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Using Sick Leave

OGI & PERSI have agreements with some carriers to use PERSI-administered sick leave funds to pay premiums for voluntary retiree insurance options as permitted by statute including and limited to Medical, Dental, Vision, Long Term Care and/or Life Insurance. You must be drawing a retirement benefit from PERSI, the Judges’ Retirement Fund, or an ORP retirement account to utilize your sick leave funds. Some options do have restrictions based on age.

How to Pay for Approved Health Coverage with Sick Leave [PDF]

COBRA premiums are not an approved expense for Sick Leave Funds.

PERSI may have additional programs available for sick leave funds that are not administered by OGI (i.e. NCPERS).


Using Sick Leave Funds for Medicare Options

If you are receiving a PERSI retirement benefit from employment with the State of Idaho AND are age 65 or older, you may be eligible to use PERSI-administered sick leave funds to pay premiums for Medicare Supplement, Advantage and Part D plans.

If you are interested in obtaining information about plans available from these carriers, including premium rates, contact any or all of the carriers directly during their regular office hours listed below. Not all carriers offer all plan types, so you must contact the carrier directly to inquire about available plans.

  • Aetna Health & Life Company
    1-407-450-2056
    Hours: Monday thru Friday 7 am – 4 pm MT
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
    1-888-492-2583
    Hours: Seven Days a Week, 8 am – 8 pm MT
  • PacificSource Community Health Plans
    1-888-863-3637
    Hours: Seven Days a Week, 8 am – 8 pm MT from October 1 – February 14
    Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 am – 8 pm MT from February 15 – September 30
  • Regence Blue Shield of Idaho
    (Includes Regence affiliates in Washington, Oregon and Utah, and Asuris Northwest Health)
    1-888-734-3623
    Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 am – 6 pm MT
  • Select Health
    1-800-538-5038
    Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 am – 8 pm MT, Saturday, 9 am – 2 pm MT
  • United Healthcare/AARP
    1-877-848-1479
    Hours: Seven Days a Week, 8 am – 8 pm MT

When you enroll, you MUST tell your carrier that you want the premium deducted from your sick leave funds so that they can include you on their monthly billings to PERSI.

Attention Providers: If you wish to become a Medicare Supplement Insurance provider for the state of Idaho retirees, please view Procedures to Become an Approved Vendor.

Other Retiree Insurance Options – Using Sick Leave

The list of approved vendors is listed below. You can be under age 65 to take advantage of these options. As additional carriers or coverages are approved they will be listed below.

To utilize this benefit employees must retire directly from employment with the state of Idaho and be drawing a monthly retirement benefit. Except for the OGI Retiree Medical Plan eligibility criteria and the Access Plan maximum age, the other coverages have no age or hire-date restrictions are applicable to this benefit.

When you enroll, you MUST tell your carrier that you want the premium deducted from your sick leave funds so that they can include you on their monthly billings to PERSI.

Attention Providers: If you wish to become an approved insurance provider for this program that provides services to state of Idaho retirees, please review the Voluntary Retiree Insurance Procedures. You may also Contact Us with questions.

 

 

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