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Spring 2016 News Updates

NEW Plan and Plan Suites Available!

Based on Member feedback through Focus Groups, the Membership Council Representatives unanimously voted to add a new plan to SchoolCare's offerings!  The Orange Plan is available as of July 1, 2016 and is a lower cost, IRS qualified high deductible health plan.  As a qualified high deductible plan, it can be offered with a Health Savings Account (HSA).  HSAs are tax-exempt savings accounts which permit employees and/or employers to contribute funds (up to annual limits) to be used for eligible medical expenses.

Member Groups can now offer health plans by Suite!  The Traditional Plan Suite includes the Green, Red and Blue Open Access Plans.  The Consumer Driven Plan Suite includes the Yellow with Choice Fund, Yellow and Orange Open Access Plans.  Employees can be offered any health plans within a Suite.  If you or your employees have questions about activating the Choice Fund, please click here for more info.

Please note, the Membership Council also voted to phase out the Blue Open Access Plan as of 6/30/17.  More information on this phase out, including an informational webinar, will be available this spring.

Plan Year Reminder

July 1, 2016 will begin the new plan year. Medical plans that have deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums reset and begin anew at that time.  Refer to your Health Benefit Booklet for information related to your out-of-pocket maximums for the plan year.

As an employee, the health benefits available to you represent a significant component of your compensation package. They also provide important protection for you and your family in the case of illness or injury.

Your plan offers a series of health coverage options. Choosing a health coverage option is an important decision. To help you make an informed choice, your plan makes available a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), which summarizes important information about any health coverage option in a standard format, to help you compare across options.

The SBCs are available on the web at: http://www.schoolcare.org/index.php?page=resources-forms. A paper copy is also available, free of charge, by contacting your employer’s personnel office.

Good For You! Wellness Updates

SchoolCare has been listening to your feedback regarding the Good For You! wellness programs.  There will be MORE physical activity components beginning July 1, 2016, including a 250,000 Steps Movement each quarter.  The Steps Movement is a program that integrates with an app/device.  For a full list of compatible apps/devices, visit http://viverae.com/my-apps-devices-english/.

Biometrics are also an important piece in understanding your overall health! Biometrics obtained using a MyViverae Physician Lab Form or through a SchoolCare on-site biometric screening will earn participants a $100 cash incentive beginning July 1, 2016.  The total incentive dollars are not changing.  Individuals will continue to be eligible to earn up to $800 and covered spouses can earn up to $400 each plan year. Additional details will be available soon at www.schoolcare.org.

 

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