TRIP benefit enrollment update

New information is available about choosing your TRIP carrier or plan. If you don’t want to change your TRIP carrier or plan, you don’t have to do anything. If you do, however, please see the information below or check out the state’s Central Management Services website.

The Benefit Choice Period will be May 1 through June 15, 2012, for all benefit recipients. In an effort to ensure that health carriers are in place for the start of the next fiscal year (July 1, 2012), a decision has been made to enter into emergency contracts with Health Alliance HMO, Health Alliance Illinois and Coventry Health Care HMO. These contracts will be for 90 days with an option to extend for an additional period as needed.

During the annual Benefit Choice Period, benefit recipients are allowed to make changes to their group insurance coverage, such as add a dependent or change their health plan. The Benefit Choice form must be submitted to TRS by June 15, 2012. Any elected changes in coverage will be effective July 1, 2012.

Note: The state is in the process of accepting proposals from managed care health plans to provide coverage for FY 2013 and beyond. The decisions regarding these proposals may result in changes to health carriers during FY 2013. If any changes to the health carrier options available occur, a Special Enrollment Period will be held to allow members the opportunity to modify their coverage elections, if desired.