June 6, 2003

ATTENTION: Higher Education Agency Heads, Payroll, & Personnel Officers, Chief Administrative Officers and Business Managers
SUBJECT: 2003 - 2004 Health Insurance Rates for Higher Education Part-Time Professional Employees

INTRODUCTION: The state employee annual health insurance open enrollment effective July 1, 2003 was announced in Comptroller's Memorandum No. 2003-18, dated May 20, 2003. Comptroller's Memorandum No. 2003-19 dated June 4, 2003 set forth rates and procedures for bi-weekly employees. In that connection, this memorandum establishes health insurance rates for Higher Education Part-Time Professional Employees and effective payroll dates. The health insurance rates apply to those employees in that category who because of their employment status are ineligible for coverage paid in whole or in part by the State employer. In all other aspects, the procedures set forth in Memorandum No. 2003-19 shall apply to these employees.

PAYROLL EFFECTIVE DATES: The health insurance rates for the period from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004 have been modified to reflect changes necessitated by the implementation of CORE-CT Benefits Administration. As a function of these changes, health insurance premiums are being shifted from pre-payment to concurrent payment. Therefore, the changes announced herein will be effective in the following payroll period: 

Bi-Weekly: June 13 - June 26, 2003 Payable July 11, 2003

CHARTS: These charts are only for use for processing health insurance for employees whose premium is deducted from their payroll check. A separate Memorandum will be issued detailing the new process to be followed for employees who pay their premium by check to the agency. Attached are new and revised rates and charts "AA" through "MM". Charts are included only for those plans that apply to employees paying 100% of the premium. Paired D/OEs for both pre and post-tax deductions are provided on all charts. 

PAYROLL PROCEDURES: For the bi-weekly payroll period from May 30 to June 12, 2003 (check date: June 27, 2003), all medical and dental rates will be set to $0.00 (zero) centrally. Agencies may continue to process prior period manual adjustments for health insurance during this period.

For the bi-weekly pay period from June 13 to June 26, 2003 (check date: July 11, 2003), all medical and dental rates will be updated centrally to new values. New D/OE's and Table Numbers for the Anthem Prescription plan will be added centrally for all employees enrolled in a medical plan. These table numbers will be based on the medical plan and coverage class that was in effect for check date June 13, 2003. 

Agency personnel/payroll offices will continue to be responsible for the maintenance of all other health insurance changes for their employees. The corresponding Prescription Plan Table Numbers must be updated whenever an employee's medical plan and/or coverage class is changed. 

As a result of this change, the payroll record of each employee enrolled in a non-domestic partner medical plan will have one employee share D/OE and table number, one state share D/OE and table number for a medical plan, and one state share D/OE for the corresponding prescription plan. 

NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES: The health care planner mailed to all employees enrolled in health insurance through payroll includes a description of the available options however, only the regular employee-share deduction amount is listed. Therefore, please inform those employees who are eligible to purchase coverage under Sec. 5-259c of the rates in this Memorandum. 

QUESTIONS: Personnel or payroll staff who 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 and Benefit Services Division at (860) 702-3535. Kindly refrain from directing employees to these numbers.

Very truly yours,

Nancy Wyman
State Comptroller


Attachment: Rate Charts AA-MM 

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