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Announcements: May 26, 2010

This memo is distributed by Human Resource Services:

Maintaining Coverage for Currently Enrolled Dependents Between the Ages of 19 and 26, Regardless of Student Status

A resolution was passed by the Committee on Employee Hospital and Medical Benefits (Legislative Oversight Committee) on May 5, 2010, to draft legislation that would allow all currently enrolled State Health Plan dependents to remain on the Plan if they are under age 26, regardless of their student status. It is currently legislated that dependents between the ages 19 and 26 must be full-time students to be enrolled in the Plan.

If passed, this legislation would no longer require dependents between the ages of 19 and 26 to be removed from coverage if they are not full-time students.

The State Health Plan is advising members who want to continue coverage for their dependent children graduating from college this May, and who will lose eligibility on June 1, to not terminate their coverage. If a dependent’s coverage is terminated, they will not be allowed to enroll their dependents in the Plan until the Federal mandate under Health Care Reform goes into effect for the Plan on July 1, 2011.

If the state legislation does not pass and an employee/retiree has kept their graduating dependent on their coverage, the dependent will be termed retroactive to June 1, 2010 and offered COBRA coverage, with a June 1 effective date. Dependents will have 60 days from June 1, 2010 to elect COBRA. Any claims incurred after June 1 will be the responsibility of the dependent, if COBRA coverage is not elected.

Additionally, the premium will be reimbursed to employees/retirees if a tier coverage change is made when the dependent is removed (i.e. the difference in cost between employee-child coverage and employee-only coverage).

Dependent children between the ages of 19 and 26 who are not currently enrolled and who are not full-time students must wait to enroll in the State Health Plan until the Federal mandate under Health Care Reform goes into effect for the Plan (July 1, 2011). At that time, the Plan will provide coverage of all dependents up to age 26, regardless of student status.