Learn More About Non-Qualifying Life Events

Information about how to change your address, your options if your provider leaves the network, or prescription drug formulas change.

Updated on June 8, 2016

How to change your address

It's important to keep your address up to date with both the GIC and the post office so that you receive important information about your benefits. Be aware that if you do not let both the GIC and the post office know of your address change, the address the GIC has on file for you could be replaced by the address the post office has on record, as required by U.S. Postal Service regulations. Additionally, any address changes you give to your health plan may be overwritten by the GIC's records. To process an address change, take the following steps:

  • Employees and Retirees - visit your local post office, or go to the U.S. Postal Service website to submit an address change.
  • Employees - complete a GIC Enrollment/Change form and return to your GIC Coordinator.
  • Retirees - complete and return to the GIC a Retiree/Survivor Enrollment/Change Form or write to the GIC requesting the change. Include your name, GIC Identification Number (usually your Social Security Number), telephone number, date and signature.
  • Note:  If you move out of your health plan’s service area, that’s a qualifying status change and you MUST notify the GIC within 60 days of the change.  Learn more about Qualifying Life Events and your options here.

You cannot change your health plan if your doctor or hospital left your health plan’s network and it is not the GIC’s annual enrollment

You cannot change health plans until the GIC’s Annual Enrollment. Doctors and hospitals can leave a health plan during the year, usually as part of contract negotiations with a health plan.  Contact your health plan to find another doctor or hospital that is in the health plan.  During the GIC’s spring Annual Enrollment, you can change your health plan if you so desire.  The only instance when you can (and must) change your health plan during the year is if you move out of the health plan’s service area, or are retired and become eligible for Medicare.

You cannot change your health plan if your prescription drug formulary changed during the year

You cannot change health plans until the GIC’s Annual Enrollment.  Prescription drug formularies can change during the year, and, in the event your drug moves to a more expensive tier, alternative prescription drug choices are usually available to you with lower copays.  During the GIC’s spring Annual Enrollment, you can change your health plan if you so desire.  The only instance when you can (and must) change your health plan during the year is if you move out of the health plan’s service area, or are retired and become eligible for Medicare.

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