Anthem Insurance recently notified Jefferson Lab that as of April 1, 2012, network and design changes will occur with the Lab's current medical insurance products. Anthem is in the process of streamlining their plan options to better manage cost and complexity. These changes were mandated by Anthem and are unrelated to the Benefits Cost Study measure that Mont discussed in November.
As a result of Anthem's realignment efforts, listed below are some important changes affecting BlueCare Indemnity, KeyCare PPO 15, and HealthKeepers HMO medical benefits. The newly offered medical plans are comparable to your current elections; however, you should carefully review the information to know how your benefits are changing if enrolled with Anthem or are considering Anthem as your health insurance provider.
For those enrolled in Optima, medical insurance plan offerings will not change. You will continue to automatically default to your current elections in the Optima Plan. During open enrollment you will have the option to go into the Employee Self Service system to change elections if you choose.
Open enrollment will be February 14-29, 2012. Additional information sessions will be scheduled to assist with inquiries. Anthem Representatives will also be on-site during some of the information sessions to answer questions.
Open enrollment materials will be available online starting February 14, 2012. This material will provide details about the Anthem plan modifications to better educate you on the rates and plan design differences that will result from Anthem's restructuring efforts.
Note: If you want to change plans, add/remove dependents, drop medical coverage or enroll in the Medical Flexible Spending Account, you MUST enter the Employee Self Service Open Enrollment system and complete the appropriate steps.
As always, we are committed to providing comprehensive and competitive benefits as well as communicating any changes impacting your benefit selections.
Submitted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 2:00pm