Non-Medicare Retiree/Survivor Health Plan Changes
Effective July 1, 2014

 

ALL NON-MEDICARE HEALTH PLANS

BENEFIT CHANGES RELATED TO FEDERAL HEALTH CARE REFORM AND MENTAL HEALTH PARITY
Increased coverage for the following benefits; these benefits will be standardized across all Non-Medicare health plans:
No dollar limit on wigs needed for cancer, leukemia, alopecia areata, alopecia totalis or permanent hair loss due to injury; restrictions may apply
No dollar limit on low-protein foods for specified complex medical conditions
No dollar limit on medically necessary Early Intervention Services (infant to age 3)
No dollar limit on in-home dialysis non-durable equipment medical supplies, drugs and equipment
No dollar limit on speech therapy: visit maximums apply
$5,000 per person/$10,000 per family in-network out-of-pocket maximum: out-of-pocket maximum will apply to medical and mental health/substance abuse costs, but will not apply to prescription drug costs for Harvard Independence and Primary Choice, Tufts Navigator and Spirit, and UniCare Basic, Community Choice and PLUS.  Out-of-pocket maximum will apply to medical, mental health/substance abuse, and prescription drug costs for Fallon Direct and Select Care, Health New England and Neighborhood Health Plan.

There are no benefit changes for Medicare plans.

OTHER NON MEDICARE HEALTH PLAN BENEFIT CHANGES

FALLON HEALTH DIRECT CARE AND SELECT CARE
ItFits Health Club Reimbursement Benefit expanded to include one three-month gym membership reimbursement per subscriber to YMCA/YWCA; one five-month Weight Watchers Monthly Pass reimbursement per subscriber.

NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH PLAN
PCP Copay:  In keeping with the GIC’s efforts to encourage care coordination by Primary Care Providers (PCPs), PCPs will no longer be tiered and the copay will be $20 per visit.
Outpatient Mental Health/Substance Abuse Copay:  $20 per visit

TUFTS HEALTH PLAN NAVIGATOR AND SPIRIT
Inpatient Hospital Care:  Tufts Health Plan will no longer tier hospitals by different types of services.  Hospitals will be tiered for all services combined based on quality and/or cost.

UNICARE INDEMNITY PLAN BASIC, COMMUNITY CHOICE, AND PLUS
Certain Injectable and Infused Specialty Drugs for conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis and immune diseases will be dispensed and covered through CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy and will be excluded from the medical benefit.   This provision does not apply to infused chemotherapy agents.

UNICARE INDEMNITY PLAN PLUS
PCP Copay:  Members will pay a lower copay if they visit a Centered Care PCP: $15 per visit

 


This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission.