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Benefits Open Enrollment is Almost Here! 

November 1st - 15th, 2021


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What You Need to Know

The Benefits Open Enrollment period is an annual opportunity for eligible employees to enroll in or make changes to benefit plans for the upcoming 2022 calendar year. This is the only time you are eligible to make changes unless you have a qualifying life event, such as a family or employment change. All changes made during this open enrollment period, will be effective January 1, 2022.

During This Open Enrollment Period You Can:

Add, cancel, or change your coverage, add or remove eligible family members, enroll or re-enroll in the Medical Spending and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts.

IMPORTANT: Flexible Spending Account’s (FSA) do not roll over, if you want to keep your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) account for 2022, you must re-elect for this benefit!  If you do not want a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) in 2022 and have no changes to make to your current elections, you do not have to do anything!

Complete Your Wellness Activities and Save an Estimated $1,000! 

SAV4Health Wellness activities are due by November 15th, 2021, for assistance contact the Care Coordinators at 1-866-360-7926. 

Online Enrollment for ALL! Convenient Access from Work or Home!

  • Access the Lawson Self Service portal at: 
  • Select: Bookmarks > Employee Self Service > Benefits > Open Enrollment
  • You will need your City of Savannah (COS) email and password. If you do not have your COS email/password or receive an error message, please contact the IT help desk at 912-651-3282.

Want to Know More About Open Enrollment?

Open Enrollment page goes LIVE November 1st, on this Benefits Website!


NEW: Three Dental Plan Options – Basic, High and Platinum

  • High Plan - Annual Maximum Increase to $1,500
  • Platinum Plan - $2,000 annual maximum and $1,500 lifetime on orthodontics for eligible dependents.

NEW: Vision Carrier Change – National Vision Administrators (NVA)

  • Lower rates!
  • Frame and/or contact allowances increased to $200!

NEW: Flexible Spending Administrator

  • New vendor has 98% success rate of processing reimbursements without receipts.
  • Be on the lookout for new FSA cards!

NEW: Accident Insurance and Critical Illness Carrier Changed to Hartford

  • Accident Insurance: Lower rates & better benefits! All employees currently enrolled in Accident coverage will automatically rollover to Hartford unless you cancel coverage during Open Enrollment.
  • Critical Illness Insurance: For most employees currently enrolled in the Critical Illness plan, rates will be lower with much better benefits. All employees currently enrolled in Critical Illness coverage will automatically rollover to the Hartford unless you cancel coverage or arrange for home billing during the Open Enrollment period.
    • Includes a COVID-19 Benefit -  pays a 25% benefit if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 and they spend five or more days in a hospital due to the condition. (example:  if you elect a $10,000 benefit, it will pay $2,500. For a $30,0000 benefit, it pays $7,500)

NEW: Claims Administrator - HPI 

  • The claims administrator will be changing from UMR to HPI. New medical cards will be mailed out by 1/1/2022.

Need Help?

The Benefits Team Will be On-site From 8:00AM - 4:00PM at the Following Locations If You Need Assistance Completing Online Enrollment

  • November 1st –5th: Vehicle Maintenance Facility                                           6900 Sallie Mood Dr. Savannah, GA 31406
  • November 8th - 15th (EXCEPT Nov 11th, in observance of Veterans Day):   Savannah Police Department (SPD) Professional Development Center    3401 Edwin St, Savannah GA 31405

Creative Worksite Solutions On-site for Voluntary Benefits Enrollment

(Accident Insurance, Cancer Insurance, Critical Illness and Short-Term Disability)

  • November 4th - 10AM to 4:PM: Vehicle Maintenance
  • November 5th - 10AM to 3PM: Vehicle Maintenance
  • November 12th - 10AM to 4PM: SPD Prof. Dev. Center
  • November 15th - 10AM to 4PM: SPD Prof. Dev. Center

MissionSquare Retirement (Formerly ICMA) Will be On-site for One-On-One Consultations About Your 457/ROTH Retirement Savings Plan(s)

Click Here to Schedule an Appointment

You may also contact your MissionSquare representatives directly:

Save the Date! 

November 1st - November 15th

Benefits Open Enrollment

 Online Enrollment for ALL! Convenient access from work, home, ANYWHERE!!

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Pre-Open Enrollment Checklist

1. Test Your Online Access

Confirm you can access the Lawson Employee Self Service Portal at:  Select: Bookmarks>Employee Self Service>Benefits

You will need your City of Savannah (COS) email and password If you do not have your COS email/password or receive an error message please contact the IT help desk at 651-3282

2. Review Your Current Benefits 

Go to the Lawson Self Service Portal Select: Bookmarks > Employee Self Service > Current Benefits  

IMPORTANT: Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) DO NOT rollover, you MUST re-enroll EVERY YEAR!

3. Verify Your Address

New Medical, Vision, and FSA cards will be issued, make sure your current address is on file with us. If you need to update your address, please complete an Address Update Request

4. Text "Forward Blast" to 55498

We will remind you when open enrollment is here and when it’s about to close so you don’t miss anything!

5. Complete Your Wellness Activities

Don’t miss out on saving an estimated $1,000 on 2022 medical premiums. Complete your wellness activities today! Deadline is November 15, 2021!

You must self report wellness activities and you can do so in 3 ways:

Click here for more information on the SAV4Health Premium Incentive 


Attention all City of Savannah Employees

St. Joseph’s/Candler will be offering Flu Clinics at the Professional Development Center (Multipurpose Room) located at 3401 Edwin Street, Savannah GA 31405:

  • Monday, October 4th from 8:00-11:00am
  • Monday, October 25th 8:00-11:00am
  • Monday, November 15th 1:00-4:00pm 

Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May.   Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.  Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized.  Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days. 

Symptoms vary by age, but can include:

  • fever/chills 
  •  sore throat 
  •  muscle aches 
  •  fatigue 
  •  cough 
  •  headache 
  •  runny or stuffy nose 

The Flu vaccine can:

  • keep you from getting flu  
  • make flu less severe if you do get it
  • keep you from spreading the flu to your family and other people 

Protect yourself and your family, get your flu vaccine!

All City employees/dependents on the City Health plan can also get a flu vaccination at any pharmacy providing vaccinations by showing their medical card. **Please note flu vaccinations are not covered via the Minute Clinic they are only covered if given at the pharmacy with your City of Savannah Health Insurance card.** 

The New $500 Vaccination Incentive Is Here!

Each member of Team Savannah has a role to play in keeping our City safe as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The higher our vaccination rate, the healthier our City will be. 

To promote and protect the health and safety of our workspaces, the citizens we serve and co-workers, the City announced a new vaccination incentive program last week.

Drum Roll… Here’s How It Works   

All active full and part-time permanent City of Savannah employees will receive a one-time vaccination supplement of $500 with verified evidence as determined by our third-party provider by the established deadline of November 15th.   

Payouts Will Be Processed Accordingly:

  • Employees who received their vaccination through the on-site City-organized vaccination clinics prior to Sept.1. will receive their $500 incentive by September 24th, 2021
  • Employees who submit their records to the third-party vendor and have their information verified by October 10th will receive their $500 incentive by October 22nd, 2021
  • Employees who submit their records to the third-party vendor and have their information verified by November 15th will receive their $500 incentive by December 3rd, 2021

Meeting The Deadline:

We understand that this is personal decision.  To help you understand the timeline needed to meet the November 15th deadline we provide the following:

  • Pfizer – must receive the first shot no later than October 23rd
  • Moderna - must receive the first shot no later than October 16th
  • Johnson and Johnson - November 13th

However, we strongly encourage everyone to get their first shot by the end of September. There is no plan to extend the deadline of November 15th.


 How long does it take for my information to be verified? 

  •  It could take up to 30 days for your vaccine provider to enter your information into the Georgia Vaccine Registry. Even though you may have had a shot very recently, it might take several weeks for the system to be updated. The timeframe is out of the control of the City of Savannah and the third-party vendor.

What if I’m on extended leave?

  • Employees on City approved extended Leave prior to November 15, 2021 will receive $500 once they return and work within 30 calendar days. 
  • Proof of vaccination must be provided within 60 calendar days of return to work.

What if I submitted documentation for the 8-hour incentive leave?

  • Employees who submitted their documentation for eight-hour incentive leave are required to submit their records to the third-party vendor by November 15th, 2021 to qualify for HR $500 supplement.

When do I receive my 8-hour incentive leave?

  • Employees who submitted their documentation for eight-hour incentive leave by Sept. 1 will receive their 8 hours incentive leave on Sept. 24th, 2021

Is there leave available to obtain my vaccination through an outside party?

  • Contact your supervisor to obtain the applicable policies from your HR Business Partner.


Employees Enrolled in the City of Savannah's Medical Plan 

Can Sign Up For FREE MyQHealth Tobacco Cessation Coaching

Increase your chances of quitting and earn credit towards your SAV4Health premium discount in 2022.

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  • Complete MyQHealth Tobacco Cessation Coaching by Nov. 26, 2021
  • Complete all other SAV4Health activities by Nov. 15, 2021
To enroll or ask questions, call your MyQHealth Care Coordinators at: 
1-866-360-7926 or visit the MyQHealth portal at: 

SAV4Health - Don't delay start today to save up to $1,000 in 2022!

Get the SAV4Health Premium Incentive in 2022 when you complete all four wellness activities by 11/15/2021

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1) Complete a biometric screening and report your results

2) Complete your annual checkup with your primary doctor

3) Complete the health questionnaire

4) Complete the tobacco affidavit

You must self report wellness activities and you can do so in 3 ways:


Click here for more information on the SAV4Health Premium Incentive