Benefits Open Enrollment

October 11 - November 5, 2021

For Current Employees

The information on this page is for active employees. If you are a retiree, please view the Retiree Open Enrollment website.

Open Enrollment for 2022 benefits will start on October 11 and end on November 5, 2021. This is your annual opportunity to review your medical, dental, and flexible spending account (FSA) elections and make decisions about what might best fit your needs. Elections made during open enrollment will become effective January 1, 2022. To get a preview of what's new for 2022, watch our Open Enrollment Sneak Peek video:


Benefits Open Enrollment Events

The Office of Benefit Services (OBS) will be hosting virtual sessions to discuss 2022 benefits for active employees. Chat with benefit vendors and OBS staff to get answers to your questions. View the virtual open house schedule below.

Date  Time Session Link
October 15
4 - 6 p.m.
October 20
4 - 6 p.m.
October 28
4 - 6 p.m.
November 2
4 - 6 p.m.

To Register and Attend a Virtual Open House:

  1. Click on the session link posted for the open house you would like to attend. You will be asked to create an account using your preferred email and password.
  2. Complete registration for the event by entering your name and employment status. A confirmation email with the session link will be sent to the email address you provided. 
  3. On the day of the event, use the session link that was emailed to you to access the virtual open house "lobby".
  4. Move around the lobby and choose to enter “booths”. When you enter a booth, you have the opportunity to review posted materials and/or chat one-on-one with a representative.

    Please note: Employees are encouraged to pre-register before the day of the event to ensure they can access.


Making Changes to Your 2022 Benefits

Employees can log into UConnect beginning 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021, to review their current benefit elections and make any necessary changes. You login information is your FCPS user ID and password. To access, UConnect, you must be connected to the FCPS network or through VPN. Login instructions are posted on the UConnect website. UConnect provides immediate notification that elections have been completed.

UConnect is available until Friday, November 5, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. If you will be requesting to coverage for a spouse/dependent not currently enrolled, you must submit the required documentation supporting your dependent(s) eligibility to the Office of Benefit Services prior to the end of Open Enrollment. View the Dependent Eligibility Chart to see the list of required documents.

Don't forget to visit ALEX, the online Benefits Counselor! This interactive tool that will walk you through your FCPS benefit options and provide personalized assistance along the way. When you talk to ALEX, he'll ask you a few questions about your health care needs and explain different aspects of each benefit (including plan details and premiums). If you have questions, ALEX has answers! Meet ALEX at

Following Open Enrollment, all eligible employees will receive confirmation via their FCPS email addresses verifying their elections for 2022.


Benefit Plan Vendors

Here's a list of vendors for the medical, dental, and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Each vendor maintains a website designed especially for FCPS. These sites have a number of tools to help you understand your benefits and provider networks. Additionally, the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) for each health plan can be found on the medical vendors' websites. Please click on the links below for more information about each benefit plan.

Health Plans

Aetna/Innovation Health, CareFirst, and Kaiser Permanente continue as approved vendors in 2022. 

Aetna/Innovation Health
CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage
Kaiser Permanente

(Prescription plan for Aetna/Innovation Health and CareFirst members)


Dental Plans

FCPS continues to offer you a choice of two dental plans: Aetna Dental Preferred Provider Organization (DPPO) or Aetna Dental Network Only (DNO).

Aetna Dental


Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is an IRS tax-favored account you can use for eligible out-of-pocket expenses. FCPS offers two types of FSA: Health Care and Dependent Day Care. FSA accounts will be administered by Optum Bank.

Optum Bank


Employee Benefits Resources

•    2022 Employee Benefits Briefing
•    2022 Employee Premiums

To view current 2021 benefit information, please visit the Benefits Publications and Resources website.