December 16, 2013
2014 Changes to the
Income Continuation Insurance Program
The Group Insurance Board approved the following changes to the
Income Continuation Insurance (ICI) program. These changes are effective
January 1, 2014 and are applicable to both the state employee and
local government ICI plans.
Nurse Practitioners may now complete disability medical certifications
without an accompanying physician signature.
If an employee was not properly enrolled due to employer error
and the employee started premium payments within 60 days after becoming
eligible for ICI coverage, the employee will be deemed to be insured.
Following notice by the employer of improper enrollment, coverage
remains in effect for 30 days, during which time the employee must
properly enroll for coverage. If the employee does not enroll within
the 30 day period, coverage ends.
Waiver of Premium
The premium waiver ends when the leave of absence ends pursuant
to § 40.02 (40). Under § 40.02 (40), a leave of absence is not complete
until the employee has returned to work for 30 consecutive calendar
days at a minimum of 50% of the employee's normal work time. Premiums
(both employee and employer share) need to be paid once the employee's
leave of absence officially ends.
12-Month Claim Filing Deadline
A valid claim for benefits must be filed within 12 months of an
employee's last day in pay status (instead of the date of disability.)
If you have questions, please call the Employer Communications
Center toll free at 1-877-533-5020 or locally at 608-266-3285.