SEBB Program's May Intercom newsletter
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.
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.
- Learn more about retiree eligibility and enrollment.
- Sign up for a free webinar to learn about eligibility, medical and dental plan choices, monthly premiums, and how to enroll.
- If you are close to retirement and have questions about eligibility or enrollment, please check the Contact us webpage under "PEBB retiree."
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:
- 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.