Idaho employees covered by state’s Blue Cross health insurance plans will receive a break from automatic payroll premium deductions this month because of a compensation plan passed by the Idaho Legislature and signed by the governor earlier this year.
That plan directed the Department of Administration to
pay one month of group
The premium will be paid from reserve accounts that had
been contractually obligated to the state's former insurer, and were
released following the final settlement of the contract.
Payroll centers will stop all December medical and dental
premiums from being withheld on the appropriate pay dates.
PERSI will stop all of those deductions from being withheld or drawn from the retiree’s sick leave funds.
Those retirees being billed directly by Blue Cross of Idaho will not receive a billing for the December premium, which would normally be sent to them in November.
Retirees who have their premiums directly withheld from bank accounts will receive a refund check from Blue Cross of Idaho in the amount of the premium withheld, thus eliminating the need to stop and restart the automatic bank draft process.