All GIC premium deductions are taken one month in advance of coverage.  Please update your payroll system accordingly.


Basic Life & Health, Optional Life, Long Term Disability (LTD), GIC Dental/Vision, and Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

According to Massachusetts Law Chapter 32 A, the following employees are eligible for GIC benefits:

  • Permanent employees, as outlined in CMR 1.02
  • Employees must work at least 18.75 hours in a 37.5-hour workweek or 20 hours in a 40-hour workweek and participating in a public retirement system; employees who do not work the required number of hours and are not eligible for GIC benefits.

New employees eligible for GIC benefits and who work full-time or part-time hours of at least 18.75 hours per 37.5-hour workweek or 20 hours per 40-hour workweek can enroll.

New employee coverage (basic life and health, optional life, LTD, GIC Dental/Vision and the pre-tax Health Care Spending Account) begins on the first day of the month following 60 calendar days from the first date of employment, or two calendar months, whichever comes first. Pre-tax Dependent Care Assistance Program deductions and coverage begins immediately.

Date of employment is from                                  Coverage begins on

Jan. 2- Feb. 1                                                               April 1

Feb. 2 – March 2                                                          May 1

March 3 – April 2                                                         June 1

April 3 – May 2                                                            July 1

May 3 – June 2                                                            August 1

June 3 – July 3                                                            September 1

July 4 – August 2                                                         October 1

Aug. 3 – Sept. 2                                                          November 1

Sept. 3 – Oct. 2                                                          December 1

Oct. 3 – Nov. 2                                                           January 1

Nov. 3 – Dec. 3                                                           February 1

Dec. 4 – Jan. 1                                                            March 1


Employees who do not enroll in basic life, basic life and health, optional life, LTD and GIC Dental/Vision when first eligible (see NEW HIRE section) are subject to late enrollment and annual enrollment rules. See the corresponding sections for details.


Health Plans

Employees and their families can choose from an array of health plans.  Each employee’s needs are different. It is important that you, the GIC Coordinator, learn about the similarities and differences among the plans and where the plans are available.  Recommend that the employee research his/her options and obtain the following information before making a selection. 

Question                                                                                    Resource

Where the employee lives determines which plan he/she

is eligible for. Does the employee live in the service area?     Benefit Decision Guide

Are the employee’s doctors and hospitals                

in the plan?                                                                      Call plan or visit its website

What is the monthly premium cost?                                     Benefit Decision Guide

See the Benefit Decision Guide for health plan options.  These are distributed immediately before annual enrollment.


In addition to health care benefits, the GIC offers the following benefit programs.  You and the employee should familiarize yourselves with these programs. Additional information is in the Benefit Decision Guide and on our website:

  • Long Term Disability
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Optional Life Insurance
  • Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)
  • Health Care Spending Accounts (HCSA)
  • Dental/Vision Program (see Dental/Vision eligibility section)

This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .