Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, BlueChoice HealthPlan HMO will no longer be a grandfathered health plan, and it will begin to cover preventive services mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Premiums will also increase significantly in 2014. Be sure to check the charts on the “Premiums” page of the PEBA Insurance Benefits website. We encourage you to carefully examine the health plan choices available to you for 2014 and make the choice that is best for you.
During open enrollment, October 1-31, 2013, you have the opportunity to change your health plan if you choose. Your options for health coverage for 2014 are:
- Remaining with BlueChoice (unless Medicare is the primary insurance for you or one of your covered dependents – in this situation, you must change to another health plan)
- State Health Plan—Savings Plan
- State Health Plan—Standard Plan.
If you wish to change your health plan, you may do so electronically through MyBenefits, PEBA Insurance Benefits’ online enrollment system. Go to www.eip.sc.gov and select “MyBenefits” from the column on the left of the home page. Please see your benefits administrator to make your changes if you do not use MyBenefits. You must make all changes by Oct. 31, 2013, for your choices to become effective Jan. 1, 2014.
The next opportunity to change to another health plan will be the October 2014 enrollment period, for an effective date of Jan. 1, 2015.
Please note: BlueChoice will not offer the Quit for Life tobacco cessation program in 2014. BlueChoice's Away From Home Care program was discontinued June 30, 2013.