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Open Enrollment for Benefits -- June 18 - June 29, 2018

posted Jun 18, 2018, 12:46 PM by Courtney Akers


We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our plan year which goes into effect August 1, 2018, and we have some updates we're excited to share this year.



PLAN CHANGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • We are continuing with United Healthcare, and are offering three health plan options: Base Plan, Buy-Up Plan, and High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Account (HDHP/HSA).  (Please see attached Enrollment Memo for plan details.)
  • Employee premiums for the HDHP/HSA and Buy-Up health plans remained the same this year. The premiums for our Base Plan health coverage are reduced for the 2018/2019 plan year.
  • NEW! We’ve now added Enhanced Preventive Prescription Drug Coverage to our HDHP/HSA health plan, where many common prescription drugs are covered 100%. This addition could change the economics of the HDHP/HSA plan versus the Base and Buy-up plans. See the Open Enrollment Memo for more details.
  • The deductible for the HDHP/HSA health plan is now embedded at $3,000 per individual family member. So for Employee/Spouse, Employee/Child(ren), or Family coverage, even if you haven't met the full $6,000 deductible, if any one individual has met the $3,000 limit, then that individual has met the deductible for the plan year.
  • Primary Care for children aged 0-19 is now covered with a $0 co-pay under the Base and Buy-Up health plans.
  • The co-pay for Urgent Care under the Buy-Up health plan has been reduced from $75 to $50.
  • We’re switching our dental coverage to United Healthcare. Our new dental plan includes Orthodontia coverage for children under the age of 18 and has increased annual and rollover maximums. 
  • UHC is honoring existing dental rollover credits from 2017/2018 Guardian plans.
  • As we switch our Dental plan to UHC, dental deductible and limits will reset on August 1, 2018; however, they will reset again, with new deductibles and limits, again on January 1, 2019. 
  • Our Guardian Long-Term Disability (LTD) maximum benefit has increased to $7,500 per month.

 

SPECIAL NOTE FOR ALL UHC HEALTH PLANS:

  • United Healthcare has added a $500 per occurrence deductible (in addition to the plan deductible) for inpatient care, as well as for outpatient care if provided outside an ambulatory surgical center or physician’s office.


Please read the attached Open Enrollment Memo that details the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part.  

 

Also, we have worked with Hill, Chesson & Woody to provide a web presentation highlighting Highmark's benefits for the 2018/2019 plan year. The link to this presentation is included in the memo, or you may watch it here: https://www.brainshark.com/hcwbenefits/vu?pi=zHWzCguT4zNYyBz0 

 

 


WHAT'S NEXT?

Carefully review the attached Open Enrollment Memo and attachments that you receive via email. After you complete all the necessary forms, please return them to Denise Byrd (dbyrd@highmarkcompanies.com)  no later than June 29, 2017.  If you are faxing your forms, please use our electronic fax number 919-869-1800.

 

Benefits Plans Announced for 2017 / 2018 Plan Year

posted Jul 13, 2017, 3:08 PM by Courtney Akers

We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our plan year which goes into effect August 1, 2017.  


PLAN CHANGE HIGHLIGHTS 

  • We are continuing with United Healthcare, and are offering three options: Base Plan, Buy-Up Plan, and High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Account (HDHP/HSA). 
  • Employees who choose the HDHP are eligible to open and maintain a Health Savings Account. We have chosen SelectAccount as our preferred bank for HSAs.
  • Our dental coverage will remain with Guardian with a slight change in premiums.  
  • Our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan is unchanged.  The maximum limit on the Health FSA remains $1,500 and the Dependent Care FSA remains $5,000.  
  • Our life insurance coverage and voluntary life coverage remains the same. 
  • Please read the Open Enrollment Memo that details the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part.  

Also, we have worked with Hill, Chesson & Woody to provide a web presentation highlighting Highmark's benefits for the 2017/2018 plan year, as well as more detailed information on our newest medical plan offering: HDHP/HSA. The link to this presentation is included in the memo, or you may watch it here.

Open Enrollment for Benefits Begins July 8, 2016 and ends July 15, 2016

posted Jul 8, 2016, 11:29 AM by Courtney Akers   [ updated Jul 8, 2016, 11:31 AM ]

We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our plan year which goes into effect August 1, 2016. 
 
PLAN CHANGE HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of the plan changes are as follows:

  • We are continuing with United Healthcare this year, offering two options.  They continue to have the same names of "Base Plan" and "Buy-Up Plan", but the benefits are different from last year so please read the attachments that were sent to you via email on July 8, 2015, which include the Open Enrollment Memo.
  • Our dental coverage will remain with Guardian with a slight change in premiums. 
  • Our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan is unchanged.  The maximum limit on the Health FSA remains $1,500 and the Dependent Care FSA remains $5,000. 
  • Our life insurance coverage and voluntary life coverage remains the same.

Please read the Open Enrollment Memo that details the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part. 
 
Also, we have worked with Hill, Chesson & Woody to provide a web presentation highlighting the plan benefits, as well as United Healthcare's new offering -- "Virtual Visits.”  Watch this helpful presentation for  important information about what is included under the umbrella of "Preventative Care,” learn what constitutes a "Qualifying Event,” and be aware of "Hidden Providers.”  The link to this presentation is included in the memo, or you may watch it here.

WHAT NEXT?


Carefully review the attached Open Enrollment Memo. The memo details what your next steps are depending on which benefits you're electing. All required forms were provided to benefits-eligible employees via email from Denise Byrd and Kirsten Thornburg on July 8. The Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) documents are not available at this time but will be emailed to you once received.

After you complete all the necessary forms, please return them to Denise Byrd at dbyrd@highmarkcompanies.com no later than 10 a.m. EST, July 15, 2016. If you are faxing your forms, please use our electronic fax number 919-869-1800.

GLR and ISR employees, please send your forms to Kirsten Thornburg at kthornburg@gl-resources.com or by fax to 858-748-7968.

Open Enrollment Begins July 1, 2015 and Ends July 8, 2015

posted Jun 30, 2015, 2:44 PM by Courtney Akers

We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our plan year which goes into effect August 1, 2015.

Highlights of the plan changes are as follows:
  • For this next plan year, we will be renewing our medical insurance with United Healthcare.  Our medical coverage remains the same:  the two-tiered plan with Base and Buy-up options.  However, some premiums changed slightly this year.
  • Our dental coverage will remain with Guardian with a slight change in premiums.
  • Our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan is unchanged.  The maximum limit on the Medical/Dental/Vision FSA remains $1,500 and the FSA Dependent Care remains $5,000.
  • Our life insurance coverage and voluntary life coverage remains the same.
Please read the enrollment document outlining the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part.  All the necessary forms will be sent to all employees via email on July 1, 2015, and can also be found on this portal.

After you complete all the necessary forms, please return them to Denise Byrd at dbyrd@highmarkcompanies.com no later than 10 a.m. EST, July 18, 2015. If you are faxing your forms, please use our electronic fax number 919-869-1800.

GLR and ISR employees, please send your forms to Kirsten Thornburg at kthornburg@gl-resources.com or by fax to 858-748-7968.

Highmark Companies Recognized as One of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Triangle!

posted Dec 23, 2014, 8:07 AM by Catharine Vernon   [ updated Feb 17, 2015, 8:05 AM ]

Highmark Companies has been selected as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. The award is based on revenue and profitability growth for the years 2011 through 2013. This is Highmark’s sixth time overall and fifth consecutive year on the Fast 50 and we were one of only a few professional services firms selected. We finished #27 on the year's list, our highest finish ever!

Read the press release to learn more about this award!

Open Enrollment Begins Today and Ends July 14, 2014

posted Jul 2, 2014, 7:23 AM by Catharine Vernon   [ updated Jul 3, 2014, 7:39 AM ]

We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our plan year which goes into effect August 1, 2014. 
Highlights of the plan changes are as follows: 
  • For this next plan year, we will be renewing our medical insurance with United Healthcare.  Our medical coverage remains the same:  the two-tiered plan with Base and Buy-up options.  However, some premiums changed slightly this year. You will see that the vision portion of the UHC plans is a richer benefit, with routine eye exams every 12 months.
  • Our dental coverage will remain with Guardian with a slight change in premiums. 
  • Our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan is unchanged.  The maximum limit on the Medical/Dental/Vision FSA remains $1,500 and the FSA Dependent Care remains $5,000. 
  • Our life insurance coverage and voluntary life coverage remains the same. 
Please read the enrollment document outlining the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part.  All the forms that you might need were sent to all employees via email and can also be found on this portal. After you complete all the necessary forms, please return them to Denise Byrd at dbyrd@highmarkcompanies.com no later than 10 a.m. EST, July 14, 2014. If you are faxing your forms, please use our electronic fax number 919-869-1800.

Highmark Companies Recognized as One of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Triangle!

posted Dec 12, 2013, 1:10 PM by Catharine Vernon

We have been selected as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Research Triangle area by the Triangle Business Journal. The award is based on revenue and profitability growth for the years 2010 through 2012. This is our fifth time overall and fourth consecutive year on the Fast 50 and we were one of only a few professional services firms selected! Thank you all for making this possible!  

Read the full press release.

Open Enrollment Begins Today and Ends July 12, 2013

posted Jul 3, 2013, 1:48 PM by Catharine Vernon   [ updated Jul 3, 2013, 6:09 PM ]

We would like to update all staff on the changes to our insurance benefits package.  We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our 2013- 2014 plan year which goes into effect August 1, 2013.  

Highlights of the plan changes are as follows: 

  • For this next plan year, we will be renewing our medical insurance with United Healthcare and our medical coverage remains the same: the two-tiered plan with Base and Buy-up options. However, some premiums increased slightly this year. The premium increases have been shared between the company and employees.
  • Dental coverage has changed and will be provided by Guardian.  
  • Our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan is unchanged.  The maximum limit on the Medical/Dental/Vision FSA remains $1,500.
  • Our life insurance coverage and voluntary life coverage remains the same. 

Please read the enrollment memo outlining the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part.  All the forms that you need can be downloaded from (http://portal.highmarkcompanies.com/benefits). After you complete all the necessary forms, please return them to Denise Byrd (dbyrd@highmarkcompanies.com)  no later than July 12, 2013If you are faxing your forms to us, please use our electronic fax number 919-869-1800.    

2012 Fast 50 Awarded to Highmark Companies!

posted Nov 30, 2012, 9:12 AM by Catharine Vernon   [ updated Nov 30, 2012, 10:26 AM ]

Highmark Companies has been selected as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal for the fourth time overall and for a third consecutive year! The award is based on revenue and profitability growth for the years 2009 through 2011. We were one of only a few professional services companies receiving this recognition. Read the press release to learn more about it.

Open Enrollment Ends July 11, 2012

posted Jul 2, 2012, 6:48 AM by Catharine Vernon

We would like to update all staff on the changes to our insurance benefits package.  We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our plan year which goes into effect   August 1, 2012.  

Highlights of the plan changes are as follows: 

  • For this next plan year, we will be renewing our medical insurance with United Healthcare.  Our medical coverage remains the same:  the two-tiered plan with Base and Buy-up options.  However, some premiums increased slightly this year. The premium increases have been shared equally between the company and employees.
  • Dental coverage, we are continuing our same coverage through United Healthcare.  We were pleased with the small increase in dental coverage costs.  
  • Our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan is unchanged.  The maximum limit on the Medical/Dental/Vision FSA remains $1,500.
  • Our life insurance coverage and voluntary life coverage remains the same. 

Please read the enrollment memo outlining the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part.  All the forms that you need can be downloaded from (http://portal.highmarkcompanies.com/benefits). After you complete all the necessary forms, please return them to Denise Byrd (dbyrd@highmarkcompanies.com)  no later than July 11, 2012If you are faxing your forms to us, please use our electronic fax number 919-869-1800.    

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