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Open Enrollment for Employees 2022

Open Enrollment 2021

Has Ended

All changes will be effective January 1, 2021 

About Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is your opportunity to review/change your current benefit plan elections and ensure they continue to meet the needs of you and your family.  It is also your opportunity to add or remove dependents from your health plans.


Choosing your benefit plans is an important decision. On this benefits website you can find links to information on the benefit plans for 2021, enrollment instructions, benefits video library as well as additional tools and resources to assist you in making the right coverage choices for you and your family below.

To elect your 2021 benefit changes to your medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending plans, you can log in to ESS from any computer connected to the City network.  If you do not know your password you can contact the City's IT Service desk at (253) 591-2057.


How to Review Your Benefits

To review your current benefit elections for 2020, log in to Employee Self Service (ESS) through Gnet or Unet, or by going to cityoftacoma.org/ESS from any computer connected to the City network.  However, if you have VPN access you can log in to ESS outside a City work location.

If you have difficulty logging in to ESS, contact the IT Service Desk at (253) 591-2057 during their regular business hours of 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.


Webinar Link 

Click the icon above to view the recorded 2021 Open Enrollment presentation


If you chose to add a dependent you must also submit your Dependent Eligibility Verification Form and supporting documentation to the Benefits office no later than November 24, 2020.


How to Submit Supporting Documentation

  • Scan and email to benefits@cityoftacoma.org
  • USPS Mail: Human Resources Benefits, 747 Market Street, Room 1420, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Interoffice mail to Human Resources-Benefits TMB 1420

Active Employee Open Enrollment Documents

Dependent Eligibility Verification Form

Domestic Partner Imputed Income Rates

Benefit Rates for Part Time Employees

Waiver form for FT employees (Proof of other benefits coverage required)

Waiver form for PT employees (Proof of other benefits coverage required)


Retiree Open Enrollment Documents

RETIREE Benefit Enrollment and Change Form

RETIREE Dependent Eligibility Form

RETIREE High Deductible Plan Disclaimer Form

RETIREE Benefits at a Glance


Helpful Information

Open Enrollment FAQ

Employee Self Service Help Document

Open Enrollment Benefits Newsletter

Open Enrollment Newsletter - (Local 6 Only)

Open Enrollment Newsletter - Rail (BLET, SMART-TD, Yardmasters)


PTO Open Enrollment

PTO Enrollment Form and Information


Deferred Compensation

ICMA 2021 Deferred Comp Enrollment/Change Form - All Employees

Nationwide 2021 Deferred Comp Enrollment/Change Form - Local 31 Only

Changes using these forms take effect 1/1/2021. 


Deferred Compensation plan limits for 2021

Employee Contribution Limits (except Commissioned Police and Fire)

Deferred Compensation Open Enrollment (Police Local 6 Only)

Deferred Compensation Open Enrollment (Police Local 26 Only)

Deferred Compensation Open Enrollment (Fire Local 31 Only)

Deferred Compensation Open Enrollment (PPSMA Only)