SEBB Program's May Intercom newsletter

Mon, 05/10/2021

The SEBB Program's Intercom newsletter is your source for information and updates about your health benefits.

Here are some highlights from the May issue. Read the full articles.

Coronavirus update

COVID-19 vaccinations are covered by all SEBB medical plans, with no cost to members. Learn about vaccine locations on the Department of Health’s website.

SmartHealth, our voluntary wellness program for non-Medi­care members, has activities to help you stay healthy — physically and mentally — while staying home. Log in to SmartHealth.

Medical FSA and DCAP enrollees — Rule changes due to COVID-19

We’re offering extra flexi­bility with 2020 and 2021 Medical Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) and Dependent Care Assistance Pro­gram (DCAP) funds. Learn more about these oppor­tunities.

Will your life and AD&D insurance money go where you want it to?

If you don’t name a beneficiary for your life and AD&D insurance, you run the risk that your loved ones won’t receive a payment when they need it most. If you haven’t named a beneficiary, MetLife will mail you a letter this summer with instructions about how to name one.

You can make beneficiary changes at any time using MetLife’s MyBenefits portal. You may also download the Group Term Life Insurance Beneficiary Designation form. Call MetLife at 1-833-854-9624 with questions.

Thinking about retirement?

It’s never too early to start weighing your options for health plan coverage after your employer-paid coverage ends. One of your options is PEBB retiree insurance coverage.  

Keep children safe with well-child checkups

Follow your provider’s recom­mended plan for checkups to ensure problems are found and treated early. These exams are covered by all health insurance plans and include things not done during other visits, including:

  • Vaccines
  • Routine hearing or vision screening
  • Blood lead screening
  • Oral health
  • Behavioral health

Confused by health care jargon?

Here’s a short list of important terms to help you better understand your health plan coverage. Visit the Glossary of Health Coverage and Medical Terms on the federal health plan marketplace website for more.

  • Allowed amount: The most the plan pays for a specific covered service, supply, or prescription drug. For network providers, the provider cannot bill the member for any amount over the allowed amount.
  • Coinsurance: The percentage of the allowed amount you pay. This includes many medical services and prescription drugs.
  • Copay: The fixed dollar amount you pay when receiving specific services, treatments, or supplies, such as office visits or prescriptions.
  • Deductible: A fixed dollar amount you pay each calendar year for some health care and/or prescription drug expenses before the plan starts paying for covered services.

Invest in your mental health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we handle stress, relate to oth­ers, and make healthy choices.

Here are some resources to help you

Find plan-specific resources on the Behav­ioral health services by plan webpage.

Webinar: Tips for pressing pause

Chronic stress can impair your immune system. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) powered by Omada is offering a webinar to all SEBB members to help you focus on small, doable steps, including:

  • Establishing a good sleep schedule.
  • Coping with uncertainty and pressure.
  • Avoiding stress eating and sliding into unhealthy habits.

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Time: 4 to 4:50 p.m.

May is mental health month

No one should feel alone or without the support they need. Staying connected to others and making time for things you enjoy can help your mental well-being. For more infor­mation and links to plan resources, join the “May is Mental Health Month” activity through May 31 in SmartHealth.

Update your mailing address

Keep your mailing address up to date so we can send you important account information that can’t be emailed. Learn how to update your address by visiting the Contact us webpage and selecting your member type.