May 22, 2024

Open Enrollment Health Care, FSA, Legal Resources, Through May 15

Dear Colleagues,

Open Enrollment 2024 begins today! The period to enroll in or make changes to your health benefits is May 1 – May 15.  Please see below for important information and reminders.


The VA Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) mailed a Spotlight on Your Benefits publication to eligible employees’ home address of record on or around April 8. The Spotlight newsletter contains Health Insurance and Flexible Spending Open Enrollment information including premiums and plan changes.  Please note plan changes on page 2. DHRM also sent an all-employee email (see below) on April 23, it included an electronic Spotlight publication and additional open enrollment information.  The open enrollment page is located at


• Enroll in or change your health plan.
• Elect or remove optional buy-ups for COVA Care, COVA HDHP and COVA HealthAware.
• Waive coverage.
• Add or remove family members

During Open Enrollment (May 1 to May 15) make your request via Cardinal ESS (please ensure you click submit for submission of your request) or complete a paper enrollment form and drop it off (in a sealed envelope) to Office of Human Resources, Fairfax House (2nd Floor of GW is closed).


• Have no health plan-related changes, (current plan will continue)
• Are not enrolling in an FSA (requires annual enrollment each year), or
• Do not plan to participate in Premium Rewards.


Current premium rewards end June 30, 2024. Employees must complete and submit a health assessment during Open Enrollment using their current health plan member website or mobile app to receive a Premium Reward for July 1, 2024. Additional information on Premium Rewards is available in the Spotlight and on the OE page:


Protect you and your family for $18 a month for covered legal services: ) or see attached for brochure and enrollment form

  • General Advice and Consultation.
  • Wills and Estate Planning.
  • Preparation and review of routine Legal Documents.
  • Family and Elder Law.
  • Traffic Violations.
  • Real Estate.
  • Criminal and Civil Matters.
  • Consumer Related and Credit Protection.
  • Identity Theft.

If you have any questions please contact Denise Frye, Benefits Administrator, at or Janet Hudgins, Benefits Analyst, at  Paper enrollment forms must be received in HR on or before May 15 to be effective July 1.