Non-Career Health Benefits Special Enrollment–Deadline Applies

Non-Career NRLCA covered employees are eligible to enroll in or change enrollment in the USPS Health Benefits (USPSHB) Plan during the Special Enrollment Period. Assistant Rural Carriers (ARC) are not eligible to participate in the USPSHB Plan.

There is a deadline to make this decision. The negotiated change in premiums for the USPSHB Plan reduces your cost for Self Plus One or Self and Family coverage. During the Special Enrollment Period you can enroll or change your enrollment in the USPSHB Plan. The Special Enrollment Period is from August 26, 2019 – September 27, 2019 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Your coverage will be effective on September 28, 2019. If you do not enroll or change enrollment during this Special Enrollment Period, your next opportunity is Open Season, which begins each November. Elections made during Open Season take effect the following January. You may also enroll or change your enrollment if you have a qualifying life event (for example, marriage or birth of a child).

How to Enroll
During the Special Enrollment Period, you may use PostalEASE employee self-service to enroll in the USPSHB Plan or change your enrollment from August 26, 2019 – September 27, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Your coverage will be effective on September 28, 2019.

Before enrolling, you should read the Guide to USPS Health Benefits Plan on LiteBlue at https://liteblue.usps.gov/uspshbp. On the website you will find important rules, premium rates for the plan, and the PostalEASE USPHBP Worksheet, which should be completed prior to entering your election in PostalEASE so that you have all of the required information ready to enter.

Once you have decided to enroll, access PostalEASE via the web at https://liteblue.usps.gov, an Employee Self-Service Kiosk (available at some facilities), or by calling the Employee Service Line at 1-877-477-3273, option 1; TTY 866-260-7507. We strongly recommend that if you are enrolling in Self Plus One or Self and Family that you use the web version of PostalEASE, and not the phone. Use your USPS Employee ID number (EIN) found at the top of your earnings statement and USPS Self-Service password to access LiteBlue and PostalEASE via the web. Use your USPS EIN and current 4-digit USPS PIN to conduct self-service telephone transactions on the telephone using IVR. If you don’t know your USPS Self-Service Password, you can reset your USPS Self-Service Password (and USPS PIN) using the Self-Service Profile (SSP) Application at www.ssp.usps.gov or via links provided on the LiteBlue and Blue logon pages.

The quickest way for your election to be processed is for you to use PostalEASE. However, if you are unable to use PostalEASE, you may also complete the PostalEASE USPSHBP Worksheet and PS Form 3120, Notice to Non-Career Employees Eligible to Enroll in USPS Health Benefits Plan Coverage (available on LiteBlue). Mail both forms to the HR Shared Service Center at:

HRSSC
Compensation/Benefits
Post Office Box 970400
Greensboro, NC 27497-0400

 

Further Information Available at LiteBlue
Plan information for the USPS Health Benefits Plan is available on LiteBlue at https://liteblue.usps.gov/uspshbp. Before you decide to enroll read the Summary of Benefits and Coverage, which provides a helpful overview of what the USPS Health Benefits Plan covers and your share of health care costs.

If you have questions relating to your benefits, please contact the HRSSC at 1-877-477-3273, option 5; TTY 1-866-260-7507.

 

Click here to download the RCA Special Enrollment letter. 

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