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. 2007-09

April 17, 2007

TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES

ATTENTION: Personnel and Payroll Officers, Chief Administrative and Fiscal Officers, Business Managers
SUBJECT: 2007 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Fairs

I. INTRODUCTION

Open enrollment fairs will be conducted throughout the state during the 2007 health insurance open enrollment period for state employees beginning on May 7, 2007 and continuing through June 1, 2007. Coverage selected during the 2007 open enrollment will be effective July 1, 2007

The annual open enrollment period is the only time employees may enroll in, change or add dependents to a health plan. Said changes are not allowed at other times; exceptions are allowed only for changes caused by or related to a change in family or work status which affects the health plan. Employees may not change plans outside the open enrollment period solely on the basis that their healthcare provider(s) are no longer in the plan network. The employee is responsible for contacting their agency personnel/payroll representative to file the appropriate forms within 31 days of the event that necessitates a change in enrollment or plan.

In that connection, the purpose of this memorandum is to announce the open enrollment fair schedule and to provide an overview of the open enrollment process.

II. DISCUSSION

A. Open Enrollment Fairs

Open enrollment fairs have been scheduled through the Retirement & Benefit Services Division of the Comptroller's Office. The fair schedule has been arranged to reach as many employees as possible. The statewide schedule of enrollment fairs is attached for posting and communication to employees. Employees may attend a fair held at any agency or location, subject to the employing agency's operating needs. No appearances by carrier representatives are to be unilaterally arranged by agencies. This policy must be followed in order to guarantee the systematic, efficient, and unimpeded planning of the state-sponsored enrollment fairs.

Note that MetLife, the new Long Term Care Program provider for the State of Connecticut, will be attending all open enrollment fairs to provide information regarding the upcoming statewide enrollment effort. A MetLife representative will be contacting each agency to confirm attendance. Further information relative to the Long Term Care Program will be provided in a subsequent Comptroller's memorandum.

B. HealthCare Options Planner

The HealthCare Options Planner (Planner) that provides a comparison of the benefits among the plans will be mailed to all employees during the open enrollment period. The Planner will contain information regarding applicable employee premium shares, and offer certain general guidelines to assist employees in making their choices. No marketing literature will be included with the Planner. However, each carrier will be allowed to mail marketing material to all employees. Telephone numbers will be listed within the Planner for each carrier for those employees seeking further information on a particular plan. In addition, the carriers will distribute plan information to each agency for examination by individual employees.

C. Enrollment Statements

Enrollment statements will not be included with the Planner or with any marketing material sent to employees, nor will carriers have enrollment statements available at the enrollment fairs. Employees electing or changing coverage may do so only through their personnel or payroll office, which will be the repository of all enrollment statements. This procedure is intended to insure that vendor marketing efforts and enrollment processing are maintained as entirely distinct functions.

III. CONCLUSION

Payroll-related matters, including employee health insurance premiums and detailed information regarding the structure of the state employee health insurance plan for fiscal year 2007-2008, and monthly rates for COBRA continuation coverage will be transmitted to agencies through subsequent Comptroller's Memoranda. Additionally, the Retirement & Benefit Services Division will issue to each agency an advance copy of the Planner. Personnel or Payroll staff who have questions concerning the open enrollment process should contact the Comptroller's Retirement & Benefit Services Division, Central Benefits Unit at (860) 702-3535.

Inquiries regarding the MetLife Long Term Care Program may be directed to the Employee Benefits Unit at (860) 702-3543.

Very truly yours,

Nancy Wyman
State Comptroller

NW/TW

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