ITD employees will have two insurance options from which
to choose when they complete their new enrollment forms in
May, according to the Idaho Office of Insurance Management.
Members of the HR Staff attended a payroll processing meeting
earlier this week where they learned more about the transition
to a new health insurance provider.
employees participating in the health insurance program provided
by the state of Idaho will be required to complete new forms
before Blue Cross of Idaho begins a contract with the state,
effective July 1. Blue Cross was the successful bidder in
the remarketing of health insurance for the state.
Approximately 1,750 ITD employees now participate in the
health insurance plan.
The Office of Insurance Management received 16 proposals
from 14 insurance companies. The remarketing team chose to
interview two potential providers Regence BlueShield,
which has had the state contract for more than a quarter century,
and Blue Cross. Two companies submitted proposals for vision
coverage, and seven mental health providers competed for state
Vision Services Plan, Delta Dental and Business Psychology
Associates will continue to provide coverage for state employees.
Enrollment options will be explained in a series of statewide
related story, meeting schedule) that begins
April 19 and continues through the end of the month. Carlin
Hill of the ITD Human Resources office strongly encourages
employees who need more information about insurance options
to attend one of the meetings.
Blue Cross will offer two choices a traditional plan,
similar to the one now provided by Regence and a Preferred
Provider Organization (PPO) plan.. The traditional plan allows
participants to choose any medical service provider without
effect on reimbursement. These plans reimburse the patient
and/or provider as expenses are incurred.
Under the PPO plan, coverage is provided through a network
of selected health care providers, such as hospitals and physicians.
The latter should not be confused with a Health Maintenance
Organization (HMO), Hill says. HMOs require a primary care
physician and referrels for other physicians.
Open enrollment for vision and dental coverage will be May
1-28. Employees who previously declined dental and/or vision
coverage for their dependents will have the opportunity to
enroll them onto their plan. There is not an open enrollment
for vision and dental every year.
The first informational meeting is scheduled for the Capitol
Mall, west conference room, of the Joe R. Williams Building,
from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. A meeting also will is scheduled at
ITD Headquarters on April 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Employees are encouraged to visit the Blue Cross website
The website includes listings of participating providers for
both the traditional and PPO plans. General questions also
may be directed to the ITD Human Resource Services office.
Human Resources will provide additional information as it