AlaskaCare Employee News | November 2020

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November 2020 | #97

Expanded In-Network Care in Anchorage

We are excited to announce, beginning January 1, 2021 both Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center are part of the AlaskaCare network!

AlaskaCare is committed to improving and expanding your benefits to help you stay healthy and affordably access the care you need, when and where you need it.

You will also have network access to many more Anchorage-area ambulatory surgical centers. To find a network provider, or to see if your provider is in-network call Aetna at (800) 821-2251, or use the online DocFind tool.

Your health care keeps getting better and better!

Reduced Premiums!

It is that time of year again—Open Enrollment for the 2021 plan year is going on now! Until November 25, 2020, you have the choice to make changes to your AlaskaCare health coverage plan. We are making it easier than ever to choose the right plan for you and your family. Create a mix of health and voluntary supplemental benefits, it’s up to you! Your new plan benefits begin January 1, 2021. If you decide not to make any changes, don’t worry, you will automatically stay in the current plan you have.

We are proud to offer a range of options, including three medical plans, two dental plans, and several additional benefits you can elect to participate in. In 2021 we are making your care more affordable by:

Start here:

There is a lot to look forward to in 2021, start your journey today!

More Savings in 2021—Beginning with $0 Copays!

$0 copayments for certain specialty medications!

Members taking certain specialty medications can reduce their drug copayments to $0. AlaskaCare can help you eliminate your out-of-pocket costs for certain specialty medications through the Variable Copay Solution program by applying rebates that are available from drug manufacturers. If you or someone in your household has one or more specialty prescriptions, contact Optum Specialty pharmacy at (855) 427-4682 to find out if your medication is eligible for a $0 copay and to learn more about how to enroll in this program.

Better prices for specialty medications!

AlaskaCare is bringing you deeper discounts on high-cost specialty medications by partnering with Optum Specialty pharmacy to serve as the sole network specialty pharmacy. If you are currently filling your specialty medications through a different pharmacy, OptumRx will be in contact with you soon to help you transition your prescriptions to Optum Specialty pharmacy. You can still fill your non-specialty medications at the network pharmacy of your choice.

Lower Rates for Select Life, Supplemental Life, and Long-Term Disability

Eligible State of Alaska employees and employees of participating Political sub-divisions will experience up to 15% reduction in monthly premiums. If you do not participate in Open Enrollment this year, your 2020 benefits will roll over. To enroll and learn more about updated elections, click here!

Increased Health Flexible Spending Account Rollover

If you have the Health Flexible Spending Account (HFSA), you can now rollover $550 of unused funds into the next benefit year. This is an increase from $500 in the previous year. This amount is in addition to the annual benefit amount that is selected for the new benefit year.

We Want To Hear From You! Employee Survey

We care about AlaskaCare and we care about how AlaskaCare works for you. Please complete this short survey before Open Enrollment ends. Completing this survey gives you the opportunity to help us understand what works, what doesn’t, and how we can improve. Your feedback will focus our upcoming goals for the next year, so please don't wait! The Employee Survey about your health care benefits through AlaskaCare is open for feedback until November 23, 2020.

If you have any questions about Open Enrollment, your current plan, or new benefits for 2021, please visit the Open Enrollment webpage.

Roll Your #SleeveUp to Fight Flu

Have you received your flu shot yet? It is recommended to get the Flu vaccine BEFORE the virus begins to spread in your community, as antibodies take about two weeks to develop in the body and protect you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to get the flu vaccine by the end of October. Vaccinations should be available throughout the winter, into January or later.

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-21 to protect yourself, your family, and your community for flu. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients. The more people vaccinated the more people protected. Do your part. Get a flu vaccine today.

When you receive your flu shot, join us is spreading the word with: Roll Your #SleeveUp to Fight Flu!

Encourage your followers on social media to roll up their sleeves for an annual flu vaccine by featuring photos of yourself and others in your community getting a flu vaccine or showing off a bandage after getting a flu vaccine. #Sleeveup

COVID-19 Coronavirus

In response to the COVID-19 national public health emergency declared on January 31, 2020 and the State of Alaska public health disaster emergency declared on March 11, 2020 by Governor Mike Dunleavy, the Division of Retirement and Benefits has implemented temporary plan changes and suspensions in the AlaskaCare health plans. Learn how your health plan is supporting you.

Health Benefit Contact Information

Division of Retirement and Benefits
Member Service Center: (907) 465-4460 | Toll-Free: (800) 821-2251

Medical Benefits: Aetna
Member Services: (855) 784-8646

Dental Benefits: Moda/Delta Dental
Member Services: (855) 718-1768

Pharmacy Benefits: OptumRx
Member Services: (855) 409-6999

Specialty Pharmacy: BriovaRx
Enrollment Services: (855) 427-4682

Health Flexible Spending Accounts (HFSA): PayFlex
Member Services: (800) 416-7053

Surgery Plus
Member Care Advocate: (855) 715-1680

Vision & Audio Benefits: Aetna VSP
Member Services: (855) 784-8646

Member Services: (855) 835-2362