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

COMPTROLLER'S MEMORANDUM NO. 2002-17

May 22, 2002

TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES

ATTENTION: Personnel and Payroll Officers, Chief Administrative Officers,Business Managers
SUBJECT: 2002- 2003 Employee Health Insurance Rates

OPEN ENROLLMENT EXTENSION: The Open Enrollment period has been extended to June 10, 2002. The Health Care Options brochure that is mailed to employees announces this new date. To facilitate timely processing of changes, agencies should send enrollment forms and carrier change forms to the carriers as soon as practicable; they should not wait until the monthly processing deadline for July 2002 which is June 25, 2002.

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, 2002- June 30, 2003 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. The changes announced herein will be effective on the following payroll periods: 

Bi-Weekly: Semi-Monthly Monthly:
May 31 - June 13, 2002 June 1 - June 15, 2002 June 1 - June 30, 2002
Payable June 28, 2002 Payable June 14, 2002 Payable June 28, 2002

PLAN CHOICES AND CARRIERS:

A. Medical Plans: For the 2002-2003 plan year, Anthem, ConnectiCare and Health Net will continue to offer Point of Service (POS), Point of Enrollment (POE), and Point of Enrollment-Gatekeeper (POE-G) plans. The medical benefits of all plans remain aligned.
 
An important change in coverage takes effect for all POS plans as of July 1, 2002. The office visit co-payment will increase from $5.00 to $10.00 in accordance with the provisions of SEBAC V. The co-payment for POE and POE-G plans will remain at $5.00.
 
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 requests a 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. Do not attempt to modify MSA health insurance entries for an employee who has an enrolled domestic partner. Contact the Comptroller's Payroll Services Division to make the necessary payroll changes for an employee who is changing plans and/or coverage class.
 
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, 2002, provided the Affidavit was signed in April, May, or June 2002.

QUESTIONS: Personnel or payroll staff who may have questions concerning payroll related procedures should call the Comptroller's Payroll Services Division at (860) 702-3463. Questions regarding other health insurance issues should be directed to the Comptroller's Retirement & Benefit Services Division at (860) 702-3535. However, please refrain from directing employees to these numbers.

Very truly yours,

Nancy Wyman
State Comptroller

NW/SW/wpm

Attachments:
Rate Charts A-N
Rate Schedule

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