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   Benefit Choice - Period 2   

Benefit Choice - Period 2 (October 27, 2008 - November 14, 2008)


For additional information on the Benefit Choice Period 2 please visit CMS's website


During the annual Benefit Choice Period members may:


Due to the recent settlement and ratification of the AFSCME contract, a second Benefit Choice Period is being held from October 27 – November 14, 2008.  During this time you have the opportunity to make changes to your existing benefit plans.  Requested changes during this open enrollment period will become effective January 1, 2009.  The new benefit choice booklet was mailed to all members during the week of October 13, 2008. 


Benefit Choice Booklet- Period 2

Benefit Choice Election Form


Changes that will become effective January 1, 2009:

Managed Care Plan (HMO/OAP):

New prescription deductible of $50 per individual per plan year (explained on page 11 of the benefit choice booklet).

Prescription co-payments for preferred brand and non-preferred brand increase to $22/$44 respectively (generic remains $10)

Dependent health contributions have increased (page 13 of the benefit choice booklet)

Specialist office visit co-payments increase from $15 to $20


Quality Care Health Plan (QCHP) Changes:

New prescription deductible of $50 per individual per plan year (explained on page 11 of the benefit choice booklet)

Prescription co-payments for preferred brand and non-preferred brand increase to $24/$48 respectively (generic remains $11)

General out-of-pocket maximum (individual) increases to $1,200

General out-of-pocket maximum (family) increases to $3,000

Coinsurance for out-of-network physicians is reduced from 80% to 70% (in-network coinsurance remains 90%)

Dependent health contributions have increased (page 3 of the benefit choice booklet)

Hospital Bill Audit Program – limit on savings has been eliminated (see page 10 of the benefit choice booklet for details)



Quality Care Dental Plan (QCDP):

Dental deductible increases to $125 per plan participant per plan year


You should only complete the Benefit Choice Election Form if you are making changes.  If you decide to make changes, complete, sign and date the Benefit Choice Election Form and mail to the address below BEFORE the close of business November 14, 2008.  Please include your telephone number on the form.



State Employees Retirement System
2101 South Veterans Parkway
P.O. Box 19255
Springfield, IL 62794-9255


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