Personnel to Host Government Health Insurance Forums, Open Enrollment Period

USVI Division of Personnel

Dayna Clendinen, director for the Division of Personnel and the GESC Health Insurance Board of Trustees, advises all participants in the Government’s Group Insurance Program of the Open Enrollment period, which will begin on Monday, Aug. 12 and concludes on Friday, Sept. 13.

Open Enrollment is an opportunity for covered employees and retirees to make benefit changes, add or remove dependents, or increase their supplement life coverage. Employees will only be able to make changes after open enrollment if they have a qualifying life event, such as marriage, divorce, birth of a child or change in employment status.

The Division of Personnel will be having Benefit Forums for its Employees and Retirees on the schedule listed below.
It will be introducing the following benefits:
Accident Injury
Critical Illness
Hospital Care
Short Term Disability
Long Term Disability
These new benefits are available to Active Employees on the Government’s Insurance Plan.

Presentations will take place explaining the benefit plans that are available to employees and retirees of the Government Insurance Plan and will have invited the following vendors to assist in presenting their benefits and answer questions:
Cigna; United Healthcare (UHC); Bentek; Gehring Group; The Standard; GESC Board

Active employees who would like to make changes can do so by accessing the new online enrollment system, Bentek, at Bentek is 100 percent mobile ready and can be accessed by using any device, such as a smartphone, tablet or computer. Paper forms are not accepted. Retirees who wish to make changes to their health insurance benefits should visit the Division of Personnel location in their respective district.

The division is also excited to announce Benefit Forums for Active Employees and Retirees. The forums are designed to explain and introduce new and existing health insurance benefits. Below are the forum dates and times:

Monday, Aug. 12, at Julius Sprauve School Cafeteria, St. John
9 a.m. to noon: Cigna and United Retirees
5:30-8 p.m.: Active Employees on the Government Insurance Plan

Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Charlotte Amalie School Auditorium, St. Thomas
9 a.m. to noon: Cigna and United Retirees
2-4 p.m.: Human Resource Officers
5:30- 8 p.m.: Active Employees on the Government Insurance Plan

Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Central High School Cafeteria, St. Croix
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Cigna and United Retirees;
2-4 p.m. Human Resource Officers
5:30-8 p.m.: Active Employees on the Government Insurance Plan

Online Enrollment Through Bentek
The Government will continue to use Bentek as its online enrollment system. Open enrollment is the time to make changes to benefits, add or drop dependents, and update life insurance beneficiaries. Bentek officials will be available during the ‘Benefit Forums’ to assist attendees with enrollment and/or questions. Any changes made will be effective Oct. 1, 2019.