Department of Community Health Board Approves 2020 State Health Benefit Plan Options

August 8, 2019
ATLANTA – The Board of Community Health today voted to approve Calendar Year 2020 plan designs for the Georgia Department of Community Health’s (DCH) State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). For Plan Year 2020, active members and pre-65 retirees can choose the same plan options and tier as in 2019 and these members will see a zero percent increase in member contributions. The board’s vote solidifies that the following options will again be available to SHBP members:
 
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (Anthem) – statewide Gold, Silver, and Bronze Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) (exclusively); statewide Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)UnitedHealthcare (UHC) – statewide High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) (exclusively); statewide HMO Kaiser Permanente (KP) – fully-insured HMO for SHBP members who live or work in the 27-county metro Atlanta service area.
 
“Our primary focus has always been to provide Georgians with access to affordable and quality health care,” said DCH Commissioner Frank W. Berry. “Being able to provide our SHBP members with affordable health care coverage options during calendar year 2020 is an important component of our commitment to assist this population with their health care planning for this upcoming year.”
 
Medicare Advantage standard and premium options are also available for retirees through Anthem and UHC; retirees will see an increase in the Anthem standard option and all other options will decrease or stay the same.
 
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.
 
SHBP will retain the current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM), CVS Caremark, and the current Wellness vendor, Sharecare, for the 2020 plan year and will provide benefits to members who choose to enroll in either Anthem or UHC.
 
Members can sign up for their respective plans during Open Enrollment, which begins October 21, 2019, and continues through November 8, 2019, for the January 1, 2020 start date of the new plan year.
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