> Blue Cross and Blue Shield is launching an improved patient relationship experience which will change the phone numbers to Blue Value Advisor, Nurseline, and Provider Finder. All calls should be made to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas’ customer service number at 1-866-295-1212.
> Express Scripts now offers Inside RX Pets, a prescription savings program to provide pet parents discounts on brand and generic human medications prescribed for pets at 40,000 participating retail pharmacies. Go to Insiderx.com/pets for more information.
> ComPsych GuidanceResources will be replacing the Employee Assistance Program provider (Deer Oaks) beginning September 1. The A&M System is pleased to offer Work/Life Solutions to both employees and retirees for the first time this plan year. Services include counseling, childcare topics, concierge services for home repair, education and housing needs, in-house financial guidance by CPAs, CFPs, and referrals to financial advisors in your area, legal advice on divorce, adoption, estate planning, and real estate, eldercare, and more.
> The tobacco surcharge now applies to those using e-cigarettes. It also includes cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, and dip.
> The Healthcare Flexible Spending Account maximum annual election will increase from $2,650 to $2,700.
> Delta Dental PPO diagnostic and preventive cleaning and x-rays will not count towards your $1,500 maximum annual benefit in the Dental PPO Plan. In addition, employees can now get posterior (all teeth) composite, colored filling coverage, excluding metal filling.
Premiums and Costs
> The employee premium for full-time employees and retirees enrolled in the A&M Care Plans will remain the same for the fourth year in a row. Remember that if you are changing to a different age bracket for life insurance, for example, 65-70, your premium may increase.
> The Graduate Student Health Plan premiums will increase. Prescription drug copays at retail pharmacies outside the Student Health Center (SHC) will change from $15/$30/$60 to $10/$35/$60. Prescription drug copays at the SHC will change from $15 to $10/$35. The out-of-pocket maximum is increasing from $6,350 to $7,900. The annual medical deductible is increasing from $350 to $500.
> DeltaCare USA HMO premiums will increase slightly.
> If adding a dependent to coverage for the first time, you should add them in the Dependents section in Workday before beginning the Open Enrollment task. This will allow you to easily add the dependent to coverages during the enrollment process. Please select the Reason for Adding which most closely represents your situation.
> If you want to enroll in or increase your Optional or Dependent Life coverage, you must provide Evidence of Insurability (E of I). If you choose your coverage and amount in Workday, you will receive a notice to wait until August 1. At that point you will receive an additional notice to return to Workday to answer your E of I questions. Once completed, it should be a short time until your E of I application is approved or denied unless additional information is needed. Your application will be approved or denied and become effective the first of the month following your receipt of notice.
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