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Annual enrollment time is here, giving you the opportunity to review your benefit options and choose a new health plan or make other benefit changes. These changes are effective July 1, 2018.
During annual enrollment, if eligible, you may:
- Enroll in or change health plans
- Enroll in pre-tax Flexible Spending Account benefits
- Apply for the buy-out option
- Apply for Long Term Disability – (you may also do this anytime during the year)
- Apply for Optional Life Insurance – (you may also do this anytime during the year)
- Apply for reduced non-smoker optional life insurance rates if you have optional life insurance as a smoker and have been tobacco-free for at least 12 months
- Opt in or out of pre-tax premium basic life and health insurance deductions
Be sure to read your GIC Benefit Decision Guide for benefit and rate changes that become effective July 1, 2018. These books are expected in the HR office by Friday, April 6, 2018.
- Are your doctors and hospitals in the network?
- What are the copay tiers of your providers? This determines your copay costs.
- Are your prescription drugs included on the plan’s formulary, and if so, what copay tier are they in?
- Are other services you might need covered?
- Weigh total expected copay costs and premiums for each plan before you decide to remain in the same health plan or change to another option.
Once you choose a health plan, you cannot change it during the year, unless you move out of the plan’s service area, or you are retiring and are eligible for Medicare (in which case you must enroll in a Medicare plan). If your doctor or hospital leaves your health plan, you must find a new participating provider in your chosen plan.
See the GIC’s website for the latest annual enrollment news, forms to expedite your decisions. View the summary of health plans available on the GIC website https://www.mass.gov/guides/gic-non-medicare-health-insurance-products.
There is a new prescription drug benefit plan manager for 2018. Your pharmacy benefit manager will be EXPRESS SCRIPTS. The new prescription cards will be sent to all members and will be needed for all prescription refills. Please be sure to watch for these in the mail. Here is a link with some helpful information: https://www.express-scripts.com/frequently-asked-questions/#/.
If you have researched your options and determined you want to keep your current Group Insurance Commission (GIC) health plan, you do not need to fill out any paperwork. Your coverage will continue automatically.
Please e-mail the Benefits@umassd.edu or call 508-999-8045 for answers to benefits questions.
Please send in completed enrollment forms to Joanne Costa in Human Resources no later than Friday, April 27th.
The Office of Human Resources is located on the second floor of the Foster Administration Building, Room 202. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. You can reach us by phone at 508.999.8060 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.