  4. Enter your login ID and password.  After logging in and landing on the welcome page, explore your benefit options by clicking on the benefit tiles.
  5. After exploring your benefit options and determining which benefits you would like to elect, click on the Benefit Choice Event, located on the Welcome page.

  To find your NPI number for your doctor or medical group, go to


AVA, the interactive digital assistant, is available online at or contact MyBenefits Customer Service Center by phoning 1-844-251-1717, or 1-844-251-1778 (TDD/TTY) with inquiries.  Representatives are available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (CST).




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Contact Information

Benefits Office

Old Main Room 2020
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston IL, 61920

Fax: 217-581-3614

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