After nearly a quarter century of health insurance coverage
by the same provider, the state of Idaho will move to a new
provider, effective July 1.
Cross of Idaho recently was selected as the FY 2005 insurance
carrier for group medical, vision and behavioral health coverage,
announced the Department of Administrations Office of
Group Health Insurance. The $125 million contract covers approximately
48,000 state employees, their dependents and retirees.
Boise-based Blue Cross serves 320,000 customers in Idaho.
The states Health Insurance Remarketing Technical Evaluation
Team made its recommendation following interviews of finalists
in early March. The initial invitation to bid
for the states health, vision and behavioral insurance
contracts was sent to 52 potential vendors last November.
The Technical Evaluation Team thoroughly considered
the responses to the requirements contained in the request
for proposal, providing a comprehensive evaluation for each
one, said Pam Ahrens, Director of the Department of
Administration. We truly appreciated their commitment
of time and expertise to this process.
The team recommended continuation of the current, fully insured
model for this year. Team members also suggested a feasibility
study on moving to a self-insured model in the future.
For FY05, the team also suggested the state consider providing
employees a choice of both the traditional coverage or a preferred
provider organization (PPO) model. The latter option enables
employees access to health/medical care through a network
of selected health care providers, such as hospitals and physicians.
An employee advisory group helped the Department of Administration
design the new health insurance plan.
ITD and other state employees can obtain the latest information
about the transition to a new health insurance provider by
downloading the latest benefits newsletter
Employees or their dependents who receive ongoing medical
treatment can learn more about the carrier transition process
by contacting Blue Cross of Idaho at 331-8897 in the Boise
area or 1 (866) 804-2253 from elsewhere in Idaho toll-free.
The line is answered during business hours.