If you have one or more dependents enrolled in the State of Illinois health insurance plan, watch your home postal mail for a very important letter that will require your response!
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has contracted with HMS Employer Solutions (HMS) to conduct an audit to ensure that only eligible dependents are covered on the state health insurance plans.
If you have dependents covered under a state health plan, HMS will be mailing an audit letter to your home mailing address this week. The mailing will include a letter, verification form, FAQs, and contact information for HMS. The audit is time-sensitive, and you must respond by the deadline listed in the letter. Please watch for the envelope from HMS displaying the seal of the State of Illinois, as shown below.
You will be required to send copies (not originals!) of dependent eligibility documentation to HMS. Detailed documentation requirements and instructions for submitting copies of documents to HMS will be outlined in the letter and FAQs. Additionally, if CMS files do not contain your dependents Social Security Numbers (SSNs) or a letter from the Social Security Administration stating your dependent is ineligible for an SSN, you will be required to provide one of the following during the audit:
- A copy of the dependent’s SSN card, or
- The letter from the Social Security Administration stating ineligibility for an SSN.
CMS requires that all questions be directed to HMS as the independent auditor and not to CMS or the University. HMS is experienced with State audits, and will be able to answer your questions and offer assistance with documentation issues that could arise. Please wait for your letter to arrive, then contact HMS directly with any questions you may have.
Please note: If you were newly hired and/or newly benefits-eligible on or after July 1, 2015, then you will not be included in this year's audit.