PEBB Program's June For Your Benefit newsletter

Mon, 06/17/2019

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.

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In this issue ...

  • Employees: New Paid Family and Medical Leave benefit in 2020
    Sometimes you or a family member needs more care than is possible to give while working. A new benefit will help you manage your finances during those difficult times. It offers 12 weeks of paid leave after a qualifying event, which will be either family or medical.
  • Employees: Have a 30-day or 60-day waiting period for optional LTD insurance?
    These two options will not be available in 2020 because of the new Paid Family and Medical Leave benefit. You must switch to a 90-day or longer waiting period by December 31, 2019. Visit the long-term disability webpage to get the form to change your waiting period.
  • Get the facts about vaccines: Are yours up-to-date?
    Deciding whether to get one is an important health choice. Knowing how vaccinations work, why they are important, and which ones your family might need can help you make an informed decision.
  • Has the status of your dependent changed?
    If your dependent no longer meets the eligibility criteria required for PEBB health plan enrollment, coverage ends the last day of the month your dependent meets eligibility criteria. You must submit the correct form (provide notice) within 60 days of the last day of the month your dependent loses eligibility.
  • Finding and evaluating online health resources
    The number of web and social media sites, along with mobile apps, offering health information is growing every day. Some online sources of health information are useful, but others are inaccurate or misleading. Don’t rely on online resources when making decisions about your health. If you’re considering a complementary health approach, discuss it with your health care provider.
  • How to prepare for end-of-life health care decisions
    Making end-of-life health care decisions in advance lets your loved ones know your preferences if an accident or illness leaves you unable to speak for yourself. Advance care planning can make a world of difference to your own comfort and reduce stress for your loved ones.
  • Make time for you with SmartHealth
    SmartHealth supports you on your journey toward living well. Whether you are trying something new or adding to what you already do, SmartHealth’s fun, secure, and easy-to-use website has something for everyone.
  • Take a step toward better health
    Ever wish for personalized support toward improving your health? For free? The PEBB Program offers such a benefit! The Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program (VDPP), powered by Omada, is a digital lifestyle program that inspires healthy habits you can maintain over time.

  • Most K-12 employees are moving to SEBB
    If you’re a K-12 employee with the PEBB Program, your coverage will likely switch to the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program for 2020. However, if you are an educational service district employee who is not represented by a collective bargaining unit, you will remain with the PEBB Program.