Updates

Mail Order Rx is NOW Available

CVS Mail Order Pharmacy is NOW Available

CVSCaremark Mail OrderGetting your ongoing prescription medication is even easier with the CVS Caremark(R) Mail Order Pharmacy. Have your maintenance medications (medications you take regularly for a long-term or chronic condition) delivered directly to you, with no additional cost- and you’ll even save money as well as time.

Prescription Bottle You can get a 90-day supply of your medication

Syringe Icon Temperature-sensitve items are shipped wtih ice packs in coolers and/or express delivery

Blue Cross of IdahoGet started by logging into your Blue Cross of Idaho member portal – select Prescription Drugs – Benefits and Coverage – Access Your Pharmacy Benefits Now. You will be redirected to the CVS Caremark site where you can select Prescriptions and Start Mail Service.

CVS Mail Order Flier [PDF]

Upcoming Open Enrollment, April 30 – May 18

The Office of Group Insurance’s Open Enrollment takes place at roughly the same time each year. This year’s Open Enrollment period runs April 30 – May 18.

alamr clock icon Open Enrollment is the only time each year that you can:

  • Change medical plan types, such as switching from Traditional to PPO.
  • Elect previously declined dependent dental coverage, dependent must also be enrolled in medical.
  • Switch your premium deductions from post-tax to pre-tax or vice versa.
  • Enroll for Healthcare flexible spending account.
  • Enroll for Dependent Care flexible spending account without a qualifying event.

Annual enrollment in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is required by the IRS. Employees who want to participate for FY2019 must enroll/re-enroll in the FSA during Open Enrollment. No exceptions can be made if you miss the May 18 enrollment deadline.

If you are NOT making of the changes listed above or enrolling in flexible spending, there is no action you need to take during open enrollment. Remember, you can add or delete dependents from medical coverage at any point during the year; this action is not limited to open enrollment.

Ever wonder how flexible spending accounts work? We’ve posted a great video tutorial at ogi.idaho.gov and our Flexible Spending Account webpage.

ThumbsUp Icon FY 2019 Premium Rates and Summaries of Benefits & Coverage for all plan types are posted to our website along with many other resources to guide you through the benefits available to you by your employer and administered by the Office of Group Insurance.

Notepad Icon Also available, the FY2019 Benefits at a Glance [PDF].

 

Join the Olympic Challenge Now

Are you ready for a challenge? Participate in Blue Cross of Idaho’s Olympic Challenge and challenge yourself to be more active this month. You will have a chance to win prizes too!

 

The 3-week activity challenge starts on Monday, February 5. The purpose of this challenge is to increase your weekly activity through all types of exercise. And your activity earns you entries to win a $50 VISA gift card.

To learn more and to sign up for the Olympic Challenge, log-in at members.bcidaho.com and select the WellConnected logo.

Sign up starts January 29! Challenge dates: February 5 – February 26

Wellconnected logoWant to learn more about WellConnected, visit the Get Healthy page of the OGI website and watch the short video tutorial about navigating WellConnected.

 

If this is your first time signing onto members.bcidaho.com, please allow 24 hours after registering to access the WellConnected wellness tools. Must be an enrolled member of State of Idaho’s medical plan to participate in this challenge on the Blue Cross member portal and be eligible for prizes issued by Blue Cross.

Know Before You Go – CostAdvisor Tool

When it comes to healthcare, it’s hard to know if you are paying a fair price.

That’s why Blue Cross of Idaho gives you access to CostAdvisor – a tool that lets you see and compare physician, hospital and other healthcare costs in your area and based on your specific plan and network before you make appointments.

CostAdvisor uses historic claims data to provide you an estimate of what your insurance covers and what you may pay out-of-pocket. The more specific you are in your search, the more helpful the results will be. If you search “laminectomy” instead of “back surgery,” you’ll see better search results.

If you find a facility that fits your budget but a doctor is not listed, your primary care physician can help you find a provider who performs the procedure at that facility.

Now you can know before you go!

 

ALREADY REGISTERED

Visit bcidaho.com/knowbeforeyougo and log into your member account.
Select Estimate Your Costs Now. A new tab will open in your web browser and you’ll see a snapshot of savings opportunities, or you can begin estimating costs for procedures and services that are important to you.

NEED TO REGISTER

Registering is easy if you don’t have an account. All you need is your Blue Cross of Idaho member ID card.
Visit members.bcidaho.com and select Register from the top navigation bar.
Once you complete the registration process, you will be redirected to the Blue Cross of Idaho members homepage. Simply choose CostAdvisor from the right hand menu to start estimating costs!

Start Saving Now!

An Ounce of Prevention this Year

Remember the old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? This particularly rings true when it comes to preventive health care. Maintaining or improving your health is important – and a focus on regular preventive care, along with following the advice of your doctor, can help you stay healthy.

Did you know that there is no cost to enrolled members for listed preventive, screening and immunization services if you use an In-Network provider?

Heartbeat icon Annual adult preventive visits include physical exams and screenings such as blood glucose and cholesterol. Preventive services for children include routine and scheduled well-baby and well-child examinations.

Details about those preventive services that are covered by your medical plan at 100% and other services subject to co-pays and cost-sharing are available on the ‘Medical’ tab of the Office of Group Insurance website. Select and view the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) or plan contract for the plan type in which you are enrolled. You can also call customer service at the number on the back of your ID card for assistance.

Take advantage of this great benefit and schedule a preventive health care visit with your doctor today!

Adding/Removing Dependents The greatest wealth is health. ~ Virgil

Medical icon Do you need help finding a doctor? Log in to the Blue Cross of Idaho member portal to utilize the Find a Provider tool to locate an In-Network provider near you.

The Office of Group Insurance is committed to providing employees with details about the benefits available through the group insurance program. Visit the OGI website, https://ogi.idaho.gov, for resources and links to helpful benefit information.

What to Know, Open Enrollment is May 1 – May 19

The Office of Group Insurance’s Open Enrollment takes place at roughly the same time each year. This year’s Open Enrollment period runs May 1 – May 19.

alamr clock icon Open Enrollment is the only time each that you can:

  • Change medical plan types, such as switching from Traditional to PPO.
  • Elect previously declined dependent dental coverage, dependent must also be enrolled in medical.
  • Switch your premium deductions from post-tax to pre-tax or vice versa.
  • Enroll for Healthcare flexible spending account.
  • Enroll for Dependent Care flexible spending account without a qualifying event.

Annual enrollment in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is required by the IRS. No exceptions can be made if you miss the May 19 enrollment deadline.

If you are NOT making of the changes listed above or enrolling in flexible spending, there is no action you need to take during open enrollment. Remember, you can add or delete dependents from medical coverage at any point during the year; this action is not limited to open enrollment.

Ever wonder how flexible spending accounts work? We’ve posted a great new video tutorial at ogi.idaho.gov and our Flexible Spending Account webpage.

ThumbsUp Icon FY 2018 Premium Rates and Summaries of Benefits & Coverage (SBC) for all plan types have been posted to our website along with many other resources to guide you through the benefits available to you by your employer and administered by the Office of Group Insurance.

Join the March Madness Activity Challenge

Are you ready for a challenge? Participate in Blue Cross of Idaho’s March Madness and challenge yourself to be more active this month. You will have a chance to win great prizes too!

The 4-week online activity challenge starts on Tuesday, March 7.  The purpose of this challenge is to increase your daily activity through all types of exercise. There are also weekly tasks to complete (videos to watch, articles to read) in order to win.

Winners will be selected by a random drawing at the end of the challenge:

  • Sweet Sixteen Winner-  log 600-899 minutes of activity:  $25 Visa gift card
  • Elite Eight Winner-  log 900-1,199 minutes of activity:  $50 Visa gift card
  • Final Four Winner-  log 1,200 – 1,499 minutes of activity:  $75 Visa gift card
  • National Champions-  log 1,500 or more minutes of activity:  $100 Visa gift card

Sign up starts March 1!   Challenge dates: March 7, 2017 – April 4, 2017

Want to learn more about WellConnected, visit the Get Healthy page of the OGI website and watch the short video tutorial about navigating WellConnected.

Wellconnected logo

To learn more and to sign up for the March Madness challenge, log-in at members.bcidaho.com and select the WellConnected logo. If this is your first time signing onto bcidaho.com, please allow 24 hours after registering to access the WellConnected wellness tools.

Member Identity Protection Services

In today’s high-tech world, it’s critical to keep a vigilant watch on your personal and financial data. Blue Cross of Idaho, through its BlueCross BlueShield Association, is helping to assist members with that effort.

Blue Cross of Idaho has partnered with AllClear ID to offer enrolled members and their families identity protection services at NO COST to the member or the plan.

Members can log into the Blue Cross of Idaho member portal and click on the AllClear ID logo.AllClearID

card iconIt’s important to protect what’s most valuable to you, especially your health, family and home. This is an added layer of protection for your medical history, bank account and credit cards.

*Please carefully read all communications from AllClear ID.

 

Computer Icon Haven’t set up your Blue Cross of Idaho member portal account? Have your Member ID handy and visit members.bcidaho.com. In addition to finding the link to enroll in the AllClear ID protection services, the member portal also allows you to view plan information, explanation of benefits (EOB) documents, search for network providers and so much more.

Questions? Contact the Office of Group Insurance in person, by telephone or email.

OGI has a new office!

To provide better service to state employees, retirees and agencies, the Office of Group Insurance (OGI) has moved its offices to the Len B. Jordan Building at 650 W. State Street, Suite 145 in downtown Boise, ID. The office is located one block north of the Capitol Building.

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Visitor parking is available for up to three (3) hours at the University of Idaho Law Library building (Old Ada County Courthouse) at the corner of 5th Street and State Street. Please look for designated visitor parking areas.

Keep an eye on the OGI website, ogi.idaho.gov, for the latest information about benefits, plan details and available services.

Snowflake Icon For questions, you are welcome to contact the Office of Group Insurance by phone, email or in-person. Snowflake Icon

Do You Know Your EAP?

We all handle stress, anxiety, grief, surprises, home conflicts in different ways and an Employee Assistance Program or EAP can provide valuable tools to help any individual navigate those situations in a healthy and productive way.ComPysch logo

An EAP benefit is included in each of the State’s medical plans and designed to nurture a culture that supports an individual’s ability to care of themselves while balancing work, kids, parents, finances, etc. Benefit eligible employees and their dependents may each receive 1 to 5 visits per person per plan year with no copayment required.

here is how you can get started:

Computer Icon Watch the brief video tutorial on the Counseling page of the OGI website to learn more about how an EAP works.

Red Arrow Bookmark ComPsych’s GuidanceResources® in your favorite browser and create a login that is unique to you.

nurse icon Use the “Ask a Guidance Consultant” feature on the GuidanceResources® homepage to receive answers to non-emergency emotional health questions.

Phone Icon Call 877.427.2327 to speak with a counseling professional who can guide you to the appropriate services.

calculator icon View Discounts and Offers including EstateGuidance® – a self-guided online will and testament creation tool.

 

Keep an eye out for the new posters in your office and pick up an informational wallet card from your human resource office or request a card from the Office of Group Insurance.

By caring for ourselves, we can be at our best while we are at work and in other areas of our lives.

Blue Cross of Idaho contracts with ComPysch’s GuidanceResources® Worldwide to provide the EAP benefit.