Changes for 2014
January 1 will bring important
changes to the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan, including a new benefit year
schedule, new partners, and improved options for dental and vision plans.
Please take time to become familiar with these upcoming changes.
1, 2014, the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan will operate on a
calendar year. The benefit year will begin on January
1 and end on December
1, 2014, Aetna will administer all medical and pharmacy claims
for the AlaskaCare Health Plans and Moda Health/Delta Dental of Alaska will
administer all dental claims. Aetna will also administer the Health Flexible
Spending Account and the Dependent Care Assistance Plan through PayFlex, a
wholly owned subsidiary of Aetna. Our new partners bring a variety of
enhanced services, including expanded medical and dental networks. Be on the
lookout for your new AlaskaCare medical and dental ID cards before the new
Changes to Your Benefits:
The standard vision plan
currently offered by AlaskaCare will be eliminated on December
31, 2013, and members will be able to elect vision coverage
through the VSP-managed care plan. This plan provides high-value benefits
with lower premium rates and no annual benefit maximum. Members in the
standard vision plan will be automatically enrolled in the enhanced VSP-managed
care plan unless a different election is made during open enrollment. The
two-benefit-year limit on changing vision elections will be waived during
this open enrollment period. To learn more about the VSP-managed care plan,
please visit Alaska.gov/drb/OpenEnrollment.
Preventive plan: Members
receiving non-preventive services from an in-network provider will be
protected from overbilling and will not pay more than Delta Dental of
Alaska’s negotiated rate for a procedure.
Standard plan: Orthodontia
and restorative coverage will be added to the standard dental plan. This
gives more people access to these services while avoiding the higher
monthly costs associated with the premium dental plan.
Premium plan: The premium
plan will be eliminated on December
31, 2013, as members have access to expanded services
under the standard plan for a reduced monthly cost.
Members in the premium dental
plan will be automatically enrolled in the standard dental plan unless a
different election is made during open enrollment. The two-benefit-year
limit on changing dental elections will be waived during Open Enrollment. To
learn more about the enhanced dental plans, please visit Alaska.gov/drb/OpenEnrollment.
You can also call Moda Health/Delta Dental of Alaska at (855)
1, 2014, expanded precertification requirements will take
effect. The full listing of services that will require precertification is
available in the Summary of Benefits and Coverage available at Alaska.gov/drb/OpenEnrollment.
Remember, as of July 1, 2013,
the following changes have been made to your Group Life and Optional
Basic Life: Pays $2,000
for employee’s death ($10,000 for employee’s death for General
Government, Supervisory, Confidential, and Excluded units and employees
in the Exempt and Partially Exempt services). Please note, due to IRS
regulations, if a member selects a Supplemental Life option that, when
combined with Basic Life, amounts to life insurance coverage exceeding
$50,000, the portion of the premiums for the coverage over $50,000 is
Travel Accidental Death
and Dismemberment: Pays $100,000 to your beneficiary if you die
accidentally ($200,000 for employees in the General Government,
Supervisory, Confidential, and Excluded units and employees in the
Exempt and Partially Exempt services).
Visit Alaska.gov/drb/OpenEnrollment to
You will need your Retirement
Identification Number (RIN) to enroll. You can easily find your RIN through
the Get My RIN button in the left column of any Division Web page or by
clicking on the following link: Alaska.gov/drb/Your_RNB/Employee/RIN.
View answers to frequently asked questions or attend
a seminar to learn more about Open Enrollment for AlaskaCare and
State of Alaska Optional Benefits.