Open Enrollment is January 9-31, 2023
Mental, physical and financial health are essential as we serve our community in this post-pandemic world, so please make sure you’re taking advantage of the many benefits available to you. You can use the January 9–31, 2023, open enrollment period to make any of these updates:
Change your medical plan option
Add or drop covered dependents*
Purchase or discontinue optional life insurance or optional long-term disability
Enroll or disenroll in dependent care and/or health FSAs to make your 2023 contributions
*Court-ordered dependents require a termination of medical support notice to be dropped. Dependents added during open enrollment will be covered beginning February 25, 2023. Dependents dropped during open enrollment will be covered through February 24, 2023. Any plan and optional benefits changes during open enrollment become effective March 1, 2023.
The County is moving its benefits plan year to align with the calendar year in 2024, so this upcoming 2023 plan year will run from March 1 through December 31.
If you’re satisfied with your current benefit selections, there is no action needed. You’ll automatically continue with it.
Know Your Options
Medical, dental, vision, financial and wellness benefits are all available to you. For medical plans, you can choose a Base Plan or a Plus Plan.
The Base Plan is designed to keep your monthly costs low through higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. You’ll pay more for services that you use, but you’ll pay the lowest premiums.
With the Plus Plan, you’ll pay a higher monthly premium, but your deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums and costs for services will be lower.
You can find details on all benefits options in the 2023 Employee Benefits Guide. Happily, the Commissioners Court approved to keep our premiums and benefits the same this upcoming plan year, so there is no increase to what you contribute from your paycheck or pay out of pocket to access care and services.
We're Here to Help
In addition to your Employee Benefits Guide, you can also get more information on plans and programs, and get your questions answered, by joining us remotely for a Virtual Enrollment Meeting.
All Virtual Enrollment Meetings were recorded. Click on any date to watch or re-watch the webinar.
The open enrollment period is January 9–31, 2023, so you need to be ready to act then. Enrollment is all online through STARS Employee Self-Service at stars-hr.hctx.net.
That’s where you’ll go to make your benefit selections, add/drop your dependents, upload documentation and more. Remember, STARS is only accessible from within the Harris County network.
Get a Head Start
If you’re adding dependents, you don’t have to wait for the open enrollment period to get started. You can gather your documentation now and have it ready for upload when you log in to STARS Employee Self-Service during the open enrollment period. If you need technical assistance accessing STARS Employee Self-Service, please contact the Universal Services Helpdesk at 713-274-4444.
Dependents without supporting documentation uploaded in STARS will not be added to your plan. Please upload documentation by January 27, 2023.