Before electing your healthcare benefits, consider what is important for you and your family’s healthcare needs – for example, which family members to enroll, which medical plan vendor you want to provide your coverage, and whether you want to add dental and vision coverage to the mix.
Once you enroll in benefits, your only opportunity to make a change is during an open enrollment period or within 31 days of a qualifying life event (e.g., marriage, birth/adoption of a child, loss of other coverage).
You are eligible for medical, dental, and vision benefits if you are a:
Regular full-time or part-time employee
Limited-term full-time or part-time employee (exempt or non-exempt)
When you enroll for benefits, you can also enroll your family members:
Children up to age 26 (includes biological children, adopted children, children placed for adoption, legal guardianship, stepchildren, and children covered under a qualified medical child support order)
Healthcare coverage is retroactive to your start date with Sandia, and you need to be sure to enroll in your selected plans within your first 31 days of employment. Check out New to Benefits for more information.
The elections you make during open enrollment are effective from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of the following year. For example, you will make enrollment elections in Nov. 2020, with coverage effective from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2021.
The next time you need to see a doctor or nurse after hours or while on a trip, consider a virtual visit.
All three of Sandia’s medical vendors offer secure, online visits with a board-certified doctor from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Although BCBSNM, UHC, and Kaiser use different platforms for this service, all give you the benefit of shorter wait times, lower cost, and 24/7 availability.