It's the annual enrollment period for city of Houston. There are a few changes to the Cigna medical plans and a new provider for the dental plans, Deltal Dental.
Retirees in a Cigna plan
If you are happy with your current plan, you don’t need to do anything — your coverage will remain in effect. Plans will remain essentially the same.
Although you have the option of switching from one Medicare plan to another at the first of any month, you can only switch dental plans during open enrollment. If you have a dependent in a Cigna plan and you need to make changes, now is the time.
Retirees with dental or vision plans
The city has a new dental provider, Delta Dental. The rates are slightly lower with the same plan details. If you are happy with your current plan — do nothing and your coverage will remain the same. In the DHMO, you will be defaulted to a primary care dentist in your zip code. Call Delta Dental at 800-422-4234 or go deltadentalins.com to choose a different dentist. Most of the dentists from the previous provider are in the new network. New ID cards will be issued by May 1.
There are no changes to the vision plan. If you are happy with it — do nothing and your coverage will remain the same.
To make changes
Download the printable form, or call benefits between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to have forms mailed to you.