CHANGES TO THE QUALITY CARE HEALTH PLAN, January 2011
SUAA's preliminary opinion in regard to the changes to the Quality Care Health Plan, which are effective March 1, 2011, is that these changes result from deals the Governor made with the unions while he was running for office last November. One theory is that the state is trying to pay bills with insufficient funds.
NIU's Human Resource Services report that they were told, per CMS, that this change does not constitute a "qualifying event" for changing health plans. Thus, those of us who wish to make plan changes will have to await the May Benefits Choice period.