The 2021 Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) open enrollment period has been extended to May 14.
Documents postmarked by May 14 will be accepted. If you have already submitted an EC-1 or EC-1H form and would like to amend your form, please complete another form and write “Amendment” in the top right corner. Submit your amended form to your employer by May 14.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association suggests members take some time to carefully assess their current health plan enrollment(s) and the health plans available during open enrollment this month. It is in every member’s best interest to analyze the health plans available and decide which plan(s) best meet their family’s health care needs, taking cost and coverage into consideration. You are not required to do anything if you wish to remain with your current plan.
HSTA’s current contract expires on June 30, 2021. The HSTA and the State are currently negotiating the next contract which would begin on July 1, 2021. HSTA members who are logged in with their registered accounts can view the latest password-protected negotiations updates here. So far the state is only willing to agree to continue the current rate that the employer contributes towards health care premiums. Unless the HSTA and the employer reach an agreement regarding increasing the employer’s share of the contributions toward health care plan premiums prior to April 23, we will miss the legislative deadline for collective bargaining increases to be included in the respective budget bills. At the current pace of bargaining, it is unlikely we will meet the April 23 deadline.
This means employees will have to absorb any premium increase until the point at which the parties reach a negotiated agreement and the Legislature is back in session to pass a funding bill for the increased employer share of the cost. Therefore, a careful review of your plan taking into consideration the increased health coverage costs starting July 1 is all the more important.
During the open enrollment period, you may:
- Add a plan, change from one plan to another, or drop a plan.
- Add an eligible dependent or remove a dependent.
- Change coverage tiers, such as changing from self to family or family to two-party.
If you decide to keep your current plans, you don’t need to take action. You are not required to complete any forms to continue your current coverage.
If you are making changes, complete and submit the EC-1 (or EC-1H for those enrolled in HSTA VB benefit plans) enrollment forms. Please note, if you are enrolled in an HSTA VB plan and elect to leave that plan, you will not be able to return.
- April 1–May 14, 2021: Open enrollment election period
- July 1, 2021: Rate changes effective
- July 20, 2021 through July 5, 2022: New premiums deducted from paycheck
- July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022: Plan period
HIDOE employees must submit enrollment forms and required supporting documents to the DOE-EBU Office, P.O. Box 2360, Honolulu, HI 96804.
Open enrollment forms will be processed during the months of May and June. You will be mailed a confirmation notice by the end of June, once your enrollment changes have been processed.