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February 3, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State Health Plan Board of Trustees Meeting Update
 
RALEIGH, NC--The State Health Plan’s Board of Trustees will be voting on calendar year 2017 benefits on February 5, 2016. The potential benefit changes for 2017 were discussed at the Board’s January 26 meeting and include the three plans currently offered to active state employees and teachers: Traditional 70/30, Enhanced 80/20, and the Consumer-Directed Health Plan (CDHP).
 
Any further benefit changes beyond 2017, including the discussion regarding phasing out of the 80/20 Plan, will be delayed until a later date. The removal of spousal coverage was presented to the Board as a potential savings strategy. The Board does not have the authority to change eligibility and will not be voting to request or recommend legislation to remove spousal coverage.
                                                                                                                             
In the 2015 Budget, the General Assembly required the State Health Plan to take steps to reduce the projected increase to the state contribution for the 2017-19 fiscal biennium while maintaining significant cash reserves. With this legislative directive in mind, the State Health Plan must continue to work through various scenarios beyond 2017 to increase member engagement in order to reduce costs over time while providing meaningful benefits in accordance with the Board’s strategic plan.
 
The State Health Plan looks forward to working with the General Assembly on a solution that will maintain the financial stability of the State Health Plan while providing meaningful benefits to teachers and state employees.
 
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The self-insured State Health Plan provides health care coverage to more than 685,000 teachers, state employees, retirees, current and former lawmakers, state university and community college personnel, and their dependents. The Plan is a division of the Department of State Treasurer. http://www.shpnc.org