PEBB's September For Your Benefit newsletter

Tue, 09/15/2020

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:

Your open enrollment preview

The PEBB Program's annual open enrollment is November 1 through 30, which is approaching quickly. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, open enrollment events will be different this year.

Support for COVID-19 stress

Here’s some news about resources we are offering to help you and your family get through the pandemic.

  • Washington Listens is a program that provides non-clinical support to people experiencing stress due to COVID-19. 
  • SmartHealth, our voluntary wellness program, has created activities to help non-Medicare PEBB members stay healthy — physically and mentally — while staying home.

Medicare enrollees, learn about two new PEBB medical plans

Starting in January 2021, the PEBB Program will add two new Medicare Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage (MAPD). These preferred provider organization (PPO) plans are administered by UnitedHealthcare. These plans will be available nationwide to PEBB retirees and PEBB Continuation Coverage (COBRA) members enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B. You can learn more about the new MAPD plans by attending a virtual town hall. View the schedule.

Coming soon: New gender identity option on forms

If you use paper forms during open enrollment this year, you might notice a new field that allows you to indicate your gender identity as male, female, or gender X.

Don't miss out on the SmartHealth incentives

You still have time to qualify for the wellness incentives. The $125 wellness incentive deadline is later this year. You now have until November 30, 2020 to qualify — two months longer than last year. The $25 Amazon.com gift card deadline remains December 31, 2020.

What is a consumer-directed health plan?

A consumer-directed health plan (CDHP) is a high-deductible plan with a health savings account (HSA). CDHPs cover the same health care services as other types of PEBB medical plans. Like other plans, you pay coinsurance for services, and your care costs less with network providers. But CDHPs differ from other plan types in two important ways: the HSA and the high deductible, low premium cost structure.

Why your feedback on member surveys matters

We know filling out surveys can be bothersome. But what you say, think, and feel about your PEBB benefits makes a big difference. Member feedback allows us to fine-tune our customer service, address problems, assess the performance of your medical plan, and even make program changes.

Is your contact information current?

The PEBB Program’s annual open enrollment is coming in November. Keep your mailing and email addresses current to make sure you get important information about changes coming next year.