News (Updated March 22, 2017):
Aetna Prescription Drug Changes
Please see the following notice from Aetna regarding changes to their prescription drug program:
2017, we’ll begin to make quarterly changes to our pharmacy plan and
specialty drug lists. Our drug list updates will now occur January 1, April 1,
July 1 and October 1. The new April and October updates will be limited to a
targeted, smaller set of changes and are intended to allow us to quickly
address rapid shifts in the market that could affect our customers.
letting members and providers know
we have in the past, we will notify impacted members about upcoming drug list
changes by e-mail or letter, providers via our Officelink newsletter,
and updating our web pages. Our goal is to connect them to cost-effective care.
To do this, we encourage members to choose preferred drugs. They’ll typically
pay lower out-of-pocket costs when they do.
here to help
will continue to keep you informed of the drug list changes as we move to
quarterly updates. To learn more about our Aetna Pharmacy Plan Drug Lists at
any time, visit www.aetna.com/formulary.
You can also find:
most up-to-date Pharmacy Plan Drug Lists
quantity limits and step-therapy lists
on coverage on other Drug Lists, including Formulary Exclusion Lists
Network Changes to Premera EasyChoice B and Basic Plans
Premera EasyChoice B and Basic Plan enrollees will be receiving new ID cards for use from April 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017. These new ID cards identify enrollees as participating in the Heritage Plus 1 network, which includes access to Providence/Swedish and CHI Franciscan Health Systems.
Please see the following attachment for more information regarding this change: FAQ
Group Health has officially been acquired by Kaiser Permanente. How does this affect you?
If you are not currently enrolled in Group Health, this change does not affect you.
If you currently have Group Health your benefits will remain the same. You will however, notice the name change on the Group Health buildings as well as on your paycheck statements. You should receive a new ID card with the updated name as well.
The WEA Select Benefits announced they will stop offering Premera Blue Cross beginning November 1, 2017. How does this affect you?
Premera will no longer be available for employees to enroll in effective November 1, 2017. Employees will have the option to enroll in one of the new plan available through the WEA. These plans will be administered by Aetna and United Healthcare.
It is anticipated the plans structures will not be the same as Premera Blue Cross's current plans. More information will be released in June 2017.
Please see the following attachment for the announcement from WEA regarding the change:
2016-17 Benefit Information
November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017 Benefits at a Glance:
For questions about plan coverage, billing, and customer service call:
- Phone: (800) 872-3862
WEA Select Benefits Center
Any changes to any WEA plan (Premera Blue Cross, Washington Dental Services, Willamette Dental or Vision Services Plan) including adding or removing dependents and adding, waiving or changing a Premera Blue Cross medical plan must be done through the online benefit portal or by calling the number below:
Aetna Plan Summaries
Retirement Benefit Information
For questions or information about your Washington State Retirement plan contact:
To log on and view your TRS or SERS Plan 3 Defined Contributions Account contact:
ICMA - Phone: (877) 488-4040
For information about health benefits for retiring employees contact:
Flexible Spending Accounts
A flexible Spending Account permits you to set aside part of your paycheck using pre-tax dollars to pay health care or dependent care costs (daycare). You can enroll in a Flexible Spending Account during the annual open enrollment period. Visit the Navia Benefit Solutions website for more information.
Company Code: TWS
AFLAC offers a variety of insurances to help you offset your out of pocket expenses related to your health care. You can enroll in any of the AFLAC products during the annual open enrollment period. Please see the product summary for more information.
American Fidelity offers a variety of insurances to help you offset your out of pocket expenses related to your health care. They also offer life insurance. You can enroll in any of the American Fidelity products during the annual open enrollment period. Please see the product summary for more information.
Ameritas offers voluntary, vision reimbursement insurance for TAP and PSE. TAP and PSE members can enroll in the Ameritas vision plan during the annual open enrollment period. Please see the Ameritas Benefit Summary for more information.
Deferred Compensation Program - Tax Deferred Retirement Account
Deferred Compensation permits you to set aside part of your paycheck PRE-TAX for a retirement savings account with the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems. Visit the Deferred Compensation website for enrollment information or to access your Deferred Compenstion account. Enrollment in Deferred Compensation is open year-round.
403(b) Tax Deferred Retirement Accounts
A 403(b) account permits you to set aside part of your paycheck PRE-TAX for a retirement savings account with approved investment companies. These accounts are comparable to 401(k) accounts offered by private businesses. The district has retained The OMNI Group for administration of these accounts. Click here for more information about setting up a 403(b) account with The OMNI Group. Visit the The Omni Group website to enroll or to access your account. Enrollment in 403(b) accounts is open year-round.