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PEIA new plan year confirmation letters: Healthy Tomorrows notification clarification

PEIA has recently mailed out employee policyholder confirmation letters summarizing the employee's health and life insurance coverage elections, coverage tier and applicable discounts for the new plan year that began on July 1, 2017.  The Healthy Tomorrows Numbers Reported information has caused some confusion for policyholders.  

Additional information to help clarify the Healthy Tomorrows Reported information:
  • There was an error in the text of the confirmation letters. The letter said "Healthy Tomorrows Numbers Reported", but it should have said "Healthy Tomorrows Criteria MET."
  • If an employee's letter says Healthy Tomorrows Numbers Reported and the answer is NO, it means that either we did not receive a form, or they did not meet the criteria for the discount. 
  • If it says Healthy Tomorrows Numbers Reported: YES, it means that the policyholder met the criteria, and will not be paying the additional $500 deductible. 
  • If the employee's doctor marked the certification that the numbers cannot be met, the letter would have said Healthy Tomorrows Numbers Reported: YES.
  • Anyone who got a YES on their Healthy Tomorrows line has avoided the additional $500 deductible for plan year 2018.
  • Any policyholder can check their Healthy Tomorrows status on the Manage My Benefits site by logging in, but it will show the same information as was printed in the letter.  If an employee disagrees with what their letter says or what it says on the Manage My Benefits website, they must appeal in writing to the director of PEIA at the address on the letter. 
PEIA may be contacted at 888-680-7342.
Read PEIA's announcement.

Discontinuation of Payment of Unused Sick Leave Program

Effective June 22, 2017 the West Virginia State Legislature has eliminated funding for the State Employee Sick Leave Fund.  The fund was created by  W. Va. Code §5-5-6 in 2009 and provided eligible employees an option to receive payment for their unused sick leave. Effective with the elimination of the sick leave fund due to recent state budget cuts, requests for payment of unused sick leave are no longer being accepted or approved by the State Department of Administration.


Annual 403(b) Universal Availability Notice

West Virginia University (the "University") is a participating employer of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education 403(b) Tax Deferred Retirement Savings Plan (the "Plan"). All employees of the University, including employees not eligible for benefits, can voluntarily elect to defer a portion of their wages to the Plan for retirement savings.

Please see the Annual 403(b) Universal Availability Notice website for additional information.


Rx Savings Solutions for PEIA PPB Plan Members

Starting April 1, 2017 PEIA has partnered with Rx Savings Solutions to offer PEIA PPB Plan members access to innovative healthcare software. Members are provided with a free, confidential benefit that provides members and their dependents with cost savings opportunities on medications.  Members may register for this service now by logging in their  HealthSmart account and selecting Rx Savings Solutions from the menu.

Need Help? Click here for step by step instructions on how to access the website and who to contact if you have questions.


WVU partnering with Care.com 

Effective November 1, 2016, WVU is partnering with Care.com, a national organization of caregivers, to bring eligible employees and members of the WVU Retirees Association Care@Work membership at no cost. Eligible employees will have access to care for every member of their family, no matter where they are nationwide, simply by signing up with their official WVU e-mail address.


Reminder: PEIA and The Health Plan dependent yearly verification

As a reminder for employee policyholders, PEIA and The Health Plan conduct dependent verifications every year to ensure they have the most up-to-date information possible for employee’s insured dependents. This includes address, date of birth, other insurance information, etc. Employee policyholders may find that they are prompted to update this information when logging into PEIA’s Manage My Benefits, typically during Open Enrollment. Employees with questions regarding dependent verification may contact PEIA, The Health Plan or HealthSmart for assistance.


TIAA On-Campus Individual Counseling Sessions

To schedule an individual session on campus, please visit TIAA or call (800) 732-8353.