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Final decision made on managed care contracts

May 26, 2011

Central Management Services (CMS) has announced that a final decision regarding the managed care contracts for FY 2012 has been made, and the annual Benefit Choice period will conclude on Friday, June 17, 2011. This will be last day to make all benefit elections, including flexible spending. CMS plan options are summarized for your information below.

As a result of the managed care decision, effective July 1, 2011, the following medical carriers will be available: 

Effective July 1, 2011, the following medical carriers will NOT be available:

  • Humana Benefit Plans of Illinois
  • Humana Winnebago
  • Health Alliance Illinois
  • Health Alliance HMO
  • PersonalCare HMO

Employees enrolled in any of the health plans listed above as not being available MUST select a new carrier by the close of business on Friday, June 17, 2011. Employees who fail to elect a new carrier will be defaulted into the Quality Care Health Plan effective July 1, 2011, and charged the premium associated with that plan. 

To select a new carrier, employees must complete the Benefits Choice enrollment form, which can be found on page 31 of the FY2012 Benefits Choice Options book.

Completed forms must be turned in to NIU Human Resource Services main office or the satellite office in Swen Parson 110 by close of business on Friday, June 17, 2011 to be processed. Forms submitted on Friday, June 17, 2011 will need to be placed in the HRS drop box at the main HR location. Forms will not be accepted after this date and the aforementioned plan default will take place.

A FY2012 Health Care Benefit Choice Q & A for members with more detailed information about the changes and required actions also can be found online.

Employees are encouraged to monitor the CMS Benefits website for the most up to date information and a copy of the Benefit Choice Options Period Booklet. Vendor names, coverage areas and rates have been updated. 

Due to the volume of questions about benefit changes, Human Resource will be hosting informational sessions at Human Resource Services from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 1;  from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 3; and  from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 8. Additional sessions may be scheduled. Should you have any questions, please contact Human Resource Services Insurance Office at (815) 753-6000.

Human Resource Services provides this information as guidance to employees. All procedures, terms and conditions of the State benefit program are as provided by CMS and the State of Illinois. While we make every effort to assure the accuracy and completeness of this information, we recommend that employees directly access the information provided by CMS and the designated care providers who establish and maintain the official policies and procedures. Where possible, we have provided links to relevant websites for your convenience in accessing additional information and clarification.