COMPTROLLER'S SEAL STATE OF CONNECTICUT

STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775

MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER

MEMORANDUM NO. 2001-29

April 30, 2001

TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES

ATTENTION: Personnel and Payroll Officers
SUBJECT: 2001 - 2002 Employee Health Insurance Rates

AUTHORIZATION: In accordance with the provisions of Section 5-259 of the Connecticut General Statutes and the SEBAC V Agreement, the following has been approved for administration of the state-sponsored health care insurance plans.

PAYROLL EFFECTIVE DATES: The bi-weekly health insurance rates for the period July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002 are based on 26 pay periods. Note that the annual premium for all the medical and dental plans have increased. The employee share of the premium has also increased for all plans except for individual coverage in POE-Gatekeeper plans. The changes announced herein will be effective on the following payroll periods:

Bi-Weekly: Semi-Monthly  Monthly:
June 1 - June 14, 2001 June 1 - June 15, 2001 June 1 - June 30, 2001
Payable June 29, 2001 Payable June 15, 2001 Payable June 29, 2001

PLAN CHOICES AND CARRIERS:

A. Medical Plans: This year Anthem and PHS (now known as Health Net) will continue to offer their Point of Service and Point of Enrollment plans. In addition, ConnectiCare is open to new membership and, for the first time, will be offering Point of Service and Point of Enrollment options along with its Point of Enrollment- Gatekeeper product. Also, the medical benefits of the ConnectiCare plans are aligned with the schedule applicable to all Anthem and Health Net options.
 
Additionally, there are two important changes in coverage that take effect in the program on July 1, 2001. First, oral contraceptives, which were previously covered only when medically necessary, will be treated in the same manner as all other prescription drugs. And second, the distinctions between behavioral health and physical health coverage that formerly existed in the plan have been eliminated.
 
B. Dental Plans: There are no benefit changes in the available plans. Anthem will continue to offer their Indemnity Dental Care Plan and the CIGNA Dental Care plan, a dental HMO, will continue to be available.

CHARTS: Attached are new and revised rates and charts "A" through "N". Rate changes will be made centrally. Paired D/OEs for both pre and post-tax deductions are provided on all charts.

NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES: The health care planner mailed to employees enrolled in a medical or dental plan includes a schedule of all applicable bi-weekly payroll deductions, and a description of the available options.

PAYROLL PROCEDURES FOR SPECIFIC SITUATIONS:
Domestic Partner Enrollment

A. If an employee who has enrolled a domestic partner in their health plan prior to the Open Enrollment period wants to change to another carrier, the agency must send a copy of the Authorization Memo received from the Comptroller's Office to the new carrier along with the enrollment form. If an employee is changing to another plan with the same carrier, you do not need to attach the Authorization Memo.
 
B. Contact the Comptroller's Payroll Services Division to make the necessary payroll changes for an employee changing plans and/or coverage class. Do not attempt to modify MSA health insurance entries for an employee who has an enrolled domestic partner.
 
C. Employees who wish to enroll their domestic partner during this Open Enrollment period must follow the procedures in Comptroller's Memorandum 2000-13. Coverage will be effective July 1, 2001, provided the Affidavit was signed in April, May, or June 2001.

 

Very truly yours,

 

Nancy Wyman

State Comptroller

 

NW/SW/WPM

Attachments:
Rate Charts A-N

Rate Schedule

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