Office of Group Benefits

2018 Annual Enrollment

Flexible Benefits - 2018 Annual Enrollment

Flexible Benefits Plan

The OGB Flexible Benefits Plan gives active employees a way to take home more money in every paycheck! When you sign up for one or more Flexible Benefits options, your eligible expenses are deducted from your gross salary before taxes. If applicable, this might produce lower Social Security benefits. Because you pay less in taxes, your spendable income increases. During Flexible Benefits Annual Enrollment, active employees can enroll in one or several flexible Benefits Plan options:

Employees can participate in the General-Purpose Health Care FSA option, Limited-Purpose Dental/Vision FSA option, or Dependent Care FSA option even if they are not enrolled in an OGB health plan or the Premium Conversion option. The plan member must enroll with their Human Resources department.

Money deducted from an employee’s pay into a Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) is not subject to payroll taxes, resulting in substantial tax savings. These tax savings are through the available FSAs: General-Purpose Health Care FSA; Limited-Purpose Health Care FSA; and the Dependent Care FSA.

How to Enroll - Employees can enroll online in a FSA during Annual Enrollment on the OGB Annual Enrollment Web Portal at the same time they enroll in their OGB health plan, or through their Human Resources department.

FSA Eligibility and Enrollment Rules – To enroll in the General-Purpose FSA, Limited-Purpose FSA and the Dependent Care FSA, an employee must:

Eligibility Rule – New hires may enroll within their first thirty (30) days of full-time employment. Your participation will be effective the first of the following month after your first full calendar month of employment. For example: if your date of hire is August 20th, your effective date is October 1st.

Pelican Health Savings Account (HSA) 775

The OGB Pelican HSA 775 health plan, administered by BCBS, offers lower premiums in exchange for higher deductibles to active employees who pay their premiums through payroll deduction.

Health Savings Account

One of the benefits of choosing the OGB Pelican HSA 775 health plan is the option to enroll in a health savings account (HSA). The HSA allows you to use pre‐tax dollars to pay eligible medical and pharmacy expenses for you and your family until you meet your deductible for the plan year. It can also help you save for future health care expenses.

Matching dollar-for-dollar - If enrolled in an HSA, the state will contribute $200 per plan year to help jumpstart your savings and will match your tax-free contributions made through payroll deduction dollar-for-dollar, up to an additional $575 per plan year. For the 2017 calendar year, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service limits total tax-free HSA contributions to $3,450 for employee only coverage and $6,900 for family coverage -- plus additional $1,000 if you are age 55 or older. To receive these matching dollars, you must set up an HSA through your agency’s human resources section. The HSA will be set up through The Bancorp Bank, which is affiliated with the Blue Cross administrator.

Unlike a Health Care Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) with a use-or-lose rule, you are not required to spend your entire annual HSA contribution. Instead, your money can remain in our HSA and earn interest -- tax free -- from year-to-year.

Yours to keep – If you change health plans or jobs, or you retire, the HSA is yours to keep. At age 65 on, you can use your HSA dollars for any health care or non-health care expense with no penalty, although any amount used for non-health care expenses will be taxable as income.

Visa debit card – Your BCBS mySmartSaver Visa debit card comes in your Welcome Packet, which is mailed to you and provides an easy, convenient and secure way to pay for health care expenses. Simply swipe the card at the time of service, and you’re done! You also may give your debit card number to medical providers on their paper bill, over the phone, or online to pay for services. In addition, your HSA debit card may be used to withdraw funds from ATMs, if you prefer to pay for qualified medical expenses in cash. To activate your Visa debit card, simply call the toll-free phone number provided on the activation sticker. To change your PIN at any time, call toll-free to The Bancorp Bank Customer Service at 866-546-9510 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Deductibles and Out-of-Pocket Expenses

It’s important to note that the OGB Pelican HSA 775 health plan requires you to pay 100 percent of the plan’s discounted contract price for in-network medical and pharmacy expenses until you meet the plan year deductible. The deductible is $2,000 for an employee, $4,000 for an employee plus one (spouse or dependent) and $4,000 for a family. However, in-network preventive care and certain maintenance drugs are covered at 100 percent, whether you have met your deductible or not.

OGB Pelican HSA 775 deductibles and contribution
Coverage levelEmployee deductibleState contributionMaximum HSA contribution
Single$2,000$200, plus up to $575 more in dollar-for-dollar match of employee contributions$3,450
Employee plus 1$4,000$6,900
Employee plus 2 or more$4,000$6,900
An employee age 55 or older can contribute an additional $1,000 to his or her HSA during the plan year.

For more information, on the OGB Pelican HSA 775, call 1-800-392-4089 or visit the Blue Cross website.