PEBB's February For Your Benefit newsletter

Thu, 02/07/2019

February 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...

  • Don't miss out on your one-time optional LTD enrollment opportunity in March 2019
    You can enroll or change your benefit waiting period without providing evidence of insurability (proof of good health). Normally, proof of good health is required after the first 31 days you were eligible for PEBB benefits. Changes you make in March are effective May 1, 2019. This only applies to employees whose employer offers long-term disability (LTD) insurance and some PEBB Continuation Coverage (Unpaid Leave) subscribers.
  • School employees transition to SEBB benefits next year
    Starting in 2020, eligible employees of K-12 school districts, educational service districts, and charter schools will receive their health insurance coverage and other benefits (such as life insurance) through the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program.
  • Pursue your purpose with SmartHealth
    Your purpose is what motivates and inspires you to be your best every day. It’s what is most important to you. It can be something big or small such as family, friends, career, music, pets, or community. When you use SmartHealth, you are investing in yourself so you can be your best.
  • Be ready when the time comes
    If planning for your last days is something you avoid, you’re not alone. However, having your affairs in order can ensure your dependents or beneficiaries know where they can turn when your life ends. Here are a few things to keep in mind during the planning process.
  • Medical FSA and DCAP deadlines
    If you enrolled in a Medical Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) or the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) last year, you have deadlines to spend your 2018 funds.
  • Need a new or replacement ID card?
    To get a new or replacement ID card from your medical plan, you can log in to your account, use your plan’s mobile app, or call your plan.
  • Six things you need to know about antibiotics
    Antibiotics, that wonderful class of drugs that kill bacteria, are used to treat serious infections, such as pneumonia and sepsis, a life-threatening infection that causes damage to organs. But the more we use them, the better bacteria get at resisting antibiotics. Over time, the antibiotics don’t work like they used to.
  • New benefit helps build healthy habits that last
    The Diabetes Prevention Program, powered by Omada, is a digital lifestyle program that inspires healthy habits you can maintain over time.
  • Sign up! Email service brings you PEBB news faster
    Save time, paper, and mailing costs by signing up for the PEBB Program’s email subscription service.