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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

Nurse Practitioners may now complete disability medical certifications without an accompanying physician signature.

Employer Error

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.

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