State Health Plan News and Updates

Title Release Date Summary
Joint Replacement Program Waives Deductibles for Many Procedures

The State Health Plan is working with select high-quality orthopedic specialists to offer a new joint replacement program for eligible members in need of knee, hip or shoulder replacement surgery. The program simplifies the entire process – from pre-surgery consults and testing, to post-surgery follow-up and physical therapy, with one simple payment.

State Health Plan Board of Trustees Teleconference Notice

State Health Plan Board of Trustees Meeting/Teleconference
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
11:00 a.m.


Online via GoToWebinar
Click here to register/attend.

If you wish to make a public comment, please email Lorraine Munk with your comment by 5:00pm on Friday, September 18th.

Getting Your Prescriptions During Civil Unrest

A declaration of emergency has been declared in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia. Demonstrations, vandalism, looting, and arson continue to affect some – although not most – local businesses, including pharmacy locations. The State Health Plan would like to make members aware that CVS Pharmacy is taking steps to ensure medication delivery in affected areas.

Medicare Advantage Plans Transition to Humana

Planning is under way for the State Health Plan’s recently announced transition to Humana for the Medicare Advantage plans. This is not effective until January 1, 2021. Medicare Advantage members will continue their current benefits with UnitedHealthcare for the remainder of this year.

State Health Plan Awards Medicare Advantage Plan Contract to Humana

State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, and the State Health Plan have announced that Humana has been awarded the contract for its Medicare Advantage Plan. The contract will provide Medicare Advantage products to the Plan’s Medicare-eligible members with services starting January 1, 2021.

State Health Plan Board Approves Emergency Authority to Respond to COVID-19

State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, announced March 13, 2020, that the State Health Plan Board of Trustees authorized the Treasurer and executive administrator to take actions within their authority to preemptively address and quickly respond to COVID-19 for the benefit of Plan members without consultation with the Board. Click here for more information.

Attention State Health Plan UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage Members

This week, media outlets have reported that various anesthesiologists affiliated with American Anesthesiology of North Carolina, the Mednax-affiliated provider of anesthesia, pain management and critical care in the Triangle, will no longer be in-network under UnitedHealthcare.

This does not impact members on the State Health Plan's UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage Plans.

Looking for Information Regarding the Tobacco Attestation?

During the 2020 Open Enrollment period, which was held this past November, active employees and non-Medicare retirees could reduce their monthly premiums by completing the tobacco attestation through the online enrollment process in eBenefits. Outside of Open Enrollment, there is not an opportunity to complete this activity unless you are a new employee.

Preventive Care Benefits Expanded for 2020!

The State Health Plan has expanded preventive care benefits for 2020. Preventive care is now available in all three plans – the 70/30 Plan (new this year), the 80/20 Plan and the High Deductible Health Plan – with no out-of-pocket costs to you! Click here to learn more.

All 2020 ID Cards Have Been Mailed

All members should have received their 2020 ID cards. Please contact Customer Service for assistance if necessary.