US Insurance Plan Updates

Update 737 – November 14, 2016

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Prioirty Health 

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


November 30 is the Deadline!  -  An easy and fast way to earn $50 for participating. 

Why Wellness? - Lifestyle choices causes over 50% of healthcare expenses. 

Health by Choice Rewards Plan - More Prize Awards in 2016! Win up to $500.

How to Log-in - Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you. 

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

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Update 736 – October 6, 2016

To: Retirees, Participating Boards and Covered Employees 

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


Notice of Creditable Coverage - ACA required notice

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

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Update 735 – October 6, 2016

To: Member Schools and Covered Employees 

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Prize Drawing Winners! — Congratulations!

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses.

Details on Health By Choice Rewards – Earn $50 for 10 minutes of your time!

How to Log-in and Complete the Health Assessment — Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you.

Contacting Us for Support -   If you have questons or need assistance. 

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Update 734 - June 30, 2016

To: Retirees Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Good benefits at a reasonable cost
Attend an Informational Meeting — Join us on Tuesday, July 26
Premium Rates for September 1, 2016 — Rate sheet enclosed
Plans Available to Retirees Age of 65 and Over — Two plans are available plus Vision
September 1, 2016, Open Enrollment — Deadline to change coverage is September 1
Annual Notice – Annual Notice for retiree coverage enclosed
Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

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Update 733 - May 16, 2016

To: Participating Boards and Eligible Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Annual Enrollment Is Online — From June 1 through July 14, 2016
How to Access the Online System — Easy, even if you have forgotten your
username and password
Your Benefit Elections — Review /modify your insurance coverage
Adding or Removing Dependents — Complete the change form and forward to us
Starmark Participants – Open enrollment begins 30 days prior to your new plan year
Blue Cross Blue Shield Participants – Open enrollment information will be provided closer
to new plan year
Retiree Coverage Eligibility– Eligibility for retiree health plan through CSI.
Description of Benefits – A Description of benefits can be found on our website
Summary of Benefits and Coverage – A Summary of Benefits can be found on our website
Annual Notice – The Annual Notice can be found on our website.
Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

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Update 732 - April 14, 2016

To: Participating Boards, Administrators and Employees covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Small Group Summit April 26, 2016
Age-based Rates — Rates for most plans based on ages of those covered
September 1 Rates — Premium rates for the 2016/2017 plan year
Open Enrollment 2016-17 — On-line Enrollment in the Insurance Plan is June 1 to July 14
Wellness Discounts and Programs — Take advantage of these discounts
Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

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Update 731 - February 5, 2016

To:   Boards, Administrators, and Participants of Schools Covered by the Limited Benefit Plan
From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


From Howard’s Desk
—Working hard to provide value-added and cost-saving options for you.
September 1, 2016, Rates—Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting.
New Plan Option for Schools Not Currently Offering Dental—Preventative dental plan.
Basic Life Spousal Benefit Increase—Spousal basic life benefit increasing to $10,000.
Contact Us for Support—If you have questions or need assistance.

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Update 730 - February 9, 2016

 To:   Boards, Administrators, and Participants of Schools (less than 50 eligible) Covered by PH
From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 

 From Howard’s Desk—Working hard to provide value-added and cost-saving options for you.

September 1, 2016, Rates—Premium rates will be issued in April to help with budgeting.
Plans to Be Offered in the 2016/2017 Plan Year—New plan and plan changes.
New Plan Option for Schools Not Currently Offering Dental—Preventative dental plan.
Basic Life Spousal Benefit Increase—Spousal basic life benefit increasing to $10,000.
Eligibility—Update on eligibility levels for health and limited benefit plan.
Terminations/No Rescissions—Handle termination of coverage with care.
HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution — Use care if considering self-funding the deductible.
Open Enrollment—Annual webinar for administrators/benefit managers; details to follow in April.
Wellness Discounts and Programs—Take advantage of Priority Health’s wellness discounts.
Contact Us for Support—If you have questions or need assistance. 

 Read the Full Issue


 

 

Update 729 - February 9, 2016

To: Boards, Administrators, and Participants of Large Schools Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk—Working hard to provide value-added and cost-saving options for you. 
September 1, 2016, Rates—Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting.
Health Plans to Be Offered in the 2016/2017 Plan Year—New plans and Plan changes.
New Plan Option for Schools Not Currently Offering Dental—Preventative dental plan.
Basic Life Spousal Benefit Increase—Spousal basic life benefit increasing to $10,000.
Eligibility- New option on eligibility levels for health and limited benefit plan.
Terminations/No Rescissions—Handle termination of coverage with care.
HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution — Use care if considering self-funding the deductible.
Open Enrollment — Annual webinar for administrators/benefit managers; details to follow in April.
Wellness Discounts and Programs—Take advantage of Priority Health’s wellness discounts.
Contact Us for Support—If you have questions or need assistance.

 

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Update 728 - January 25, 2016

To:       Participating Schools and Participants
From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Distribution of the Summary Annual Report — Review of the Plan's financial status
Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance.

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Update  727 - December 29, 2015

To:      Boards and Administrators of all US Member Organizations 
From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 

Survey Results — Trends in premium payment policies, eligibility requirements, and flexible spending accounts (Section 125 plans).
For More Information — About our Benefit Plans.
Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

Read the Full Issue

 

Update  726 - January 8, 2016

To:      Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health, Starmark, or BCBS and Their Employees
From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 

Why Wellness?  - Potentially save over $1,400 in claims costs per year. 
CSI Wellness Challenge - SIx week Individual/Team Challenge toward better health and prizes!  
Timeline and Instructions for Participation - Register your Team January 25-29, 2015.
Incentives - Win gift cards!
How to Log-in - Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you.  
Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

Read the Full Issue


Update  725 - November 12, 2015

To:      Member Schools and Participants Covered by Starmark/BCBS

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 

November 30 is the Deadline!  - An easy and fast way to earn $50 

Qualify for Prize Drawings - Win up to $500 for participating

Why Wellness?  - Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses. 

How to Log-in - Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you.  

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

Update  724 - November 10, 2015

To:      Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 

November 30 is the Deadline!  - An easy and fast way to earn $50 for participating.

Why Wellness?  - Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses. 

Health by Choice Rewards Plan - More Prize Awards in 2016! Win up to $500. 

How to Log-in - Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you.  

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

Read the Full Issue

 

Update  723 - September 30, 2015

To:      Retirees, Participating Boards, and Covered Employees

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 

Notice of Creditable Coverage - ACA-required notice

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

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Update  722 - September 14, 2015

To:      Member Schools and Participants Covered by Starmark/BCBS

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 

September Prize Drawing Winners! Congratulations!

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses.

Details on Health By Choice Rewards – Earn $50 for 10 minutes of your time!

How to Log-in — Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

Read the Full Issue

Update 721 - September 14, 2015

To:       Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer



September Prize  Drawing Winners! – Congratulations!

Why Wellness? – Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses. 

Wellness Programs for 2015/2016  – Financial incentives for participation. 

Details on Health By Choice Rewards - Earn $50 for 10 minutes of your time!

How to Log-in  – Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you. 

Contacting Us for Support – Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 

Read the Full Issue

Update 720 - August 5, 2015

To:      Retirees Covered by Priority Health

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer



From Howard’s Desk — Retiree summit follow up

In-Network vs. Out-of-Network Coverage – Compare HMO 100/POS 70 and HMO 80 plans

HMO 100/POS 70 vs. HMO 80 Benefit Comparison – Website link to comparison

Prescription Drug Copays for 2015/2016 – Changes to 2015/16 prescription drug copays

Out-of-Pocket Maximum – Description of costs that count toward out-of-pocket maximums

Silver & Fit – No-cost membership at a local fitness facility

Contacting Us for Support – Contact us if you have questions or need assistance 

 

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Update 719 - June 30, 2015

To:      Retirees Covered by Priority Health

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer



From Howard’s Desk — Good benefits at a reasonable cost

Attend an Informational Meeting — Join us on Tuesday, July 21

Premium Rates for September 1, 2015 — Rate sheet enclosed

Have Premiums Deducted From Your Pension Payment- See attached form.

Plans Available to Retirees Age of 65 and Over — Two plans are available plus Vision

Plan Changes – Changes to plans offered

September 1, 2015, Open Enrollment — Deadline to change coverage is September 1

Reconstructive Surgery Following Mastectomy — Notice required by federal legislation

Maternity Length of Stay — Notice required by federal legislation

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance 

 

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Update 718 - May 18, 2015

To:      Participating Boards and Eligible Employees

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 

Annual Enrollment Is Online — From June 1 through July 15, 2015

How to Access the Online System — Easy, even if you have forgotten your  username and password

Your Benefit Elections — Review /modify your insurance coverage

Adding or Removing Dependents — Complete the change form and forward to us

Starmark Participants – Open enrollment begins 30 days prior to your new plan year

Blue Cross Blue Shield Participants – Open enrollment information will be provided closer to new plan year

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance 

 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

Update 717 - May 15, 2015

To:      Participating Schools and Participants

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 

Distribution of the Summary Annual Report — Review of the Plan’s financial status

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

 

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Update 716 - April 1, 2015

 To:      Participating Boards, Administrators and Employees covered by Priority Health

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 

From Howard’s Desk — Small Group Summit April 20, 2015

Age-based Rates Most rates based on ages of those covered

September 1 Rates — Premium rates for the 2015/2016 plan year

Open Enrollment 2015-16 — On-line Enrollment in the Insurance Plan is June 1 to July 15

Wellness Discounts and Programs — Take advantage of these discounts

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

Update 715 - February 5, 2015

 

To:       Boards, Administrators, and Participants of Schools Covered by the Limited Benefit Plan  

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 From Howard’s Desk — Working hard to provide value-added and cost-saving options for you.

September 1 Rates — Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting.

Dental – Increased annual dental benefit.

Basic Life – Adding an option for $100,000 coverage.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

Update 714 - February 5, 2015

To:       Boards, Administrators, and Participants of Schools (less than 50 eligible) Covered by Priority Health  

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


From Howard’s Desk — Working hard to provide value-added and cost-saving options for you.

September 1 Rates — Premium rates will be issued in April to help with budgeting.

Health Plans to be Offered in the 2015/2016 Plan Year  New plans and Plan Changes.

Dental – Increased annual dental benefit.

Basic Life – Adding an option for $100,000 coverage.

Eligibility- New option on eligibility levels for health and limited benefit plan.

Terminations/No Rescissions — Handle termination of coverage with care.

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution — Use care if considering self-funding the deductible.

Open Enrollment — Annual Webinar for Administrators/Benefit Managers; Details to follow in April.

Wellness Discounts and Programs — Take advantage of Priority Health’s wellness discounts.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update 713 - February 3, 2015

To:       Boards, Administrators, and Participants of Large Schools Covered by Priority Health  

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


From Howard’s Desk — Working hard to provide value-added and cost-saving options for you.

September 1 Rates — Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting.

Health Plans to be Offered in the 2015/2016 Plan Year New plans and Plan Changes.

Dental – Increased annual dental benefit.

Basic Life – Adding an option for $100,000 coverage.

Eligibility- New option on eligibility levels for health and limited benefit plan.

Terminations/No Rescissions — Handle termination of coverage with care.

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution — Use care if considering self-funding the deductible.

Open Enrollment — Annual Webinar for Administrators/Benefit Managers; Details to follow in April.

Wellness Discounts and Programs — Take advantage of Priority Health’s wellness discounts.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

 

Read the Full Issue

 

Update 712 - January 16, 2015

To:      Member Schools Covered by Starmark or BCBS and Their Employees  

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


Why Wellness? — Save $1,400 per year.

Be Active Challenge — Six week Individual/Team Challenge toward better health and prizes!

Timeline and Instructions for Participation — Register your Team January 26 – 30, 2015.

Incentives — Win money!

Who to Contact for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.


Read the Full Issue

 

 

Update 711 - January 16, 2015

To:      Member Schools Covered by Priority Health and Their Employees  

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


Why Wellness? — Save $1,400 per year.

Be Active Challenge — Six week Individual/Team Challenge toward better health and prizes!

Timeline and Instructions for Participation — Register your Team January 26 – 30, 2015.

Incentives — Win money!

Who to Contact for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

Read the Full Issue

 

Update 710 - December 23, 2014

To:      Boards and Administrators of all US Member Organizations

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Survey Results — Trends in premium payment policies, eligibility requirements, and flexible

                                spending accounts (Section 125 plans).

For More Information — About our Benefit Plans.

Who to Contact for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

 

Update 709 - January 12, 2015

To:      Member Schools and Participants Covered by Starmark/BCBS

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Prize Drawing Winners! Congratulations!

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses.

Qualify for Prize Drawing — Here is another chance to win a gift card!

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

Read the Full Issue

Update 708 - October 29, 2014

To:      Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

September Prize Drawing Winners! Congratulations!

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses.

Wellness Programs for 2014/2015 — Financial incentives for participation.

Details on Health By Choice Rewards — Earn $50 for 10 minutes of your time!

How to Log-in — Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 


Read the Full Issue

Update 707 - October 27, 2014


To:      Retirees Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Silver & Fit — New this year!   No-cost membership at a local fitness facility

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 


Read the Full Issue

Update 706 - October 10, 2014


To:      Retirees Participating Boards, and Covered Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Notice of Creditable Coverage — ACA-required notice

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 


Read the Full Issue

Update 705 - July 3, 2014


To:      Retirees Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Good benefits at a reasonable cost

Attend an Informational Meeting — Join us on Monday, July 28

Premium Rates for September 1, 2014 — Rate sheet enclosed

Plans Available to Retirees Age of 65 and Over — Two plans are available plus Vision

September 1, 2014 Open Enrollment — Deadline to change coverage is September 1

Reconstructive Surgery Following Mastectomy — Notice required by federal legislation

Maternity Length of Stay — Notice required by federal legislation

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

 

Read the Full Issue

 

Update 704 - May 23, 2014


To:       Participating Schools and Participants

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Annual Enrollment is Online — From June 2 through July 16, 2014!

How to Access the Online System — Easy, even if you have forgotten your

                                                                       username and password.

Your Benefit Elections — Review /modify your insurance coverage.

Adding or Removing Dependents — Complete the change form and forward to us.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 

 

Read the Full Issue

 

Update 703 - May 19, 2014


To:       Participating Schools and Participants

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


Distribution of the Summary Annual Report — Review of the Plan’s financial status.

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. 

 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

Update 702 - April 25, 2014


To:       Participating Boards, Administrators, and Employees covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


From Howard’s Desk — New Required ACA Rating Methodology

Age-based Rates - Most rates based on ages of those covered

Eligibility and Participation - Changes in requirements

September 1 Rates   Premium rates for the 2014/2015 plan year

Open Enrollment 2014-15 - On-line Enrollment in the Insurance Plan is June 2 to July 16

Wellness Discounts and Programs - Take advantage of these discounts

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

 

Read the Full Issue

 

Update 701 - February 14, 2014


To:       Boards and Administrators and Participants of  Schools Covered by Trustmark

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


From Howard’s Desk — Working hard to provide value-added and cost-saving options for you

September 1 Rates   Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting.

Basic Life and AD&D Offering —  Remember, schools can offer $50,000 of Basic Life / AD&D.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

 

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Update 700 - February 14, 2014


To:       Boards and Administrators and Participants of  Schools Covered by Trustmark

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


From Howard’s Desk — Partnering with Starmark.

September 1 Rates   Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting.

Basic Life and AD&D Offering — Schools can offer $50,000 of Basic Life / AD&D.

Terminations/No Rescissions — Handle termination of coverage with care.

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution — Use care if considering self-funding the deductible.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

 

Read the Full Issue

 

Update 699 - February 14, 2014


To:       Boards and Administrators and Participants of  Schools (less than 50 eligible) Covered by PH

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


From Howard’s Desk — Working hard to provide value-added and cost-saving options for you.

September 1 Rates — Premium rates will be issued in April to help with budgeting.

Plans to be Offered in the 2014/2015 Plan Year New Plan and Plan Changes.

Terminations/No Rescissions — Handle termination of coverage with care.

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution — Use care if considering self-funding the deductible.

Open Enrollment — Our Annual Webinar for Administrators/Benefit Mgrs; Details to follow in April.

Wellness Discounts and Programs — Take advantage of Priority Health’s wellness discounts.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

 

Read the Full Issue

Update 698 - February 14, 2014


To:       Boards and Administrators and Participants of Large Schools Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


From Howard’s Desk — Working hard to provide value-added and cost-saving options for you.

September 1 Rates — Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting.

Health Plans to be Offered in the 2014/2015 Plan Year New Plan; Minor Plan Changes.

Health Care Reform Reminders — Tracking hours for ACA and audit purposes.

Terminations/No Rescissions — Handle termination of coverage with care.

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution — Use care if considering self-funding the deductible.

Open Enrollment — Annual Webinar for Administrators/Benefit Managers; Details to follow in April.

Wellness Discounts and Programs — Take advantage of Priority Health’s wellness discounts.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

Update 697 - January 2, 2014


To:       Boards and Administrators of all US Member Organizations

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Survey Results — Trends in premium payment policies, eligibility requirements, and flexible spending accounts (Section 125 plans).

For More Information — About our Benefit Plans.

Who to Contact for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

 

Read the Full Issue

 

Update 696 - January 2, 2014

To:      Covered Member Schools and All of their Employees

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Why Wellness? — Save $1,400 per year.

Be Active Challenge — Six week Individual/Team Challenge toward better health and prizes!

Timeline and Instructions for Participation — Register your Team January 13 – 17, 2014.

Incentives — Win money!

Who to Contact for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

 

Read the Full Issue

Update 695 - November 18, 2013

To: Retirees Under Age 65 Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

New ACA Taxes & Fees — New Taxes/Fees effective January 1, 2014.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 

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Update 694 - November 12, 2013

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

November 30 is the Deadline! An easy and quick way to earn $50.

Qualify for Prize Drawings — Win up to $500 for participating!

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses.

How to Log-in — Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you.

Additional Wellness Programs — From On-line Tools to a $100 gift card for Moms-to-be.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

Update 693 - November 12, 2013

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

November 30 is the Deadline! — An easy and fast way to earn $50 for participating.

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses.

Health by Choice Rewards Plan — More Prize Awards in 2014!  Win up to $500.

How to Log-in — Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

Read the Full Issue

 

Update 692 - September 23, 2013

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

September Prize Drawing Winners! — Congratulations!

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses.

Earn $50 by Completing a Health Risk Appraisal/Be Active Challenge - What will you do with $50?

Qualify for Prize Drawing — Here is another chance to win a gift card!

Timeline for Participation — Qulaify for cash incentives by following the timeline.

How to Log-in — Step-by-step instructions to make it conventient for you..

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

Read the Full Issue

 

No. 691 - September 23, 2013

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

September Prize Drawing Winners! — Congratulations!

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses.

Wellness Programs for 2013/2014 — Financial incentives for participation.

Details on Health By Choice Rewards — Earn $50 and be entered in a prize drawing.

How to Log-in — Step-by-step instructions to make it conventient for you..

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

 

No. 690 - August 28, 2013

To: Participating Boards, Participants and Retirees covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) — Requirements.

SBC Clarifications — Deductibles start over every September 1.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

 

 

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No. 689 - August 20, 2013

To: Boards and Participants Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Trustmark Insurance Company — Exiting fully insured business

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance 

 

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No. 688 - June 26, 2013

To: Participating Boards and Participants Receiving a Priority Health Rate Adjustment
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Rate adjustment from Priority Health.

September 1, 2013 Revised Rates — Revised premium rates for the 2013/2014 plan year.

Open Enrollment Extended — Participants may change their election up until August 31.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance 

 

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No. 687 - June 10, 2013

To: Retirees Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Good benefits at a reasonable cost

Premium Rates for September 1, 2013 — Rate sheet enclosed

Plans Available to Retirees Age 65 and Over — Two plans are available plus Vision

September 1, 2013 Open Enrollment — Deadline to change coverage is September 1

Reconstructive Surgery Following Mastectomy — Notice required by federal legislation

Maternity Length of Stay — Notice required by federal legislation

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance 

 

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No. 686 - June 10, 2013

To: Retirees Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Good benefits at a reasonable cost

Attend an Informational Meeting — Join us on Monday, June 24

Premium Rates for September 1, 2013 — Rate sheet enclosed

Plans Available to Retirees Age of 65 and Over — Two plans are available plus Vision

September 1, 2013 Open Enrollment — Deadline to change coverage is September 1

Reconstructive Surgery Following Mastectomy — Notice required by federal legislation

Maternity Length of Stay — Notice required by federal legislation

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

 

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No. 685 - May 22, 2013

To: Participating Boards and Administrators
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Plan Design for the 2014/2015 School Year — We want to hear from you.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistancee

 

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No. 684 - May 24, 2013

To: Participating Boards and Eligible Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Annual Enrollment is Online — From June 1through July 16, 2013!

How to Access the Online System — Easy, even if you have forgotten your username and password.

Your Benefit Elections — Review /modify your insurance coverage.

Benefit Summaries — Detail of each plan option is available on-line.

Adding or Removing Dependents — Complete the change form and forward to us.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 

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No. 683 - April 15, 2013

To: Participating Boards and Participants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

September 1 Rates — Premium rates for the 2013/2014 plan year.

Health Care Reform Webinar — Wed., April 24. Impact of Health Care Reform on your school.

Health Strategies 2013 — Wed., May 22. Collaborative session with you.

Open Enrollment 2013-14 — On-line Enrollment in the Insurance Plan is June 1 to July 15.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance.

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 No. 682 - March 18, 2013

To: Participating Boards and Participants of Large Schools Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

September 1 Rates — Premium rates for the 2013/2014 plan year.

Health Care Reform Webinar — Collaborative Session with schools across the U.S.

Open Enrollment 2013-14 — On-line Enrollment is June 1 to July 15.

Contacting Us for Support — If you have questions or need assistance. 

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No. 681 - February 28, 2013

To: Participating Schools and Participants
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Distribution of the Summary Annual Report - Review of the Plan's financial status - Read More

Who to Contact for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 680 - February 15, 2013

To: CSI Member Organizations
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Rebate Helps Small Schools Provide Health Insurance Coverage - Up to 25% rebate! - Read More

Eligibility Rules - Less than 25 FTEs, Average Salary less than $50,000 - Read More

Amount of Rebate - Up to 25% of the Employer Premium; Increasing to 35% in 2014 -  Read More

Claiming the Small Business Health Care Rebate - Form 8941. Line 44f of 990T - Read More

More Information - Three Easy Steps, Frequently Asked Questions - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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 No. 679 - February 1, 2013

To: Boards and Administrators of CSI Member Organizations Not Participating in the CSI Insurance Plan
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard's Desk - Working hard to provide cost-savings options. We're stronger together! - Read More

September 1 Health Rates Available Now - Early renewal rates help schools with budgeting - Read More

CSI Limited Benefit Plan Available in ALL States - Life, AD&D, Disability, Dental, Vision and Optional Life Insurance is available to ALL schools, faculty and staff, regardless of location or size - Read More

CSI Health Insurance Coverage: States that Qualify - List of states - Read More

For a Quote or More Information about the CSI Benefit Plans - Contact Claire Larson - Read More

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No. 678 - February 1, 2013

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard's Desk - Working hard to provide cost-savings options. We're stronger together! - Read More

September 1, 2013 Rates - Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting - Read More

Plans To Be Offered in the 2013/2014 Plan Year - Flexible plan options - Read More

Delta Dental - Increase in Annual maximum to $1,250 - Read More

Basic Life and AD&D Offering - Schools can offer $50,000 of Basic Life/AD&D - Read More

Termination/No Rescissions - Handle termination of coverage with care - Read More

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution - Use care if considering self-funding the deductible - Read More

Plan Design Options - Reminder of plan designs - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 677 - February 1, 2013

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard's Desk - Working hard to provide cost-savings options. We're stronger together! - Read More

September 1 Rates - Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting - Read More

Plans To Be Offered in the 2013/2014 Plan Year - Three plans eliminated, one plan added - Read More

Delta Dental - Increase in Annual maximum to $1,250 - Read More

Basic Life and AD&D Offering - Schools can offer $50,000 of Basic Life/AD&D - Read More

Termination/No Rescissions - Handle termination of coverage with care - Read More

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution - Use care if considering self-funding the deductible - Read More

Plan Design Options - Reminder of plan designs - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 676 - January 7, 2013

To: Boards and Administrators of All CSI Member Organizations
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Survey Results - Trends in premium payment policies, eligibility requirements and flexible spending accounts (Section 125 plans) - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

For More Information - About the CSI Benefit Plans - Read More

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No. 675 - December 28, 2012

To: US Member Schools Covered by a CSI Health Plan, and All of their Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Why Wellness? - Over 50% of health care expenses are caused by lifestyle - Read More

Be Active Challenge - Six week challenge toward better health with prizes! - Read More

Timeline and Instructions for Participation - Register between January 9-16, 2013 - Read More

Incentives - Win money! - Read More

For More Information - About the CSI Benefit Plans - Read More

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No. 674 - November 1, 2012

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

November 20 is the Deadline! - A quick and easy way to earn $50 - Read More

Why Wellness? - Over 50% of health care expenses are caused by lifestyle - Read More

Earn $50 by Completing the Health Risk Appraisal and Participating in the Be Active Challenge  - Read More

Prize Drawing - Win a prize of up to $500 for participating! - Read More

How to Log In - Step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you - Read More

Additional Wellness Programs - From online tools to a $100 gift card for Moms-to-be  - Read More

Who to Contact for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 673 - November 1, 2012

To: Member Schools and Paricipants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

November 30 is the Deadline! - An easy and quick way to earn $50 for participating. - Read More

Why Wellness? - Over 50% of health care expenses are caused by lifestyle. - Read More

Health by Choice Rewards Plan - Can you use $50? Earn it by participating! And, more prize Awards in 2013! Win up to $500. - Read More

How to Log-in - step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you. - Read More

Who to Contact for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 672 - September 19, 2012

To: Member Schools and Paricipants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

September Prize Drawing Winners! - Congratulations! 

Why Wellness? - Over 50% of health care expenses are caused by lifestyle choices 

Wellness Programs for 2012/2013 - Earn $50 and be entered in a prize drawing 

How to Log-in - Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you 

Who to Contact for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 671 - September 19, 2012

To: Member Schools and Paricipants Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

September Prize Drawing Winners! - Congratulations!

Why Wellness? - Over 50% of health care expenses are caused by lifestyle choices

Earn $50 by Completing a Health Risk Appraisal and Be Active Challenge - What will you do with $50?

Qualify for Prize Drawing - Here is another chance to win a gift card!

Timeline for Participation - Qualify for cash incentives by following the timeline 

How to Log-in - Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you

Who to Contact for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 670 - September 7, 2012

To: Participating Schools, Boards and Participants
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

Plan Book for LTD, Life, and AD&D - Also available on the CSI website 

$50,000 Life Option - Schools choose the $20,000 Life or the new $50,000 Life Option

Dependent Definition - Cover dependents to age 26 regardless of student/marital status

Enrollment for Optional Life and AD&D Insurance - Take care of your family!

Who to Contact for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 669 - June 15, 2012

To: Participating Employers
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

Distribution of the Summary Annual Report - Review of the Plan's financial status 

Summary of Annual Report - Summary Annual Report for Christian Schools International Insurance Plan and Trust Fund

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 668 - June 15, 2012

To: Retirees Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - Good benefits at a reasonable cost 

Premium Rates for September 1, 2012 - Rate sheet enclosed 

Plans Available to Retirees - Two plans are available 

September 1, 2012 Open Enrollment - Deadline to change coverage is September 1 

New Vision Plans - VSP Choice provides more plan options at a competitive cost! 

Reconstructive Surgery Following Mastectomy - Notice required by federal legislation 

Maternity Length of Stay - Notice required by federal legislation 

Who to Contact for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 667 - June 15, 2012

To: Retirees Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - Good benefits at a reasonable cost 

Attend an Informational Meeting - Join us on Tuesday, July 17

Premium Rates for September 1, 2012 - Rate sheet enclosed 

Plans Available to Retirees - Two plans are available 

September 1, 2012 Open Enrollment - Deadline to change coverage is September 1

New Vision Plans - VSP Choice provides more plan options at a competitive cost! 

Reconstructive Surgery Following Mastectomy - Notice required by federal legislation

Maternity Length of Stay - Notice required by federal legislation 

Who to Contact for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 666 - May 21, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Eligible Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

New Vision Plans - VSP Choice provides more plan options for staff!

VSP 1 - Enhanced plan option at a slightly higher rate

VSP 2 - Benefits are very similar to the current plan, but at a much reduced rate, 22% savings!

Doctor Network - Confirm that your doctor is "in-network" or find one who is 

Pricing Effective September 1, 2012 - New pricing details 

Eligibility - If you participate in the CSI Insurance Plan or CSI Limited Benefit Plan, you are eligible 

Annual Enrollment - Enroll online from June 1 through July 13 

Who to Contact for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 665 - May 21, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Eligible Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

Annual Enrollment is Online - From June 1 through July 13, 2012! 

How to Access the Online System - Easy, even if you have forgotten your username and password 

Your Benefit Elections - Review/modify your insurance coverage

Adding or Removing Dependents - Complete the change form and forward to CSI 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 664 - April 25, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Participants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

New Plan Design Option - Lower cost option for schools and participants 

HSA High - New plan design 

Updated Premium Rate Sheet - Includes the new plan

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 663 - April 20, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Participants Covered by the CSI Insurance Plan
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - The importance of life insurance 

Replacing Lost Income - Taking care of your family 

Stay-at-Home Spouse - If something happened to your spouse, you may need additional financial help 

Charitable Contributions - Giving back to the community 

How Much is Enough? - Depends specifically on you, your family's needs and what you want to accomplish 

CSI Optional Life Insurance Application and Rates - How do I apply and what are the rates? 

Portability - The Basic Life and Optional Life Insurance coverage is portable! 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 662 - April 5, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Participants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

September 1 Rates - Premium rates for the 2012/2013 plan year 

Health Strategies 2012 - Friday, May 4: A collaborative session to develop strategies and solutions 

Open Enrollment 2012-2013 - Online Enrollment in the CSI Insurance Plan is June 1 to July 15 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 661 - March 30, 2012

To: Boards and Administrators of CSI Member Organizations, Participants Covered by the CSI Insurance Plan
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - Reminders about benefits and potential savings for schools and participants

Adoptive Benefit - $3,000 per adoption! 

COBRA Administration if Free to Schools - CSI provides free COBRA Administration for schools! 

Five Most Often Missed Benefits for Schools and Staff - Savings for schools and staff 

Optional Vision Coverage - Employees can sign up at Open Enrollment every September 1 

Retiree Coverage - Competitive Retiree package 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 660 - February 24, 2012

To: Members Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

New Health by Choice Progressions (HBCP) and the HMO Value Plan 80 - New plan options!

How the HBCP Plan Works - Find out how to get the higher Choice level benefits with HBCP

The Specific Qualifications - What qualifications must be met for the choice level?

Timeline to Qualify - When must the qualifications be met?

What if I Don't Qualify? - Are there alternatives to the qualifications? 

What Happens for the Next Year? - Requirements for each plan year

Why Health by Choice Progressions? - Plan designed to provide savings to Boards and Participants

About the HMO Value Plan 80 - Benefits of this plan and why we added the plan for 2012-2013 

Health by Choice Progressions and HMO Value Plan 80 Coverage - The specific benefits and coverages for the two new plans are listed here 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 659 - February 3, 2012

To: Boards and Administrators of CSI Member Organizations Not Participating in the CSI Insurance Pan
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - Working hard to provide cost-savings options. We're stronger together!

September 1 Rates Available Now - Early renewal rates help schools with budgeting 

CSI Limited Benefit Plan Available in ALL States - Life, AD&D, Disability, Dental, Vision and Optional Life Insurance is available to ALL schools, faculty, and staff, regardless of location or size 

 CSI Medical Coverage: States that Qualify - List of states 

For a Quote or More Information About the CSI Benefit Plans - Contact Claire Larson

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No. 658 - February 1, 2012

To: Members Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - Working hard to provide cost-savings options. We're stronger together! 

Results of "Hold if for the Holidays" - Congratulations to the prize winners! 

September 1, 2012 Rates - Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting 

Plans to be Offered in the 2012/2013 Plan Year - Decreases in out-of-pocket maximums

New Basic Life/AD&D Offering - Schools can now offer $50,000 of Basic Life/AD&D 

Keeping HSA's Qualified - New annual HSA contribution limits for 2012 

"Shared Time" Eligibility - New eligibility provision for shared time employees 

Termination/No Rescissions - Handle termination of coverage with care 

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution - Use care if considering self-funding the deductible

More School Choices - Plan design ideas 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 657 - February 1, 2012

To: Members Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - Working hard to provide cost-savings options. We're stronger together! 

Results of "Hold if for the Holidays" and the Wellness Ambassador Drawing - Congratulations to the prize winners! 

September 1 Rates - Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting 

New 1% Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) - New Michigan tax 

Plans to be Offered in the 2012/2013 Plan Year - Four plans eliminated, two plans added 

New Basic Life/AD&D Offering - Schools can now offer $50,000 of Basic Life/AD&D 

Keeping HSA's Qualified - New annual HSA contribution limits for 2012

"Shared Time" Eligibility - New eligibility provision for shared time employees 

Termination/No Rescissions - Handle termination of coverage with care 

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution - Use care if considering self-funding the deductible 

More School Choices - Plan design ideas

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

Appendix

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No. 656 - January 5, 2012

To: Boards and Administrators, CSI Member Organizations
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

Survey Results - Trends in premium payment policies, eligibility requirements and flexible spending accounts (Section 125 plans)

For More Information - About the CSI Benefits Plans 

Who To Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 655 - December 1, 2011

To: Retirees Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - Medicare Advantage Plan offered by Priority Health 

Plan Comparison - The CSI Plans and the Priority Health Individual plans 

Who To Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 654 - November 5, 2011

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

November 30 is the Deadline to Earn $75! - An easy and quick way to earn $75 

Why Wellness? - Over 50% of health care expenses are caused by lifestyle

Earn $75 by Completing the Health Risk Appraisal - Complete the HRA today

Prize Drawing for Complying with Preventive Care and Disease Management - Win a prize of up to $500 for participating! 

Timeline for Participation - Meet these deadlines to qualify for the prize drawing 

How to Log In - Step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you

Who To Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 653 - November 5, 2011

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

November 30 is the Deadline - An easy and quick way to earn a reward for participating

Why Wellness? - Over 50% of health care expenses are caused by lifestyle

HMO Health by Choice Incentives Plan - Pay lower fees for health care by participating

Health by Choice Rewards Plan - Can you use $75? Earn it by participating! And, more prize awards in 2012! Win up to $500

How to Log In - Step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you

Who To Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 652 - September 30, 2011

To: Member Schools and Participants with Health Coverage through Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

September Prize Drawing Winners - Congratulations!

Why Wellness? - Over 50% of health care expenses are caused by lifestyle

Wellness Programs for 2011/2012 - Incentives for participation

Details on Health by Choice Rewards - Earn $75 and be entered in a prize drawing

How to Log In - Step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you

Child Optional Life Rate Change - As of September 1, the rates are lower! 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 651 - September 30, 2011

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

September Prize Drawing Winners - Congratulations! 

Why Wellness? - Over 50% of health care expenses are caused by lifestyle 

Earn $75 by Completing the Health Risk Appraisal - What will you do with $75?

Prize Drawing for Complying with Preventive Care and Disease Management - Here is another chance to win a gift card 

Timeline for Participation - Qualify for cash incentives by following the timeline 

How to Log In - Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you 

Child Optional Life Rate Change - As of September 1, the rates are lower! 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 650 - July, 2011

To: Participating Employers
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

Distribution of the Summary Annual Report - Review of the Plan's financial status

Summary Annual Report - Summary Annual Report for Christian Schools International Insurance Plan and Trust Fund 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 649 - June 23, 2011

To: Retirees Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - Good benefits at a reasonable cost

Plans Available to Retirees - No changes in the two plans 

September 1, 2011 Open Enrollment - Deadline for open enrollment is September 1 

Vision Coverage - Great coverage at reasonable rates

Reconstructive Surgery Following Mastectomy - Notice required by federal legislation 

Maternity Length of Stay - Notice required by federal legislation

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 648 - July 13, 2011

To: Retirees Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - Good benefits at a reasonable cost 

Plans Available to Retirees - Two plans available

Change in Out-of-Pocket Maximum - Definition is changing, cap on out-of-pocket max 

September 1, 2011 Open Enrollment - Deadline to change coverage is September 1

Vision Coverage - Great coverage at reasonable rates 

Reconstructive Surgery Following Mastectomy - Notice required by federal legislation

Maternity Length of Stay - Notice required by federal legislation

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

No. 647 - June 17, 2011

To: Participating School Board Members and Administrators
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

Plan Design for the 2012/2013 School Year - We want to hear from you 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 646 - June 22, 2011

To: CSI Member Schools
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

Tax Credit Helps Small Schools Provide Health Insurance Coverage - 25% Credit!

Eligibility Rules - Tax-exempt organizations, less than 25 FTE, avg. salary less than $50,000 

Amount of Credit - 25% of premiums paid, increasing to 35% of premiums paid in 2014

Claiming the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit - For 8941. Line 44f of new 990-T 

More Information - Three easy steps, FAQs, video and webinar available

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 645 - May 20, 2011

To: Participating Schools and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

Annual Enrollment is Online - Online action required between June 1 and July 15, 2011!

How to Access the Online System - Easy, even if you have forgotten your username and password 

Your Benefit Elections - Review/modify your insuarnce coverage

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

Read the Full Issue

 

 

No. 644 - April 28, 2011

To: Participating Schools and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

Grandfathering Eligibility - Schools can "grandfather" current coverd employees

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 643 - April 8, 2011

To: Participating Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health 
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

September 1 Rates - Premium rates for the 2011/2012 plan year 

Plans to be Offered in the 2011/2012 Plan Year - The HSA High plan is back 

Health Strategies 2011 - A collaborative session to develop strategies and solutions 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

Read the Full Issue

 

 

No. 642 - February 10, 2011

To: Participating Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health 
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

New Health by Choice Achievement Plans - New plan options! 

How it Works - Find out how to get the higher choice level of benefits 

The Specific Qualifications - What qualifications must be met?

Timeline to Qualify - When must the qualifications be met?

What if I Don't Qualify? - Are there alternatives to qualifications?

Health by Choice Achievements Coveage - Plan benefit details 

Why Health by Choice Achievements? - Plans designed to provide savings 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 641 - February 7, 2011

To: Member Schools and Covered Participants
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - Working hard to provide cost-savings options

Results of "Competition Nutrition" - Congratulations to the prize winners! 

September 1 Rates - Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting 

Plans to be Offered in the 2010/2011 Plan Year - The menu of plans is expanding

HSA 2 Out-of-Pocket Maximum - Change to HSA 2

Preventive Care Benefit - Benefit level increases

Office Visit Copay - Change in the copay 

Prescription Copay - Change in the copay 

Changes Mandated by Health Care Reform - Changes required by health care reform 

Dental Changes - Changes to deductibles and bitewing x-rays

Parent Enployer Plan Waiver - Participation change for employees

More School Choices - New options to help manage your school's compensation package

Terminations/No Rescissions - Handle termination of coverage with care 

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution - Use care if considering self-funding the deductible

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 640 - February 7, 2011

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

From Howard's Desk - Working hard to provide cost-savings options 

Results of "Competition Nutrition" - Congratulations to the prize winners! 

September 1 Rates - Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting

Plans to be Offered in the 2011/2012 Plan Year - The menu of plans is expanding

Prescription Drug Changes - Change in copays for certain plans

Copay Alignment Changes - Change in copays for HMO 80 High and HMO 100 High

Changes Mandated by Health Care Reform - Changes required by health care reform 

Dental Changes - Changes to deductibles and bitewing x-rays 

Eligibility Change for Employees - Parent Employer Plan Waiver 

More School Choices - New options to help manage your school's compensation package 

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution - Use care if considering self-funding the deductible

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 639 - December 3, 2010

To: Boards and Administrators, CSI Member Organizations
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

Survey Results - Trends in premium payment policies

For More Information - About the CSI Benefit Plans

Who to Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 638 - November 11, 2010

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

November 30 is the Deadline to Earn $75 - This is a quick and easy way to earn $75 

Why Wellness? - Your health depends on your lifestyle choices each day 

Prize Drawing for Complying with Preventive Care and Disease Management - Win a prize of up to $500 for participating 

Timeline for Participation - Meet these deadlines to qualify for the prize drawing

How to Log in - Step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you

Who to Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 637 - November 11, 2010

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasuer

November 30 is the Deadline! - This is a quick and easy way to earn a reward for participating

Why Wellness? - Your health depends on your lifestyle choices each day 

HMO Health by Choice Incentive Plan - Pay lower fees for health care by participating

Health By Choice Rewards Plan - Can you use $75? Earn it by participating!

How to Log in - Step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you 

Who to Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 636 - September 30, 2010

To: Member Schools and Participants with Health Coverage through Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

September Prize Drawing Winners! — Congratulations! Gift Cards will be mailed soon

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses

Wellness Programs for 2010/2011 — Incentives for participation

Details on Health By Choice Rewards — Earn $75 and be entered in a prize drawing

How to Login — Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 635 - September 30, 2010

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

September Prize Drawing Winners! — Congratulations!

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses

Earn $75 by Completing the Health Risk Appraisal — What will you do with $75?

Prize Drawing for Complying with Preventive Care and Disease Management — Here is another chance to win an American Express gift card

Timeline for Participation — Qualify for cash incentives by following the timeline

How to Login — Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 634 - September 20, 2010

To: Participating School Boards and Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Participate in the Ambassador Program! — Healthy living made fun!

How Does it Work? — One volunteer needed from each school

Here’s a Quick Preview — Fun team activities

Encourage with Enthusiasm! —  Do you have a passion for helping others?

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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 No. 633 - July 9, 2009

To: Retirees Covered by Trustmark

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Good benefits at a reasonable cost

Plans Available to Retirees—Many plans to choose from

Premium Rates for September 1, 2010 — Rate sheet enclosed

September 1, 2010, Open Enrollment — Deadline for open enrollment

Vision Coverage — Great coverage at reasonable rates

New Prescription Discount Card Administrator — Enclosed is a new card

Maternity Length of Stay — Notice required by federal legislation

Reconstructive Surgery following Mastectomy — Notice required by federal legislation

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 632 - July 1, 2010

To: Retirees Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Good benefits at a reasonable cost

New Medicare Advantage Plan — New, lower-cost MAPD option

Attend an Informational Meeting — Join us on Wednesday, July 21

September 1, 2010 Open Enrollment — Deadline to change coverage is September 1

Special Open Enrollment for Terminated Participants — Not in the CSI Plan? Here is an opportunity to take advantage of CSI’s great insurance options

Premium Rates for September 1, 2010 — Your cost effective September 1

Maternity Length of Stay — Maternity benefits

Reconstructive Surgery Following Mastectomy — Reconstructive benefits

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 631 - July, 2010

To: Participating Employers

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Distribution of the Summary Annual Report — Review of the Plan’s financial status

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 630 - June 22, 2010

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

New Prescription Drug Administrator – Trustmark selects CVS Caremark

Two Ways to Receive Prescriptions – Retail or Mail Service for your convenience

Additional Services – CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy and Caremark.com

Updated Insurance Cards – Use these new insurance cards

Contact CSI for Support – Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 629 - May 12, 2010

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Dependent Coverage Extended to Age 26 — Health care reform extends coverage for dependents who are currently covered

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 627 - April 9, 2010

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health (For Schools Less Than 50 Participants)

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

September 1, 2010 Rates— Premium rates effective September 1, 2010

Plans to be Offered in the 2010/2011 Plan Year The menu of plans is expanding

Deductibles and Out-of-Pocket Maximums —  Changes to certain plans

New Plan Options for the 2010/2011 Plan Year A larger choice of benefit levels

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 626 - February 9, 2010 

 To: Kalamazoo Christian Participants Covered by Priority Health 

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer 

Health by Choice Incentives HMO Plan — Two levels of benefits 

Get the Higher “Choice” Benefits — It is easy to obtain the higher level of benefits 

Your Routine Physical — Call your doctor and schedule a physical 

The Qualification Form — Bring this form to your doctor before March 31 

Verify Your Status — Status must be complete by March 31 

Contact CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 625 - February 5, 2010

To: Member Schools and Covered Participants

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk – Working hard to provide cost-savings options 

Results of “Hold it for the Holidays” — Congratulations to the prize-winners! 

September 1 Rates— Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting 

Plans to be Offered in the 2010/2011 Plan Year — The menu of plans is expanding 

Deductibles and Out-of-Pocket Maximums — Changes to certain plans 

Preventive Care Benefit — Benefit level increases 

Prescription Copay —Change in the copay 

In-Store/Retail Clinics —Coverage added for these convenient health care providers 

HSA Contribution Limit Change — The limit increases effective September 1 

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution— Use care if considering self-funding the deductible 

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 624 - February 5, 2010

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk – Working hard to provide cost-savings options 

Results of “Hold it for the Holidays” — Congratulations to the prize-winners! 

September 1 Rates— Premium rates issued early to help with budgeting 

Plans to be Offered in the 2010/2011 Plan Year — The menu of plans is expanding 

New Plan Options for the 2010/2011 Plan Year — A larger choice of benefit levels 

Deductibles and Out-of-Pocket Maximums — Changes to certain plans 

Trustmark Preventive Care Benefit — Benefit level increases 

In-Store/Retail Clinics (Trustmark) —Coverage added for these convenient health care providers 

HSA Contribution Limit Change — The limit increases effective September 1 

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution— Use care if considering self-funding the deductible 

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 623 - January 2010

To: Participating Schools and Participants

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Special Enrollment for Optional Life — Enroll without evidence of good health 

Enrollment Packet from Hartford — Your personalized enrollment packet is attached 

Deadline for Changing Coverage — Submit forms by February 12, 2010 

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 622 - December 29, 2009

To: Participating Schools and Participants

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Special Enrollment for Optional Life — Enroll without evidence of good health

Enrollment Packet from Hartford — Watch your mailbox for enrollment information

Deadline for Changing Coverage — Submit forms by February 12, 2010

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 621 - February 1, 2010 

To: Boards and Administrators & CSI Member Organizations

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Survey Results – Trends in premium payment policies 

For More Information – About the CSI Benefit Plans 

Who To Contact – Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 620 - November 13, 2009

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

November 30 is the Deadline to Earn $75!  This is an easy and quick way to earn $75.

Why Wellness? — Your health depends on your lifestyle choices each day.

Prize Drawing for Complying with Preventive Care and Disease Management. — Win a prize of up to $500 for participating.

Timeline for Participation. — Meet these deadlines to qualify for the prize drawing.

How to Log In. — Step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you.

Who to Contact for Support. — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance.

Read the Full Issue

 

 

 

No. 619 - November 13, 2009

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

November 30 is the Deadline! This is an easy and quick way to earn a reward for participating.

Why Wellness? — Your health depends on your lifestyle choices each day.

HMO Health by Choice Incentives Plan. — Pay lower fees for health care by participating.

Health by Choice Rewards Plan. — Can you use $75? Earn it by participating!

How to Log In. — Step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you.

Who to Contact for Support. — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance.

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No. 618 - October 20, 2009

To: Participating Schools and Participants

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Plan Book for LTD, Life, and AD&D — Also available on the CSI web site

Special Enrollment for Optional Life — Enroll without evidence of good health

Dependent Definition Change for State of Illinois — Illinois regulation change

Contacting CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 617 - October 2, 2009  

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark 

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer 

Additions to Trustmark’s Healthy Foundations — valuable new wellness features

Earn $75 by Completing the Health Risk Appraisal — What will you do with $75?

Prize Drawing for Complying with Preventive Care and Disease Management — Here is another chance to win an American Express gift card

Timeline for Participation — Qualify for cash incentives by following the timeline

How to Login — Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you

Who to Contact at CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 616 - September 21, 2009

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health Plans HMO 80, HMO 100, and HSA 

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer 

September Prize Drawing Winners! — Congratulations! Gift Cards will be mailed soon.

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses

Wellness Programs for 2009/2010 — Incentives for participation

Details on Health By Choice Rewards — Earn $75 and be entered in a prize drawing

How to Login — Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you

Who to Contact at CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 615 - September 21, 2009

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Trustmark

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

September Prize Drawing Winners! — Congratulations!

Why Wellness? — Lifestyle choices cause over 50% of health care expenses

Earn $75 by Completing the Health Risk Appraisal — What will you do with $75?

Prize Drawing for Complying with Preventive Care and Disease Management — Here is another chance to win an American Express gift card

Timeline for Participation — Qualify for cash incentives by following the timeline

How to Login — Step-by-step instructions to make it convenient for you

Who to Contact at CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 614 - September 10, 2009

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health Incentives Plan 

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer 

Health by Choice Incentives HMO Plans — Two levels of benefits

Get the Higher “Choice” Benefits — It is easy to obtain the higher level of benefits

Schedule Your Routine Physical Now — Call your doctor and schedule a physical

The Qualification Form — Bring this form to your doctor before November 30

Verify Your Status — Status must be complete by November 30

Who to Contact at CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 613 - August 21, 2009

To: Participating School Boards and Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Introducing the  Ambassador Program!— Healthy living made fun!

How Does it Work? — One volunteer needed from each school

Here’s a Quick Preview — Fun team activities

Encourage with Enthusiasm! —  Do you have a passion for helping others?

Who to Contact at CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

 

No. 612 - July 9, 2009

To: Retirees Over Age 65 Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Good benefits at a reasonable cost

Plans Available to Retirees Age 65 and Over — Two plans available

September 1, 2009, Open Enrollment — Deadline for open enrollment

Vision Coverage — No rate increase for the 2009/2010 plan year

Maternity Length of Stay — Notice required by federal legislation

Reconstructive Surgery following Mastectomy — Notice required by federal legislation

Who to Contact at CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 611 - July 9, 2009

To: Retirees Covered by Trustmark

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Good benefits at a reasonable cost

Plans Available to Retirees—Many plans to choose from

September 1, 2009, Open Enrollment — Deadline for open enrollment

Premium Rates for September 1, 2009 — Rate sheet enclosed

Vision Coverage — No rate increase for the 2009/2010 plan year

Maternity Length of Stay — Notice required by federal legislation

Reconstructive Surgery following Mastectomy — Notice required by federal legislation

Who to Contact at CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 610 - July 9, 2009

To: Retirees Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Good benefits at a reasonable cost

Plans Available to Retirees—Many plans to choose from

September 1, 2009, Open Enrollment — Deadline for open enrollment

Premium Rates for September 1, 2009 — Rate sheet enclosed

Vision Coverage — No rate increase for the 2009/2010 plan year

Maternity Length of Stay — Notice required by federal legislation

Reconstructive Surgery following Mastectomy — Notice required by federal legislation

Who to Contact at CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 609 - June 15, 2009

To: Participating Employers

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Distribution of the Summary Annual Report — Review of the Plan’s financial status

Who to Contact at CSI for Support — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 608 - May 18, 2009 

To: School Boards and Participants Covered by Priority Health 

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer 

Results of the Healthy Steps Challenge — Wow! That’s a lot of steps!

Prizes for  the Most Steps— Teams that went the extra mile

Prizes for Timely Reporting — Six teams receive Subway gift cards

Overall Participation Prize Drawing — One school wins a lunch for highest participation

Thank You to Wellness Ambassadors —We appreciate your extra effort!

Thank You to Priority Health Staff —Good job keeping track of the CSI teams

Wellness and the Priority Health Partnership — Wellness creates a win-win program

Who to Contact — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 607 - May 18, 2009

To: Participating School Boards and Eligible Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

September 1, 2009 Open Enrollment — Your annual opportunity to change coverage

Termination of Health/Dental Coverage — Cobra coverage is available

Maternity Length of Stay — Guidelines for hospital stay

Reconstructive Surgery Following Mastectomy — Benefits available after mastectomy

Who to Contact — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

 
 
 

 

No. 606 - May 2009

To: CSI Member Schools

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Working hard to provide cost-saving options

Priority Health Commits to Lowest Rates — Lowest rates by working together

Health Rate Reduction Effective April 1, 2009 — 3% premium reduction

Premium Rate Changes Effective September 1, 2009 — Changes listed by benefit

Premium Rates by School — Each school will have its own health rates

Change in Insurance Eligibility — 90% of eligible employees must be covered

CSI Web Site — Valuable information at your fingertips

Who to Contact — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 605 - May 2009

To: CSI Member Schools

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Working hard to provide cost-saving options

Premium Rate Changes Effective September 1, 2009 — Changes listed by benefit

Change in Insurance Eligibility — 90% of eligible employees must be covered

CSI Web Site — Valuable information at your fingertips

CSI Insurance and Your Local Agent — You have the option of using an agent

Who to Contact — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 604 - May 1, 2009 

To: Participating Boards and Participants

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Working hard to provide cost-saving options 

Premium Rate Changes Effective September 1, 2009 — Changes listed by benefit 

New PPO 80 Plan Available — New lower-cost option 

Change in Insurance Eligibility — 90% of eligible employees must be covered 

Dental Plan Changes — New lower-cost option 

Changes in Long Term Disability — New lower-cost option 

Changes in Life Coverage — One-time open enrollment 

Deductibles and Out-of-Pocket Maximums — Changes to annual deductibles 

Who To Contact — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 603 - May 1, 2009 

To: Participating Boards and Participants Covered By Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Working hard to provide cost-saving options

Priority Health Commits to Lowest Rates — Lowest rates by working together

Health Rate Reduction Effective April 1, 2009! — 3% premium reduction

Premium Rates by School — Each school will have it’s own health rates

Premium Rate Changes Effective September 1, 2009 — Changes listed by benefit

Change in Insurance Eligibility — 90% of eligible employees must be covered

Dental Plan Changes — New lower-cost option

Changes in Long Term Disability — New lower-cost option

Changes in Life Coverage — One-time open enrollment

Mail Order Prescription Drug Copay — 90 day supply for 2 copays

Priority Health Incentives HMO Plans — Great benefit at a great price

Deductibles and Out-of-Pocket Maximums — Changes to annual deductibles

Office Visit Copays — Changes in copays

Who To Contact — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

 
 
 

 

No. 602 - March 23, 2009 

To: Participating Boards and Administrators

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Cobra Administration — Changes and information regarding Infinisource

New Infinisource Contact Person — Melanie is happy to assist you!

Accessing the Infinisource Web Site — Systems information and assistance

Infinisource Reports Sent to Schools — You can choose to receive informational e-mails from Infinisource

Cobra Premium Subsidy — How the stimulus package effects you

Who To Contact — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

 
 
 
 

No. 601 - March 10, 2009 

To: Member Schools and Participants

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Plans Offered in the 2009/2010 Plan Year The menu of plans is changing

September 1 Enrollment and Rates— Watch for premium rates in May 2009

HSA Contribution Limit Change — The limit increases effective September 1

Changes in Coverage —A list of changes

Deductibles and Out-of-Pocket Maximums —  Changes to certain plans

Optional Life Coverage — This is your annual chance to increase protection

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution— Use care if considering self-funding the deductible

Who To Contact — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

Read the Full Issue

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

No. 600 - March 11, 2009

To: Member Schools and Participants Covered by Priority Health

From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Results of “Hold it for the Holidays” — Congratulations to the prize-winners! 

Plans Offered in the 2009/2010 Plan Year — The menu of plans is changing 

Deductibles and Out-of-Pocket Maximums — Changes to certain plans 

Office Visit Copays — Changes to Priority Health’s HMO 100 and HMO 80 plans 

Mail Order Prescription Drug Copay—Priority Health plans increase mail order copay 

Other Changes in Trustmark Coverage —A list of several other changes 

Optional Life Coverage — This is your annual chance to increase protection 

September 1 Enrollment and Rates— Watch for premium rates in May 2009 

HSA Contribution Limit Change — The limit increases effective September 1 

HSA Deductible: A Word of Caution— Use care if considering self-funding the deductible 

Who To Contact — Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

Read the Full Issue

 

 

 

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