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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

The Benefits Open enrollment is a set time of the year when eligible state employees can enroll, disenroll or make changes to their health, dental, vision, COBRA, and legal insurance benefit plans. Employees can also add or delete eligible dependents.

For successful delivery of these efforts, the Benefits Division established an Annual Open Enrollment Project, with the goal to provide state departments with necessary benefit program and plan information to share with their employees.

Benefit plan changes made during the annual Open Enrollment time are effective January 1st of the following year.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Benefits Fair logo

Discover your options and get the answers you need to prepare for important decisions about your health, dental, and vision plans at the Virtual Benefits Fair for state employees. View on-demand webinars year-round.

The CalHR Open Enrollment Team is happy to announce the return of In-Person Benefit Fairs.

On Sept. 6 and Sept. 21, 2023, CalHR has partnered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Department of State Hospitals – Metropolitan to host In-Person Benefit Fairs for state employees. During the in-person fairs, state employees can communicate directly with benefit vendors to discover their options and get answers they need to prepare for important decisions about their CalPERS health plans, and CalHR dental, vision and voluntary benefit plans. Attend the in-person fairs at one of the locations and times listed below:

Northern CA

Department of Motor Vehicles

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Location: DMV HQ, 2415 1st Ave, Sacramento, CA 95818

Parking: The event is outside on the south side of the DMV HQ building. For questions or parking information, email prior to the day of the event

Southern CA

Department of State Hospitals

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2023

Time: 10:00-2:00

Location: DSH-Metropolitan11401 Bloomfield Avenue

Norwalk, CA 90650

Parking: The event will be held in the James Hall Auditorium. Please use the parking lot that is adjacent to James Hall Auditorium.

The CalHR Benefits Team is happy to announce virtual Brown Bag Sessions for HR Professionals to provide an opportunity to ask questions to improve guidance and support for their department employees. For more information and to attend a virtual Brown bag Session, please visit the State HR Professionals webpage. The HR Professionals Open Enrollment Resource page is password protected. If you are an HR Professional and you are seeking access to the HR Professionals webpage, please contact

Benefits Calculator

The Benefits Calculator tool will help state employees calculate employee contribution rates for health, dental and vision benefits and compare plans to make informed benefits financial decisions. To use the Benefits Calculator, click here!

For information regarding CalPERS health plans and eligibility, please visit CalPERS.

Open Enrollment Resources

Please find copies of official announcement for Open Enrollment and Open Enrollment Events

Open Enrollment Save The Date

Open Enrollment Poster

Official Announcement to State Employees

For 2024 Open Enrollment benefit material including flyers and handbooks please view the Virtual Bookshelf.

Bookshelf with books

Click on the boxes below to access more information about the plans, coverage, and benefit highlights

Vision Benefits

Voluntary Benefits

CalHR Benefits Calculator

Health Benefits

Work & Engagement Benefits

State HR Professionals

Dental Benefits

State Retiree Open Enrollment Resources

Open Enrollment FAQs