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2019 RETIREE Enrollment and Change Period

October 15 - December 7, 2018

The Enrollment and Change period is the time when you can make changes to your health and dental insurance. Please use this enrollment and change period as an opportunity to review your benefits.  

Detail information about the 2019 Enrollment and Change period is the Enrollment and Change booklet mailed to your home.

2019 Retiree Enrollment and Change booklet

2019 Enrollment and Change Resources


Retiree Presentations Iowa Choice and National Choice 
- On-site presentations Iowa Choice/National Choice Options Comparison 
 Webinars Group Program F and Group Program N
2019 Retirees Health and Dental Premiums  Group Program F Summary 
2019 Health Premiums (Non-Medicare-eligible) Group Program N Summary
2019 Health Premiums (Medicare-eligible)  
2019 Dental Premiums  

Retiree Applications and Forms

Group Retiree Application (use for Iowa Choice, National Choice, Group Program F, and Group Program N)
MedicareBlue Rx Applications

Group MedicareBlue Rx - Iowa  ($10/$30/$50/$50 (GEN) (use for Iowa Choice or National Choice
Group MedicareBlue Rx - Basic  ($10/$30/$50/$50 (GEN) (use for Group Program F or Group Program N
Group MedicareBlue Rx - Plus ($10/$25/$40/25%) (use for Group Program F or Group Program N)

Delta Dental
Delta Dental 
Automatic Payment Authorization Forms
Wellmark Automatic Payment Authorization 
Group MedicareBlue Rx Automatic Payment Authorization 
Delta Dental Automatic Payment Authorization


 Group MedicareBlue Rx Resources



Contact Information 

Department of Administrative Services – Human Resources Enterprise  866-895-2464 
Wellmark, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa – Customer Service 800-622-0043  
Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)  800-351-4664
MedicareBlue Rx – Customer Service 877-838-3827  

2019 Benefit Highlights

The Enrollment and Change period is your opportunity to review benefit options and choose the coverage best suited to you for 2019.

Health and Dental Enrollment for 2019

  • If you do not want to make any changes to your health or dental coverage for 2019, you do not need to take action. Your options will automatically roll over from last year.

Iowa Choice and National Choice

  • There have been NO CHANGES to the Iowa Choice and National Choice's benefit design, deductibles, coinsurance, or copays for 2019. There have been changes to plan premiums. 

New Wellmark ID Cards

Due to a system change, Wellmark will be issuing new ID cards to all employees and retirees this year.

  • You will receive a new Wellmark ID card even if you do not make new elections for 2019.
  • If you make a new health insurance election, DAS will need your application by December 1, 2018, for you to receive your new ID card before January 1, 2019.
  • If DAS receives your new application after December 1, 2018, you may not receive your ID card before January 1, 2019, but you will still have coverage.
  • ● You will NOT be getting a new MedicareBlue Rx ID card unless you make a change for 2019.

Dental Insurance Open Enrollment

  • Dental open enrollment is now offered annually for retirees. During the Enrollment and Change period, you may change your coverage level and/or add eligible family members to your coverage. If you do not actively change your dental insurance election, your 2018 coverage will automatically roll over for 2019.
  • If you drop State of Iowa dental coverage, you cannot rejoin the group at a later date unless you have been continuously covered under your spouse or domestic partner’s State-sponsored dental plan.

Get Added to the Email Database

The Department of Administrative Services is creating a database of retiree email addresses, allowing us to send you timely information regarding your benefits.

  • We will continue to mail Enrollment and Change and other retiree information to your home.
  • Your email address will only be used by the Iowa Department of Administrative Services for business purposes.
  • You can unsubscribe from receiving these emails at any time.
  • If you want to be added to the mailing list, please send your email address to

Change Health Plan Options for 2019

If you choose to enroll in a different 2019 retiree health insurance option, the following chart can help you decide if you need to submit a new Wellmark application. Choose your 2018
health plan option on the left and follow across to see what action is required for you to choose a different option for 2019:


updated 10/19/2018