November 5, 2012
Open Enrollment for both our active and retired members will run from Wednesday November 7, 2012 to Wednesday November 21, 2012, at 11:59 PM.
Attached are several documents from Verizon regarding the Annual Enrollment:
Summary of Benefits and Coverage
Health Plan Evaluator - HPE
Important Information You Should Know
There are changes to all Medical plan options and prescription drug coverage and you should review all the material before making decisions.
YOU must go online and certify that neither you nor your covered dependents use tobacco.
If you do NOT certify, you will be defaulted into the Tobacco user category and you will pay $600 more for medical coverage.
Tobacco users can complete a Tobacco Cessation Program which will qualify them for the $600 reduction.
You must complete the Health Assessment before December 31, 2012, through Benefit Connection to qualify for the $100 deduction for medical coverage. The Health Assessment is a simple, confidential questionnaire which takes about 10 minutes to complete. Starting November 7, 2012, you can take the Health Assessment, accessible through Benefits Connections. ( www.verizon.com/benefitsconnection )
If you are happy with your current health plan and want to continue it, there is nothing you need to do but you still must complete the Health Assessment questionnaire and certify that neither you nor your covered dependents use tobacco to qualify for the deductions.
Any Time Enrollment is no longer available – Changes can ONLY be made during Open Enrollment with the exemption of a Qualified Status Change. Examples of a Qualified Status Change are adding a spouse if you get married, added a child when there is a birth of new baby.
EPO is no longer open to new enrollments. If someone who now has the EPO choses another plan then they will no longer be able to re-enroll in the EPO in the future.
For retirements January 1, 2013 and later, if you are enrolled in an HMO/EPO at retirement, you may continue in it as long as it is offered and/or until Medicare –eligible.
If you are not enrolled in an HMO/EPO at retirement, you cannot enroll in an HMO/EPO as a retiree.
New Benefit Center
Starting with Annual Enrollment, Verizon will transition to Zerox HR Solutions. Hewitt will no longer handle Verizon Benefits after December 31, 2012. The NEW Verizon Benefit Center can be reached at 1-855-4VzBens (1-855-489-2367).
Access 2013 Annual Enrollment information online at Benefits Connections: www.verizon.com/benefitsconnection
You should continue to call the current Benefits Center (1-877-4VZBens) 1-877-489-2367 until December 31, 2012 for 2012 benefits.
Important Reminder to those who do not have Internet Access or prefer to Call the Benefit Center
If you need any printed materials mailed to your home, call the Verizon Benefits Center at 1-855-4VzBens (1-855-489-2367) as soon as possible.
You MUST complete the Health Assessment questionnaire and you must go online and certify that neither you nor your covered dependents use tobacco in order to qualify for the premium reductions.