Health care rates to be posted before enrollment begins

Question

When will we know the updated rates for our health care plans? It’s tough to make a decision on open enrollment this month without knowing how much more each option will cost 2016-2017.

Response

The rates are posted usually a few days before open enrollment starts. This year, open enrollment begins Friday, April 15.  The rates will be posted on our main site, www.alaska.edu/benefits. Employees will have just over a full month to make a decision on what plan to enroll in. We are looking at a 10 percent increase this year due to increased claims and lower enrollments.

— Erika  Van Flein, UA director of benefits