Department of Management Services

2019 Open Enrollment Tips

  • Open Enrollment for the 2019 plan year starts Monday, Oct. 15, at 8 a.m. and ends Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern)
  • Contact the insurance companies directly to be sure the plan you want has more than one provider you like. You cannot change plans during the year if your doctor or dentist leaves the network, does not accept new patients, or does not have reasonable appointment times.
  • Review your personalized benefits statement carefully. It includes important information about your benefit options for next year and the cost of each option.
  • Know your People First password. If you have not logged in to People First in the last 90 days, the website will prompt you to change your password online. Visit People First to learn more.
  • Avoid the rush—make changes early through People First. Making online changes is convenient and allows you to see all your available options at once.
  • Select the right coverage level, such as individual or family, employee or employee plus spouse, etc.
  • Enrolling eligible dependents is a two-step process. You must:
    1. Register them by entering their personal information, including Social Security numbers, in People First.
    2. Enroll them by adding them to each plan you choose.


People First Service Center representatives are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time at 866-663-4735. TTY users should call 866-221-0268.

Enrolling Dependents

When you enroll in family coverage, you may also register and enroll your eligible dependents. You must have their Social Security number, and you may be required to submit documentation proving their eligibility.

Take Time │ Take Action

Chapter 60P, Florida Administrative Code, and the Internal Revenue Code govern eligibility and enrollment for the State Group Insurance program. Choose your plans carefully. Once you enroll, you must remain in the plans you select unless you have an appropriate qualifying event (Adobe PDF Document 275.23 KB) that would allow you to make a change.