PEBB Program's September For Your Benefit newsletter

Thu, 09/13/2018

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:

  • Coverage for treatment of opioid use disorder
    Opioid use disorder (misuse and addiction) is a national public health crisis. To help combat the crisis, Governor Jay Inslee issued the Executive Order 16-09 in 2016. To implement this directive, the Health Care Authority (HCA) is focused on two primary objectives: 1. Preventing members from becoming dependent on opioids, and 2. Supporting the recovery of those who are already dependent.

  • Retirees, COBRA, and Continuation Coverage members: PEBB Customer Service hours have changed
    The new hours for PEBB Customer Service are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Employees must contact their personnel, payroll, or benefits office directly with questions about account-related issues.

  • Trying to quit tobacco? Use your medical benefits
    If you have been trying to quit tobacco and need more support, your PEBB medical plan can help. Research shows that a combination of cessation counseling and medication is more effective than either counseling or medication alone, and PEBB medical plans (except Premera Blue Cross Medicare Supplement Plan F) cover both.

  • Things to consider when choosing a dental plan
    When making changes to your dental plan, it’s important to understand the differences between the plans to make sure you’re choosing the one that’s right for you. Before you make a change, compare the plans to find out what services are covered, which providers are in-network, and what your costs will be.
  • Protecting yourself from medical misinformation
    Do you know when you should have the following tests or treatments?Mammograms, Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests (blood tests to detect prostate cancer), Spinal surgery for sciatica (a pinched nerve in your spine, with leg or foot pain).
  • SmartHealth wellness incentive deadlines approaching
    There is still time to qualify for the $125 wellness incentive! Complete your Well-being Assessment and earn a total of 2,000 points by September 30 to qualify. Plus, after you complete your Well-being Assessment, you’ll qualify for a $25 Amazon.com gift card. You have until December 31, 2018, to claim your gift card.
  • Keep your contact information current
    The PEBB Program's annual open enrollment is coming in November. Keep your contact information current to make sure you get important plan and open enrollment information.