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Georgia teachers, state employees may not get health rate increases for 2019

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH), State Health Benefit Plan, announced the Resolution for SHBP’s Member Contribution Rates for Plan Year 2019. The Resolution was presented for consideration during Thursday’s monthly Board meeting.

For Plan Year 2019, active members and pre-65 retirees, can choose the same options as in 2018.  These include one regional Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) (Kaiser Permanente), two state-wide HMOs (UnitedHealthcare and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem)), three state-wide Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) (Anthem), and one state-wide High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).  Active member rates for these options will remain the same as approved for Plan Year 2018.  This means for 2019 each Plan option and tier for active members and pre-65 retirees will remain the same as that offered in 2018 and members will see a zero percent increase.

“Our primary focus has always been to provide Georgians with access to affordable and quality health care,” said Frank W. Berry, Commissioner, DCH.  “Being able to provide our SHBP members with the same health care coverage they received in 2018 at the same rate during the calendar year 2019 is a great testament to the dedication of our team.”

SHBP will continue its coverage for eligible retirees and offer the choice of standard and premium Medicare Advantage (MA) options offered by UnitedHealthcare and Anthem.  Also, rates for members that pay the entire cost of coverage, such as COBRA, Board Members of Public School Systems and Contract Employer rates, may see an increase as these rates reflect the total cost of medical coverage for the respective Plan option and tier.

Members can sign up for their respective plans during open enrollment, which begins October 15, 2018, and continues through November 2, 2018.

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