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June 14, 20165 - It's time for Open Enrollment for Health Insurance. I have some great news to share about your health insurance premiums! Although Anthem BCBS has recommended a 7% increase in premiums this year, the City will be picking up 100% of the employee's share of the premium increase for the second year in a row. This means that your premiums will not change unless you elect to change your plan tier. This will help to ensure that employees see an actual increase in take home pay.
Our Open Enrollment Memo along with the Waiver of Group Health Benefits form for all Full Time employees was sent to the mail room Friday. Due to new reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if you do not wish to have coverage through the City of Hampton’s group health insurance plan, you are required to sign the Waiver of Group Health Benefits form, and we will be required to keep that on file. All of the other information and forms about open enrollment can be found at http://hampton.gov/benefits.
Please Note: there have been no changes to your health insurance benefits. Your prescription drug benefits will continue to be provided by OptumRx. As an important reminder, when we implemented the new Rx plan with OptumRx last year, we grandfathered your prescription medications for one year at the tier they were at through our previous provider. Effective August 1, 2016 your prescription medications may fall on a different tier, so your copayments may change. A current drug formulary will be posted to the above listed website soon, so that you can see which tier your medications will be on.
If you wish to make any changes to your health insurance benefits you will need to complete the Health Benefit Election Form as well as the Health Insurance Enrollment Form. If you are covering a spouse or dependent children, please provide us with the proper documentation for those dependents. We require a marriage license in order to cover a spouse and we need a birth certificate, adoption papers, or court ordered custody papers in order to cover a dependent child. If you are not making any changes to your coverage under the City’s group plan, you do not need to do anything (unless you are waiving coverage).
Open Enrollment Meetings will be held as follows:
Wednesday, June 15, 2016:
10:00 am – Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Thursday, June 16, 2016:
10:00 am – Sargent Administration Building, Veteran’s Conference Room, Side B 3:00 pm – Sargent Administration Building, Veteran’s Conference Room, Side B
Wednesday, June 22, 2016:
2:00 pm – Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Friday, June 24, 2016:
9:00am – Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall10:30am – Retiree Health Insurance meeting, Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
A special note to supervisors: Please post for your staff members who do not have access to email.
Please note: We are not currently in open enrollment for Dental, Vision or either of the Flexible Spending Accounts. Open enrollment for those benefits will be in November.
Shari DecletBenefits ManagerCity of Hampton22 Lincoln Street7th Floor, Finance Dept.Hampton, VA 23669Phone: (757) 727-6610Fax: (757) 727-6262