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Q. When is the deadline for enrolling in a medical insurance plan?
A. All forms must be in Payroll by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, September 30.
Q. I'm on Premera and want to stay on it. Do I still need to turn in a form?
A. Yes, you need to send in the form stating "I'm staying on Premera." Your plan will now be the Premera PPO 3 (regardless of the plan you are on now), as this is the only Premera plan offered this year.
Q. What if I don't turn in a form?
A. You will be automatically enrolled in Group Health Access PPO 4.
Q. I'm on Group Health HMO now and I want to stay on this plan. Do I need to do anything?
A. No. You don't need to do anything at all.
Q. Where can I find out information on all the medical plans offered?
A. Click on this link for medical plan information.
Q. Are there informational meetings where I can talk to someone about the new Group Health Access PPO plans?
A. Yes. Meetings are scheduled at the Resource Center at 4:00 pm on September 11, 16, 18, 23, and 24. There's also a meeting at Juanita High School on September 15 at 4:00 pm.
Q. If I can't make the meetings, is there another way to talk to a representative for Group Health Access PPO?
A. Group Health Access PPO has set up a special phone number for open enrollment questions. You can contact them at 1-855-408-0800, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Q. When will the new medical plans go into effect?
A. November 1. Any deductions for the new premiums will come out of your October 31 paycheck.
Q. Why didn't the district just stay on Premera for all its medical insurance plans instead of switching to Group Health Access PPO?
A. Premera raised its rates almost 25% over the past two years. During that same time period, the state legislature failed to increase our benefit allocation. As a result, last year the district's insurance committee investigated other insurance options, and decided to switch to Group Health Access PPO because of its much lower rates with benefits comparable to Premera.
To find more information regarding the medical plans, change forms, enrollment forms, cost estimators, and submission information - click here.