25, No. 20, May 4, 2006
‘Benefit Choice’ continues
through May 31
The annual Benefit Choice Enrollment period continues through May
31. This is the only time during the year when all benefit eligible
employees may make changes to their state of Illinois benefit plans
and coverage levels without a qualifying event requirement. Benefit
Choice changes will become effective July 1.
To make enrollment changes or for more information, visit NESSIE,
select the Benefits Tab and then select Benefit Choice from the menu.
Employees must use NESSIE to make any benefit-enrollment changes. Changes
will be accepted online until midnight May 31. Employees with questions
about their benefit options may contact the Benefits Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
What can be changed
During Benefit Choice, employees may make changes to the following state benefits
plans and coverage levels:
- Change health
- Opt out of the
state group health insurance plan (if you have other non-state
- Opt out of or
re-join the dental plan.
- Add/drop dependents
to/from your health and dental plans.
- Change optional
state life insurance.
- Change accidental
death and dismemberment coverage.
- Add/drop spouse
or child life coverage.
- Enroll or re-enroll
in Flexible Spending Accounts (indicate or change the contribution
to your Medical Care Assistance Plan or Dependent Care Assistance
- All current
health plans, including the Quality Care Health Plan and all current
managed-care health plans, will again be available.
- There are several
changes in deductibles, copayments and premiums. This information
is provided in the Benefit Choice Options Booklet that was mailed
to each employee’s home.
has expanded its service area into several new counties throughout
- The Quality
Care Health Plan will limit chiropractic coverage to a maximum
of 30 visits per year.
- The Benefit
Choice Options booklet has information about the new Medicare Part
D benefit for retirees. Except for persons who qualify for low-income/extra-help
assistance under the Social Security Administration, the state department
of Central Management Services suggests that employees should not
enroll in a Medicare Part D Plan, since the existing drug coverage
is as good as, or better than, prescription coverage through Medicare