Maricopa County is committed to providing affordable, quality health care benefits coverage to its employees and their families.
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Important Information About Your September 9 Paycheck
Benefit premium deductions are based on pay period end dates, not pay dates. This means that months with three pay period end dates will not have benefits-related premium deductions taken on the paycheck that corresponds with the third pay period end date.
In the month of August there were three pay period end dates: August 2, 16 and 30. For this reason, your September 9, 2015 paycheck (which is for the pay period that ended August 30) will not have benefit premium deductions taken. This includes contributions to a health savings account and flexible spending accounts, and deductions to pay down any benefit premium arrears balance you may owe.
Changes in the Healthcare Industry
There are two major changes in the healthcare industry that you should be aware of.
Catamaran is now OptumRx
Catamaran and OptumRx have combined to become one company – OptumRx. You may gradually start seeing the name changed from Catamaran to OptumRx in marketing materials, the web portal, letters, and e-mail messages.
If you are a participant in the Catamaran Co-Insurance Prescription Plan, nothing is changing when it comes to your current prescription benefits. Click here to view responses to some frequently-asked questions.
Cigna will become Anthem
Cigna and Anthem have announced an agreement to become one global health service company. This merger is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016, and until then, the two companies remain separate.
If you are a participant in a Cigna medical or dental plan, this change has no effect on your current plan benefits including coverage details, ID cards, copays, deductibles, and out-of-pocket maximums. As more information becomes available, it will be communicated to you.
Healthy Life Seminars
Cigna is offering a series of Healthy Life Seminars in September. These sessions are free and available to all County employees, not just those enrolled in the Cigna HMO. The topic for September is "Cold or Flu?"
Make Sure Your Newly-Added Dependents are Covered
A dependent audit is being conducted by ADP to validate that newly-added dependents enrolled in benefits during the County’s annual Open Enrollment period are eligible to participate in the County’s benefits plans. Letters were mailed to employees on July 6, 2015 requesting that they respond to the audit by Wednesday, August 5, 2015.
The audit applies to employees who added new dependents to their health benefits during Open Enrollment. Employees whose dependents had been previously approved as eligible for coverage AND who had medical, vision, and/or dental coverage during Plan Year 2014-2015 will not be re-audited.
To prevent having dependents dropped from coverage, employees should respond to the audit letter by taking three simple steps:
- Gather the documentation requested in the audit letter.
- Fax, mail, or upload the documentation to ADP using the Cover Sheet provided in the letter.
- Submit the documentation by the due date.
Failure to respond to the audit within the specified timeframe will result in dependents being dropped from coverage retroactively to July 1, 2015, and employees being financially responsible for claims paid for dependents during the period of ineligibility.
For questions regarding the Dependent Verification process, please contact the Maricopa County Employee Benefits Division at (602) 506-1010. For questions regarding the status of an audit, please contact the ADP Dependent Verification Service Center at (800) 847-8531. Thank you.
Change in Eligibility for Group Health Benefits
In response to the October 17, 2014 U.S. District Court ruling, same-sex marriage is now legal in Arizona, and same-sex couples legally married in other states are now recognized as legal spouses under Arizona law.
The eligibility rules for coverage under the Maricopa County Benefits Plan have been updated to allow employees to add their same-sex spouse and eligible dependents to coverage, provided all other eligibility requirements are met. (Click here for more information.)
Magellan Healthcare presents a monthly webinar that focuses on a variety of subjects.
The webinar for Wednesday, September 9, 2015 is "When Someone You Love Has Depression." Highlights include defining types of depression, learning how to recognize signs of depression, identifying what you can do to help someone with depression, and how to take care of yourself while you are helping someone. The webinar is 11:00-12:00 pm MST.
Click here to register for the webinar.
Premise Health Care Center / Walgreens Pharmacy @ Administration Building, 301 W. Jefferson
The Premise Health Care Center (480.347.4791) and Walgreens Pharmacy (602.283.9925) conveniently located on the second floor of the Administration Building provides onsite pharmacy, health care, and laboratory services Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The center is closed daily for lunch from 1:00-1:30 pm.
Newly Benefits-Eligible Employees:
Employees enrolled in a County-sponsored medical plan can log on to the StayWell Wellness Portal at maricopa.staywell.com to:
- Schedule a Biometric/Tobacco Screening
- Take a Health Assessment
- Complete a Tobacco Free Affidavit
Completing these assessments can help employees reduce their medical premium. Starting with Plan Year 2015-16, the wellness incentives are bundled, and applied on a prospective basis.