What’s Changing in 2022

In addition to the new benefits provided for Emotional Wellbeing and Stress Management, Financial Skills, Pay Ahead and Physical Therapy, you will find the following changes to Grainger’s benefits effective January 1, 2022.

Increases to Health Care Premiums*

DEPENDING ON THE COVERAGE YOU ELECT, payroll contributions for team members with full-time
benefits will increase by $1.08 – $24.04 per month for medical coverage. Dental coverage contributions
will increase by $0.18-$2.43 per month. There will be no increase for vision coverage. The broad ranges
reflect our varied plan options as well as the number of family members you choose to cover.

Part-time team members scheduled to work 30 or more hours per week are eligible for full-time
benefits at the same costs.

Payroll contributions for team members with part-time benefits will increase by $9.49-$44.33 per month
for medical coverage, and dental coverage will be offered for the first time. There will be no increase for
vision coverage.

*Applies to plans administered by Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield (BCBSIL) and United Healthcare (UHC), which cover the
continental U.S. and Alaska. Does not apply to other non-continental U.S. coverage.

Tobacco Surcharge for medical coverage

USING TOBACCO, there will be a $450 annual surcharge added to your medical premium. If one of you
has started using tobacco in the past year, you must attest to that change.

The surcharge will be discontinued once all covered adult tobacco users (team member and/or
spouse/domestic partner) complete the Quit for Life tobacco cessation program.

In prior years, if you didn’t use tobacco, you received a reduction in your medical plan payroll
contribution. In 2022, this will change to a surcharge only for tobacco users.

Dental Coverage for Team Members with Part-Time Benefits

DENTAL CARE is an important part of overall physical health. We’re pleased to announce that team
members with part-time benefits will now be able to enroll themselves and their eligible dependents in
dental coverage. Monthly contributions will range $22.19 – $120.86, depending on your coverage

This new coverage applies to part-time team members who are scheduled to work at least 20 but less
than 30 hours per week.

Medical Plan Out-of-Network Coverage*

IN THE SILVER AND GOLD MEDICAL PLANS, the deductible and out-of-pocket maximum will be
increased, but only if you go out-of-network. It’s wise to check first to be sure all the doctors and other
services related to a procedure (radiology, lab/pathology, anesthesiology) are in the network.


Deductible: $3,500 single/$7,000 family
Out-of-Pocket Maximum: $8,000 single/$14,700 family


Deductible: $3,000 single/$6,000 family
Out-of-Pocket Maximum: $6,000 single/$12,000 family

New Administrator: Health Equity

  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
  • Commuter Benefit Account

AND/OR COMMUTER BENEFIT ACCOUNT will have a new administrator: your account(s) will move from
Alight Smart-Choice to HealthEquity. You will receive information from HealthEquity in early December
2021 about this transition. Read the FAQs.

Flexible Spending Accounts include the Dental and Vision FSA (also known as a Limited Purpose FSA or
LPFSA) and Dependent Care FSA.

Life Insurance and AD&D Coverage

times pay to 1 times pay, to align with coverage provided by other large employers. Remember that, in
addition to basic coverage, Grainger offers additional optional coverage for life insurance and AD&D
insurance at group rates. Be sure review all your insurance options

Optional Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability Costs

OPTIONAL LIFE: Costs will decrease by 10% for team members and by 20% for spouse/domestic

LTD: Our insurance carrier has informed us that team member costs for long-term disability coverage
will increase by approximately 15% because of a significant increase in claims over the past few years.

Enrollment Is Now Optional

IF YOU DON’T ENROLL FOR 2022 BENEFITS, you will keep the same medical coverage as in 2021. (This is
new. In prior years, if you didn’t enroll, your medical coverage defaulted to the Silver medical plan.)
The coverage tier (which is the number of family members you cover) will remain the same, as well. If
you are adding or removing family members from coverage for 2022, remember to do so during annual

However, you must enroll if you need to attest to tobacco use for either you or your spouse/domestic partner, or if you want to contribute to your HSA or FSA, change medical/dental plans or add/drop dependents from your coverage or enroll in NortonLifeLock and other voluntary benefits.


When Coverage Ends

If You and Your Spouse or Domestic Partner Are Both Grainger Team Members

Special Savings Offers


Profit Savings Plan

Retirement Benefit Questions (65+/Medicare-eligible [including disabled early Medicare eligible] and pre-65 eligible retirees/dependents)

Medicare Plan Options Questions (65+ or early Medicare retirees with or without Grainger Retiree Health)


Connect with a Benefit Pro

Access the Provider Search Tool

Keep in Mind

Enroll Now

2022: Your Cost for Coverage


When Coverage Ends

If You and Your Spouse or Domestic Partner Are Both Grainger Team Members

Special Savings Offers


Profit Savings Plan

Profit Sharing Plan Historical Plan Information Pre-2021

Dear Team Member,

The last 18 months have pulled us in all sorts of directions and presented several new challenges. Many of you have had to adapt to an ever-changing lifestyle that includes homeschooling kids, working overtime, taking care of loved ones, and worrying about finances. At Grainger, we recognize the toll these changes take on your personal wellbeing. And while I’m proud to say you’ve continued to provide exceptional customer service despite these challenges, it’s just as important to put the same attention on yourself.

We want you to be your best, not only at work but at home. That’s why we’ve made some enhancements to our benefits programs to better support your emotional, financial, physical, and social wellbeing. These new programs will provide access to short-term cash, one-on-one financial coaching, or stress management support. Over the last year, we built a strong foundation of wellbeing resources to ensure you have more choice and flexibility with your benefits.

This Annual Enrollment Decision Guide will help you navigate the robust benefits that Grainger offers and support you in making your elections for 2022. Annual Enrollment will run from October 11 to 29, 2021. Now is the time for you to take action for you and your family’s wellbeing. We have more plans underway to continue to enhance our wellbeing offerings and we’re excited to share these with you soon.
As always, thank you for all you continue to do for each other, our organization, and our customers.

Stay well,
Kathleen Carroll
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

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