The CSU Open Enrollment period has ended.
Every year the CSU reviews the benefit plans offered to retirees and their eligible dependents. We continue to work to provide benefits that not only meet the long-term institutional obligations of the CSU plans, but also encourages a sustainable option for covered members.
This is the time of year to re-evaluate your existing benefits elections, discover the benefit plans that are best for you and your family, and make changes that best fit your needs. Plan changes will be effective as of January 1, 2024.
Actions You Can Take During Open Enrollment:
Review your health plan to understand changes for 2024. If no enrollment changes are made to the health*, dental or vision plans, coverage will remain the same in 2024.
For health or dental eligibility, contact
CalPERS at 888-225-7377. For vision plan questions, contact
Vision Service Plan (VSP) at 800-400-4569.
Health Plan Rate Changes
Effective January 1, 2024, rates for most health plans will change.
HealthNet Smart Care Removed from the CalPERS Health Program
Effective January 1, 2024, HealthNet Smart Care will no longer be an available health plan to CSU employees. Employees who are in this plan will need to elect a different health plan coverage during Open Enrollment. Employees currently enrolled in HealthNet Smart Care will be administratively transferred to Blue Shield Access+ effective January 1, 2024 if they don’t make a plan change. Members in Napa County will be transferred to Western Health Advantage, effective January 1, 2024 if a plan change is not made.
Health Plan Expansions
Blue Shield Access+ EPO plan expansion into Del Norte and San Benito counties.
UnitedHealthcare Harmony HMO plan expansion into Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.
Health Plan Exit
Anthem Traditional from Glenn County: Members, and their dependents who live in Glenn County who do not choose another health plan during Open Enrollment, will automatically be enrolled in Blue Shield Access+ effective January 1, 2024.
Please make sure you carefully consider all your plan options during this open enrollment. For more information on Health Plan changes, please visit CalPERS' Website.
CalPERS is your Health Benefits Officer and administers health insurance coverage for CSU retirees. You may change your health plan online during Open Enrollment by logging onto
my|CalPERS and following the instructions.
You may also call CalPERS at 888-225-7377 to make changes. Complete the
CalPERS Health Enrollment Retirees (PDF) form before calling.
State Employer Contribution Amounts
The state pays a portion of your health insurance premium. You must pay the difference between the state contribution amount and the premium for the health plan in which you’re enrolled.
The state employer contribution amounts for 2024 are:
Find your plan’s monthly premium in one of these documents to determine your monthly cost:2024 In State Health Plan Rates (PDF)2024 Out of State Health Plan Rates (PDF)
CalPERS maintains the dental benefit enrollment records for all eligible CSU retirees and processes retirees' dental enrollments.
You can now choose between the Basic Plans (Delta Dental PPO Basic, DeltaCare USA Basic) (at no cost) and the Enhanced Plans (Delta Dental PPO Voluntary Enhanced II, Delta Care USA Voluntary Enhanced). For an additional monthly fee, you can enroll in the same Enhanced Plan you had as a California State University active employee. If you want to keep the same type of plan (Delta Dental PPO vs DeltaCare USA) but want to enroll in the enhanced coverage, make sure to select the correct enhanced plan (see the chart below). If you are uncertain which plan you are currently enrolled in (Delta Dental PPO Basic or DeltaCare USA Basic), contact Delta Dental or CalPERS (contact information is below). You may also choose to enroll in Basic coverage if you are currently enrolled in Enhanced coverage during open enrollment. Keep in mind, you and your dependents must be enrolled in the same type and level of coverage.
Compare the dental plans for CSU retirees:
Retiree Dental Comparison Charts (PDF)
To enroll in the Enhanced Plan, Basic Plan, or make other changes, complete the
CSU Retiree Dental Change/Enrollment Form and fax or mail to CalPERS.
For more information about the plans or your current coverage, visit Delta Dental’s website at
Delta Dental or call Customer Service at 800-626-3108 for Delta Dental PPO and 844-519-8751 for DeltaCare USA.
If you have questions regarding your enrollment or eligibility, contact CalPERS, Member Account Management Division at 888-225-7377 or visit
FAX THIS FORM TO: (800) 959-6545, or MAIL THIS FORM TO:
CalPERS – Health Account Management Division P.O. Box 942715 - Sacramento, CA 94229-2715 To be processed, this form must be faxed or received by CalPERS no later than October 13, 2024.
To keep your current Plan, no action is required. You and all your eligible dependents will be enrolled in the same plan.
The CSU pays 100 percent of the monthly premium cost for the Basic Plan dental coverage for all retirees and their eligible dependents, which includes a spouse or registered domestic partner and/or children up to age 26.
Diagnostic and Preventive (D&P) Waiver for the Delta Dental PPO Basic Plan When you visit a PPO dentist, your diagnostic and preventive services (like cleanings and exams) will not count against your annual maximum. No action necessary to receive this benefit.
Diagnostic and Preventive (D&P) Waiver for the Delta Dental PPO Voluntary Enhanced Plan When you visit a PPO dentist, your diagnostic and preventive services (like cleanings and exams) will not count against your annual maximum. No action necessary to receive this benefit.
Diagnostic-Preventive Waiver for Retirees (PDF)
SmileWay Wellness Benefit The SmileWay Wellness Benefit offers enhanced coverage for retirees who qualify as “higher risk” (meaning those with a diagnosed medical condition such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, Huntington’s disease, joint replacement, lupus, opioid misuse and addiction, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome or stroke).
Expanded coverage includes one periodontal scaling and root planning procedure per quadrant of the mouth, per calendar year, covered at 100 percent. Also included is four (4) of any combination of yearly cleanings or periodontal maintenance. To use this benefit, retirees must opt in by calling Delta Dental at 800-626-3108
SmileWay Wellness Benefits for Retirees (PDF)
The CSU and Vision Service Plan (VSP) offer you a choice of two vision plans: Basic or Premier. The VSP Premier plan offers a higher level of benefits for lenses, contacts and frames.
2024 VSP Retiree Benefit Summary (PDF) to determine which plan best suits your vision needs.
Monthly Vision Costs The cost is deducted directly from your state retirement warrant. If you don’t have enough in your warrant to cover the cost, you will be billed directly by VSP.
There are two ways to enroll:
Effective January 1, 2024 voluntary legal insurance benefits will now be provided by ARAG®. You’ll receive greater legal protection at a lower price. ARAG offers you access to local network attorneys who can help you address life’s legal situations. Plus, network attorney fees are 100% paid in full for most covered matters. ARAG legal plan coverage can only be enrolled in during Open Enrollment.
CSU Retirees have 60 days to enroll becoming effective the first of the month following date of separation. Retirees can enroll in the ARAG legal plan during the CSU annual open enrollment period.
To enroll or learn more about this plan and/or to enroll visit,
View more information on the
ARAG At A Glance Flyer.
CSU retirees are able to enroll, change or cancel the above benefits during Open Enrollment for plan year 2024. See
Other Benefits for a complete listing of benefits available to retirees.