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ERSC to Reinstate Qualifying Life Event Requirement for Benefit Enrollments or Changes Outside of Open Enrollment

On January 1, 2023, MCPS will reinstate the requirement that an employee or retiree must experience a qualifying life event to enroll in or make changes to their benefit plan outside of annual Open Enrollment.

In the early months of COVID-19, the federal government released guidelines regarding employer benefit plans. One reason was to provide individuals more flexibility during the pandemic when needing to enroll in or change their benefits. As a result, MCPS employees and retirees were able to enroll in benefits or make changes to existing benefits at any time, with or without having experienced a qualifying life event.