RPEN regrets an error in our latest issue of the RPEN Review (Jan/Feb 2019) going into mail boxes this week (as of February 20, 2019) when we mistakenly picked up an old column from PEBP Executive Officer Damon Haycock under his “Health Matters” column. We are posting the correct “Health Matters” column here today so our members can see the latest information from PEBP.
The PEBP Board approved in November 2018 and January 2019 the use of excess reserves to fund additional programs and services to PEBP members in Plan Year 2020 (beginning July 1, 2019). Similar to the current year, PEBP will be providing $200 additional Health Savings Account (HSA) and Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) funding to employees and pre-Medicare retirees on our Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) tied to preventive activities (doctor visits, labs, dental visits and teeth cleanings) and enrollment in Doctor on Demand and Healthcare Bluebook. Different next year, PEBP will be providing an additional $200 with no requirements attached.
PEBP will also be increasing the Medicare Part B premium credit for retirees on the CDHP, HMO, and EPO plans from $134 to $135.50 to coincide with the federal announced minimums earlier in January.
PEBP is partnering with two UNLV entities – the Dietetic Internship and Nutrition Center and the UNLV Student Health Center (SHC) and Faculty and Staff Treatment Center (FAST) which will allow the piloting of a nutrition education program targeted at high-risk PEBP members in Southern and rural Nevada. Information to participate will be coming out soon.
For the first time in program history, PEBP is significantly increasing the amount of voluntary benefits available to every participant next year:
- Accident, Critical Illness and Hospital Indemnity Plans;
- Identification Theft Protection;
- Legal Plan Provisions;
- Auto, Home and Renters Insurance through additional carriers;
- Pet Insurance; and
- Vision Plan Services
More information on these programs are detailed in our January newsletter on our website.
PEBP is dedicated to providing members access to high quality benefits at affordable prices. We look forward to serving you this year!