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TELEPHONE: (860) 702-3480
|MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD
for DISABILITY RETIREMENT
|HEALTH CARE COST
|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
RETIREMENT AND BENEFIT SERVICES DIVISION
OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
|TO:||Agency Personnel and Payroll Officers|
|FROM:||Nancy McMahon, Assistant Director|
|DATE:||December 14, 2000|
|RE:||MEDSPAN HEALTH OPTIONS|
The Office of the State Comptroller is mailing letters dated December 15, 2000 to subscribers of MedSpan Health Options notifying them that this carrier has elected to withdraw from the State Employees and Retirees Health Benefit Program.
Be advised that MedSpan subscribers are being allowed to enroll in any of the plans (for which they are eligible) offered by the Program's three carriers. However, they cannot add new dependents at this time. Their new coverage will take effect March 1, 2001.
What this means for you:
Effective immediately, MedSpan is closed to new membership; accordingly, do not attempt to process enrollment applications for either new employees or retirees.
MedSpan subscribers are being instructed to obtain Form CO-1048A (Health Insurance Enrollment Application) from their agency's personnel or payroll office. In order to avoid any lapse in coverage, the completed applications must be returned to you no later than the close of business on February 1, 2001 and entered into the MSA payroll system by February 9, 2001 for the paycheck dated February 23, 2001.
If you require additional Health Insurance Enrollment Application Forms (CO-1048A), your agency business office can order them from the state's forms vendor, Vanguard Direct. If you require additional employee Health Care Planners, call the Comptroller's Health Care Analysis Unit at (860) 702-3535. If you require additional provider directories call your respective carrier representative.
As announced in a Retirement & Benefit Services Division Memorandum dated December 7, 2000, ConnectiCare is now open to new membership. If a MedSpan subscriber decides to join ConnectiCare, check the Kaiser box on Form CO-1048A, cross off Kaiser, and write in ConnectiCare.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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