High Option Members
When you're expecting a baby, you have a lot to look forward to. You also have a lot of decisions to make - and probably a lot of questions to ask. That's why your High Option offers a free program to help you throughout your pregnancy and in the days and weeks following your baby's birth.
A healthier pregnancy for you and a healthier life for your baby can start today. Click on MyCareAllies or call (800) 800 582-1314 (Option 8) and enroll in Cigna Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Babies as soon as you know you are pregnant.
Click here for MyCareAllies, login and then click on the tab for Health & Well-being.
Consumer Driven Option Members
Visit myuhc.com for details on the Healthy Pregnancy Program.
- READ NOW » › eHealth Record System Alert! - Aug. 1st & 2nd
- READ NOW » › Federal Regulation to Obtain SSNs
- READ NOW » › Postal Employees’ Health Care Costs Will Rise Far Less Than Originally Estimated
- READ NOW » › The Consumer Driven Option is a PlanSmartChoice winner
eHealth Record System Alert! - Aug. 1st & 2nd
Please be advised, that the eHealthRecord systems will be unavailable Saturday, August 1, 2015 until Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 7pm for system maintenance.
Federal Regulation to Obtain SSNs
The Health Plan Needs to add member social security numbers:
The Affordable Care Act requires us to collect tax identification numbers for all of our members and their covered family members. For individuals (as opposed to businesses), Social Security Numbers serve as your tax identification numbers.
We will use this information to prepare an Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) form 1095-B. This annual form will confirm that you and your covered family members maintained minimum essential coverage with us in compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual shared responsibility mandate which took effect on January 1, 2014. We are required to begin issuing this form to you with a copy to the IRS in early 2016 for the 2015 reporting year.
We assure you that this Plan’s coverage meets minimum essential coverage that the Affordable Care Act requires you and your covered dependents to maintain. You can learn more about this mandate at the IRS’s website -- http://www.irs.gov/uac/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions-for-Individuals-and-Families
The Health Plan will be sending all members a letter requesting your social security number(s) with an enclosed form and return envelope. Please complete the form and return it to us in the enclosed security envelope as soon as possible. You may also contact us by calling our Customer Service line at 1-800-222-2798 (APWU). We do hold this information confidential, and we appreciate your cooperation.
Postal Employees’ Health Care Costs Will Rise Far Less Than Originally Estimated
By Eric Katz
November 12, 2014
U.S. Postal Service employees and retirees received a scare last month when the Office of Personnel Management reported their share of their health care premiums would skyrocket nearly 19 percent in 2015. USPS, however, said the reality is not so bad.
OPM said labor-postal management negotiations were to blame for the average postal enrollee in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program encountering an increase nearly five times that of rest of the federal workforce in 2015. The government contribution, OPM said, would actually decrease 0.9 percent. The Postal Service said the increase in the employees’ share will be far less dramatic, however. Bargaining-unit employees will pay an average of just 1 percent more toward their insurance premiums, according to a USPS spokeswoman, while non-bargaining workers will typically see a 3 percent increase. The overall average premium increase will be 3.4 percent.
USPS will not know exactly how much more each employee is paying for his or her health care until the individual workers choose their plans during Open Season, which is currently under way. Postal officials said they were “actively working with OPM” for clarification on the colossal gap between the estimates calculated by the human resources agency -- which is responsible for negotiating premium rates with carriers providing coverage in FEHBP -- and their own, but they have not heard back.
An OPM spokesman told Government Executive to clarify the 2015 premium changes with the Postal Service. The Postal Service will pay 77 percent of bargaining-unit employees’ weighted-average premium in 2015, down one percent from 2014. For non-bargaining workers, USPS’ share dropped from 75 percent this year to 72 percent next year. The share paid by the Postal Service for unionized workers is determined in the collective bargaining process, while that paid by non-unionized employees is established through “pay consultations with the Postal Service management associations,” the spokeswoman said.
Non-postal federal employees will pay an average of 3.8 percent more for their FEHBP plans next year, according to OPM. All federal workers, both postal and non-postal, have through Dec. 8 to choose a new health plan if they intend to do so.
The Consumer Driven Option is a PlanSmartChoice winner
Congratulations! APWU Health Plan is a 2014 PlanSmartChoice Plus recipient! APWU Health Plan (CDHP, Code: 474 and 475) was one of the top-rated plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program based on the PlanSmartChoice tool results and user satisfaction ratings.
This plan is only awarded to the top ten percent of the overall performance ratings that have scored at least a three star or higher rating on each component score.