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2019 It's Your Choice - State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance for Employees and Retirees

Wisconsin Department Of Employee Trust FundsIt's Your Choice 2019


State of Wisconsin
Group Health Insurance Program
(State Employees, Retirees, Continuants and Graduate Assistants)

Important Changes for 2019

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ALEX is a new online tool that walks you through the process of picking your best benefits, and provides easy-to-understand explanations for any questions you might have along the way. Before you enroll, visit ALEX.

ALEX is not available for retirees with Medicare.

Robin with HealthPartners

HealthPartners has added a new health plan option with coverage in northeast Wisconsin.

This new health plan option will cover the following counties: Brown, Calumet, Florence, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago. There will be some access in Michigan's upper peninsula as well.

The new network features, but is not limited to, the following providers:

  • Aurora Health Care
  • BayCare Clinic
  • Bellin Health
  • Dickinson County Healthcare System (DCH System)
  • Holy Family Memorial
  • ThedaCare

Find more information here.

It’s Your Choice Medicare Advantage with UnitedHealthcare®

New option for Medicare-enrolled retirees and their Medicare-enrolled dependents. The plan offers Uniform Benefits and a nationwide network. Find more information here.

State Maintenance Plan (SMP)

SMP will be newly available in Forest County.

SMP is no longer available in Florence County. Make sure your providers are in-network for 2019 or select another plan.

Coverage under these plans will end December 31, 2018.

Anthem DentalBlue

Current participants in any of the three Anthem plans will need to choose a new Delta Dental plan to have supplemental dental coverage in 2019.

EPIC Benefits+

Current participants will need to choose a new Delta Dental plan to have supplemental dental for 2019, or Zurich for Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage. There will be no hospital and surgical indemnity coverage option for 2019.

EPIC Dental Wisconsin

Current participants will need to choose a new Delta Dental plan to have supplemental dental for 2019.

Mutual of Omaha Long-Term Care Insurance (Administered by HealthChoice)

Current participants can continue their long-term care policies and do not need to take any action. If you want to make changes or cancel your plan, contact HealthChoice at 1-800-833-5823.

Delta Dental Supplemental Dental

You have two new options of supplemental dental to choose from:

  • Delta Dental PPOSM - Select Plan
  • Delta Dental PPO Plus PremierTM - Select Plus Plan

Find more information here.

Vision and Accidental Death and Dismemberment plans have some enhanced benefits for 2019 at no additional cost. Find more information here.

Telehealth

Telehealth services will be covered 100% for non-High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) options. HDHP participants pay the full cost until their deductible is met.

Gender Identity Services

The exclusion related to benefits or services based on gender identity is removed for 2019.

Home Sleep Studies

Coverage for medically necessary sleep studies at home.

Contact Lenses for Keratoconus Treatment

Coverage for one set of medically necessary hard contact lenses if being treated for keratoconus. Consider supplemental vision coverage for additional sets.

Tooth Extractions

Coverage for extraction (removal) of erupted teeth (above the gumline) will be covered by the Uniform Dental Benefit instead of the medical benefit.

Transplants

Transplant coverage language has been simplified to defer to clinical teams to make decisions on appropriateness.

Skin Tags

Skin tag removal is excluded.

Prescription Foot Orthotics

Coverage for only one orthotic per foot, per year.

Increased Cost Sharing for Brand Name Level 3 Drugs

This change does not apply to retirees with Medicare.

Some doctors write prescriptions as “DAW-1,” or “dispense as written.” This means the pharmacist will fill the brand name drug as written and will not substitute an available generic equivalent.

Starting in 2019, you will pay more for “DAW-1” brand name level 3 drugs unless you cannot take the generic equivalent due to a medical need. If you have a medical need, your doctor must submit a one-time FDA MedWatch form to Navitus for the prescription. Have your doctor contact Navitus for the form.

The FDA MedWatch form must be submitted the first time you are prescribed the medication. Under normal circumstances, the form will be processed within 72 hours. For urgent/emergent situations, the form will be processed within 24 hours. After the form is submitted, it will stay on file with Navitus. Your doctor will not need to resubmit the form.

Without the form, you will pay the 40% coinsurance plus the cost difference between the brand name drug and its generic equivalent. See the examples below for more explanation.

 

Your doctor prescribes you BrandNameStatin and marks it as “DAW-1”. You do not have a medical need so your doctor does not submit the FDA MedWatch form

30-Day Supply Costs

Your Costs with Insurance

  • BrandNameStatin: $1,250
  • Generic equivalent: $5

Cost Before Insurance:

  • BrandNameStatin: $2,000
  • Generic equivalent: $900
BrandNameStatin Cost Calculation

$2,000 x 40% = $800 $150
You pay 40% of the original drug price. There is a limit of $150

$2,000 - $900 = $1,100
You also pay the cost difference between the brand name drug and the generic equivalent

$150 + $1,100 = $1,250

When having a brand name drug is not medically necessary, you can save money by getting the generic. In this example you’d save $1,245 each time you fill your prescription.

Your doctor prescribes you BrandNameStatin and marks it as “DAW-1”. The brand name drug is medically necessary because you are allergic to an ingredient in the generic equivalent. Your doctor submits the FDA MedWatch form to Navitus.

30-Day Supply Costs

Your Costs with Insurance

  • BrandNameStatin: $150

Cost Before Insurance:

  • BrandNameStatin: $2,000
BrandNameStatin Cost Calculation

$2,000 x 40% = $800 $150
You pay 40% of the original drug price. $800 is higher than the max, you are only responsible for $150.

Disclaimer:
Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but may be subject to change. Please note revision dates located at the bottom of each page. In the event of conflicting information, federal law, state statute, state health contracts and/or policies and provisions established by the State of Wisconsin Group Insurance Board shall be followed.

This page was last modified on: 9/11/2018 12:30:05 PM