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​Six Months of Employment

Congratulations on completing six months of employment with the commonwealth.  After six months of employment*, you become eligible for our supplemental benefit program and possibly reduced costs for other programs.

*Effective Jan. 1, 2020, employees will become eligible after 90 days.

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​What benefits am I now eligible for, what are the costs and how do I enroll?

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​Important note: Costs will be different for part-time employees.  Please call the HR Service Center for details.

  • No dependent buyup for Basic PPO and HMO
  • No cost for prescription coverage if enrolled in a medical plan.
  • No cost for supplemental coverage, which includes dental, vision, and hearing aid reimbursement plans if enrolled in a medical plan.

If you enrolled in medical coverage during onboarding, you will have been pre-enrolled in prescription coverage as of your six-month point (90 days as of 1/1/20).  No further action is required to enroll you in this coverage.  If you did not enroll in coverage during onboarding and wish to self-enroll at 6-months, please call the HR Service Center to enroll.

If you wish to enroll dependents and/or a spouse into PEBTF coverage as of your six-month point, The PEBTF Employee With Child and/or Spouse packet will explain exactly what forms and documentation are needed.

If you have additional questions about the benefit programs or how to enroll, please refer to the HR Services for Commonwealth Employees list to find out who to contact for more information.

How do I update my beneficiaries?​

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 You may be enrolled in other plans offered by the commonwealth. You should review your designated beneficiaries. 

If you have questions, you may contact each provider directly or complete and follow the submission instructions on the forms provided below:

​Benefit​Provider Website​Form

​Retirement

State Employees' Retirement Systems (SERS)

 

​To designate or change your beneficiary you must print, sign and mail the SERS Beneficary Form.

​Commonwealth-provided life, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance

MetLife 

Or, login through ESS at Benefits>Other Benefits>Metlife MyBenefits

MetLife Beneficiary Designation Form

​Supplemental Employee and/or dependent life insurance

Prudential

Prudential Beneficiary Designation Form

​Deferred Compensation

Empowerment Retirement​To designate or change your beneficiary you must print, sign and mail the SERS Beneficary Form.

 

​Are there other insurance programs I should review?

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The commonwealth offers several optional insurance programs you may want to consider.  If you already participate in any of these plans, you should review your current choices to ensure they continue to meet your needs.  You may purchase additional life insurance for yourself or your eligible dependents. Likewise, you may also purchase short-term and/or long-term disability coverage. 

For more information, please contact Prudential at 800.893.7316 or visit the website for commonwealth employees. For detailed information or to enroll in critical illness insurance, please contact MetLife at 877.755.7480 x2001 or visit the website for commonwealth employees.