PEBB’s February For Your Benefit newsletter

Mon, 02/14/2022

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 February issue.

Here are some highlights.

Reminders for the new plan year

Your annual deductible and out-of-pocket minimums restarted in January. Read the tips and reminders for avoiding surprises in this new plan year.

Use it or lose it: Deadlines for FSA and DCAP funds

Some important deadlines:

  • The grace period for 2021 Medical Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSA) ends March 15.
  • The deadline to submit Medical FSA claims is March 31.
  • Next year, instead of a grace period, the Medical FSA will carry over leftover funds to the next plan year. The Limited Purpose FSA has carryover as well.
  • If you have unspent DCAP funds from last year, you have until December 31 this year to submit claims for expenses dating back to January 1, 2021.
  • If you are a represented employee whose annual rate of pay on November 1, 2021 was $50,004 or less, you may have received a $250 Medical FSA contribution. If you got one last year, you have until March 15, 2022 to spend it and until March 31 to submit your claims. If you received this benefit in January 2022, another $250 was loaded onto your existing debit card (or deposited into your existing FSA account).

Diabetes: Could it be you?

Diabetes can have long-term devastating effects, including heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage to feet and internal organs, frequent infections, and wounds that won’t heal. Read about the risk factors and programs to avoid and manage diabetes.

Keep your heart healthy

February is American Heart Month. Learn about the serious dangers of heart disease and how to reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and related complications.

We’re refreshing our website

Watch for improvements to the HCA website later this year, including simplified content, easier navigation, and a separate news website for announcements and newsletter articles.

And SmartHealth is getting a makeover, too

Our voluntary wellness program, SmartHealth, will sport some new features starting in late March. Besides the variety of activities to support your health and well-being that SmartHealth provides, look for:

  • The latest mobile and web user experience, including enhanced social connections.
  • Easy access to resources and benefits available to you.
  • Enhanced security features.

Visit the SmartHealth webpage for more, and watch for more information in your email.

Update your mailing address

Even if you get For Your Benefit by email, keeping your mailing address updated is important. The PEBB Program and your health plans mail you personal information such as changes to your coverage, important alerts, notices about eligibility, invoices, and ID cards. Learn how to update your address.