Open Enrollment 2018Select AlaskaCare Benefits FAQs

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  1. Are there any changes to the AlaskaCare Benefits this year?
  2. Are there any changes to the Dental Benefits this year?
  3. What are the premiums for the new coverages?
  4. What is "balance billing" when dealing with out-of-network providers?
  5. Are there changes to the Health Flexible Spending Accounts this year?
  6. What are the changes for same sex partners this year?
  7. Why do I need to provide my dependent's Social Security number?

Are there any changes to the health plan effective January 1, 2018?

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Are there changes to the Dental Plan effective January 1, 2017?

There are several minor changes to the dental plans. The Preventive dental plan has been renamed to the Economy dental plan, the $25 dental deductible in the Economy dental plan has been reinstated, and the recognized charge has been amended in areas where there are no contracted dental professionals within 30 miles for standard dental services, or 50 miles for specialty dental services.

Please see the Dental Benefits section in our Select Benefits Guide.

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What are the premiums for the new coverages?

The new AlaskaCare premiuns effective Jan. 1, 2017 are as follows:

AlaskaCare 2017 Active Employee Premiums
Medical Monthly Premiums SU, CEA, Exempt Members IBU, MEBA, AVTECHTA, COs, TEAME Members
Standard -
Employee & Family
$315.00 $315.00
Economy -
Employee & Family
$75.00 $0.00
Standard -
Employee Only
$115.00 $115.00
Economy -
Employee Only
$30.00 $0.00
Dental Monthly Premiums All AlaskaCare Members
Standard -
Employee & Family
$93.00
Economy -
Employee & Family
$0.00
Standard -
Employee Only
$34.00
Economy -
Employee Only
$0.00
Vision Monthly Premiums All AlaskaCare Members
No Coverage $0.00
Managed Care -
Employee & Family
$33.00
Managed Care -
Employee Only
$12.00
Effective: Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017

As of January 1, 2017 Premium medical plans are no longer being offered. Current Premium medical plans will expire Dec 31, 2016.

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What is "balance billing" when dealing with out-of-network providers?

Out-of-network providers can charge any amount they choose, so if the facility does not accept the allowed amount from your current plan, they can bill you for the rest. This is called balance billing.

Read more about facility changes in Anchorage and outside Alaska

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Are there changes to the Health Flexible Spending Accounts effective January 1, 2017? (HFSA)

Health Flexible Spending accounts will now allow for a maximum $500 carry-over of unused funds. This amount will be in addition to any amount you select as deductions in your pay. Dependent Care Assistance Plans do not have the same carry-over provision. Please be sure to take this into consideration when making your 2016 elections.

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What are the changes for same sex partners effective January 1, 2017?

The regulation that allowed for qualified same-sex partners to be considered an eligible dependent under the health plan has been repealed effective January 1, 2017. If you currently provide coverage for your same-sex partner and their dependent children, that coverage will end December 31, 2016. If you have recently married and have not updated this information previously, please be sure to update the information under the Health Dependents selection during Open Enrollment.

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Why do I need to provide my dependent's Social Security number?

Under the individual shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals must indicate their enrolled dependents, as well as themselves, have had a full year of qualifying health care coverage (called minimum essential coverage), qualify for an exemption, or pay a penalty when filing their income taxes. By providing your dependent social security numbers, we can report proof of minimum essential health care coverage to help you avoid a tax penalty or the hassle of having to prove to the IRS that your dependents had coverage. Please take a moment to review the dependents listed in the Online Enrollment system, and update the information as appropriate.

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