blog posts Benefit Choice: Flex Spending Re-enrollment is not automatic! May 20, 2021 8:00 am67 views Re-enrollment in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is not automatic! To continue participation, you must re-enroll! For more information, see the FSA Program. Benefit Choice: Make Your Choices by June 1 May 14, 2021 8:00 am171 views We’re half way through Benefit Choice at https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov! Remember, you have until June 1 to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year. Elections will be effective July 1, 2021. For help registering and logging in to MyBenefits, see the MyBenefits FAQs. Benefit Choice: Save on Taxes with a Flexible Spending Account! Apr 22, 2021 12:00 pm124 views Have you considered participating in the State of Illinois Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Plan? If you spend $265 or more per year on recurring eligible medical or dependent care expenses, then you may save money by paying for them with an FSA. You can reduce your taxable income when you contribute to this plan. Benefit Choice: Submit Your Documentation May 14, 2021 8:00 am187 views If you made a Benefit Choice change that requires supporting documentation, please remember to provide your documents by the deadline! Benefit Choice Virtual Benefit Fairs Apr 27, 2021 8:00 am174 views Do you have questions about changes and plan options available for the FY2022 Benefit Choice period? The State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Benefit Choice Open Enrollment Fairs will be held online throughout the month of May. CDHP and Health Savings Account Benefit May 12, 2021 12:15 pm94 views Are you considering the Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) during Benefit Choice this year? The CDHP is a high-deductible health plan as defined by the IRS. CDHP participants may choose any physician or hospital for medical services; however, you receive enhanced benefits, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs, when receiving services from a CDHP in-network provider. CDHP has a nationwide network of providers through Aetna PPO. ConnectYourCare is transitioning to Optum Financial Jun 18, 2021 12:15 pm884 views ConnectYourCare (CYC), the current vendor for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), is transitioning to Optum Financial over the coming months. During this time, you may see both the CYC and Optum Financial names on program materials. Deadline Approaching: Benefit Choice Ends June 1! May 20, 2021 8:00 am112 views The last day to make Benefit Choice changes will be here soon! Remember, you only have until June 1 to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year on https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov, including health, dental, life insurance, flexible spending account (MCAP/DCAP) enrollment, and health savings account (HSA) enrollment. Elections will be effective July 1, 2021. For help registering and logging in to MyBenefits, see the MyBenefits FAQs. Deadline September 30: Submit FSA Claims for FY2021 Sep 15, 2021 7:30 am141 views Only a few weeks remain to submit your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) claims for the FY2021 plan year! Any remaining claims for services from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, must be submitted by September 30 for reimbursement. Expanded Funeral/Bereavement Leave and Parental Leave May 3, 2021 8:00 am241 views The University of Illinois System is pleased to announce the expansion of funeral/bereavement leave and parental leave for leave benefit-eligible employees. These leave enhancements are effective 8/16/21. Flexible Spending Re-Enrollment and Reminders May 26, 2021 8:00 am160 views The end of Benefit Choice is June 1. If you haven’t re-enrolled in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program for the plan year beginning on July 1, 2021, you have until June 1 to do so at https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov. No action is required if you are not re-enrolling in an FSA or making any other Benefit Choice changes! FY 2022 Benefit Choice Announcement Apr 26, 2021 8:00 am501 views The State Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Benefit Choice enrollment period will begin May 1 and end June 1, 2021. HealthLink Participants: Watch for Your Updated ID Card Jul 9, 2021 11:45 am213 views New for FY 2022, your HealthLink ID card will only have your (the primary member’s) name listed. You will not receive separate cards with covered dependents’ names as you have in previous years. Additionally, your middle initial(s) will not be on the ID card. Health Plan Reminder: Out-of-Network Providers Mar 31, 2021 8:00 am228 views You are encouraged to use in-network providers to receive the best value from your health plan. No matter which plan you are enrolled in, receiving health care from an out-of-network provider will significantly increase your out-of-pocket medical costs. Health Plan Reminder: Out-of-Network Providers Sep 23, 2021 8:00 am83 views You are encouraged to use in-network providers to receive the best value from your health plan. No matter which plan you are enrolled in, receiving health care from an out-of-network provider will significantly increase your out-of-pocket medical costs. HSHS Medical Group Provider Coverage for FY22 May 27, 2021 4:30 pm173 views HSHS Medical Group will continue to serve Aetna HMO, Aetna OAP, Quality Care Health Plan (QCHP) and Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) for FY22. Last Chance: Benefit Choice Ends Tuesday, June 1! May 26, 2021 8:00 am222 views Benefit Choice ends Tuesday, June 1! This is your final reminder to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year on https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov. Elections will be effective July 1, 2021 MetLife Advantages Program Oct 14, 2021 3:00 pm152 views Did you know that in addition to basic term life coverage, SEGIP benefits-eligible employees have access to additional services through the State Life Insurance vendor, MetLife? MyBenefits: Review/Add Your Email Address Sep 30, 2021 7:30 am197 views Receive State-benefits notices from MyBenefits faster by providing your email address! MyBenefits Unavailable September 8 - 12 Sep 2, 2021 7:30 am450 views The MyBenefits Service Center and MyBenefits.illinois.gov will be unavailable from 6 p.m. September 8th – September 12th for a system upgrade. New State Life Insurance Carrier - MetLife Jun 29, 2021 3:00 pm668 views MetLife is the new Life Insurance Carrier for the State of Illinois Employees’ Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) with coverage transitioning July 1, 2021. Please watch your mail regarding the plan summary and rate information. Reminder: State Benefit Updates Effective July 1 Aug 16, 2021 7:30 am350 views We’d like to provide a general reminder about some State benefits changes that took effect July 1, 2021. Reminder: Verify Your Benefit Choice Elections Sep 30, 2021 11:00 am225 views The new plan year for State benefits (health/vision, dental, and life insurance, and flexible spending accounts) started on July 1, and any changes you made during Benefit Choice are now in effect. If you have not already done so, now is a great time to verify your benefit elections and payroll deductions. Returning from Leave - State Benefits Coverage Aug 12, 2021 7:30 am115 views During an unpaid leave, Central Management Services (CMS) mails bills directly to State benefit participants, and bills are to be paid in full to CMS. Failing to pay premium bills can result in your coverage being terminated. Review/Update Your Mailing Address Sep 17, 2021 1:00 pm271 views Have you reviewed your mailing address recently? Review Your Beneficiaries: State Life Insurance Feb 3, 2021 8:00 am237 views Have you designated or reviewed your beneficiaries for your State of Illinois Life Insurance coverage? We recommend that you periodically review your beneficiary designations for your Securian Financial (Minnesota Life) coverage and make a designation if you haven't already! Springfield Clinic Provider Coverage for FY22 Apr 22, 2021 8:00 am775 views Effective July 1, 2021, Springfield Clinic will no longer have providers available under the HMO Illinois (Physicians Health Association of Illinois (PHAI) Medical Group) or Blue Advantage HMO plans for State of Illinois. State Life Insurance Beneficiary Designation Jul 14, 2021 8:00 am307 views We recently communicated that MetLife is the new Life Insurance Carrier for the State of Illinois Employees’ Group Insurance Program (SEGIP). See below for some important updates regarding this transition. Verify Your State Benefit Elections Jun 30, 2021 11:00 am366 views The new plan year for State benefits (health/vision, dental, and life insurance, and flexible spending accounts) starts on July 1, 2021. If you made any changes during Benefit Choice, you should have received a mailing from CMS at your home address confirming your Benefit Choice elections. Any changes you made will be in effect tomorrow. Your Flexible Spending Account: Login with HealthSafe ID Aug 6, 2021 7:30 am307 views Last month, we communicated that the FSA vendor, ConnectYourCare (CYC), is transitioning to Optum Financial. As part of this change, participants will now log into their accounts using HealthSafe ID. HealthSafe ID provides the enhanced security of two-factor authentication to keep your information secure. Your Flexible Spending Account: Verify Deductions and Reminder Jul 13, 2021 8:00 am168 views At the beginning of a new benefit year, it’s a good idea to review your payroll deductions to ensure the appropriate amounts are being withheld. You should view the benefit deductions on your Earnings Statement to ensure your FSA deductions and other benefit deductions are correct.