PEBB Program's June For Your Benefit newsletter
June newsletter now available!
The Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program's For Your Benefit newsletter is your source for information and updates about your health benefits.
Read the full issue:
- For employees and non-Medicare retirees
- For Medicare retirees
Note: The print version of the Medicare newsletter incorrectly lists the phone number of the Social Security Administration. The correct number is 1-800-772-1213.
In this issue...
- Updated HCA website
When you visit HCA’s website, you will notice the Public employee benefits banner has changed to Employee and retiree benefits. This change was made to accommodate the new School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program. We added a new section for K-12 school employees, and moved the green My Account button.
- Benefits from actively engaging in your health care: Part 2
Many studies suggest that if you understand and act on information relevant to your health, you may have fewer procedures, save time, and spend less money on health care than those who are less engaged and informed. In short, you want the best information about three things: Your condition, Options for managing your condition, and the pros and cons of each option.
- Have you heard of SEBB?
Last year, the Legislature passed House Bill 2242 creating the School Employees Benefits Board (SEB Board) and School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program. Starting January 1, 2020, all K-12 school districts, educational service districts, and charter schools will be required to purchase their eligible employees’ health insurance coverage and other benefits (such as life insurance) through the SEBB Program.
- Free will preparation and estate resolution services from MetLife
If you are an employee enrolled in optional life insurance through MetLife or enrolled in retiree term life insurance, then you can take advantage of MetLife’s will preparation and estate planning services at no additional cost to you. Eligible employees, non-Medicare retirees, and their spouses or state-registered domestic partners have access to MetLife’s Will Preparation Service and Estate Resolution Services offered by Hyatt Legal Plans, Inc., a MetLife Company. These services are part of the comprehensive suite of services available through MetLife Advantages.
- New Medicare cards are coming (Medicare retirees)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are issuing new Medicare cards to members. The new cards no longer list members’ Social Security numbers. Instead, each card has a Medicare number that’s unique to the member. If you are enrolled in PEBB retiree insurance coverage and have already sent us a copy of your old Medicare card, you do not need to send a copy of your new one. If you are a new Medicare enrollee, you need to send a copy of your Medicare card to the PEBB Program. Write the subscriber’s full name and the last four digits of their SSN on the copy.
- SmartHealth wellness check-in (employees and non-Medicare retirees)
Learn about new SmartHealth features like Team Activities and SmartHealth Community. Don't forget, you have until December 31, 2018, to complete your Well-being Assessment to qualify for the $25 Amazon.com gift card. Earn 2,000 total points by September 30, 2018, to qualify for the $125 wellness incentive.
- Check out UMP's joint replacement benefit (employees and non-Medicare retirees)
Since January 2017, Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) has been offering the Center of Excellence (COE) Program for knee or hip replacement at little to no out-of-pocket cost for qualifying UMP Classic and UMP Consumer-Directed Health Plan (CDHP)* members. The COE Program’s goal is to help members consistently receive high-quality care at a predictable cost—especially for procedures (like joint replacements) in which cost and quality vary widely across providers.