FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2016Treasurer Cowell Announces State Health Plan Open Enrollment Extended to Aid Hurricane Victims
RALEIGH – State Treasurer Janet Cowell announced today that the State Health Plan’s Open Enrollment period for members will be extended to give employees affected by Hurricane Matthew the opportunity to select 2017 health care benefits for themselves and their families.
The Plan’s Open Enrollment period was scheduled to end October 31, 2016. In light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, the Plan is extending Open Enrollment until November 5 to give those impacted or displaced an opportunity to make enrollment choices for 2017.
“Several North Carolina counties are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which caused historic flooding to our eastern North Carolina communities,” Treasurer Cowell said. “The safety of our teachers, state workers and all North Carolinians is our first concern, and we will do everything possible to assist them during this difficult time.”
This extension is intended specifically to assist those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The State Health Plan asks that all other Plan members complete their enrollment by October 31 to allow the phone lines to be available for those who truly need it.
The Eligibility and Enrollment Support Center (855-859-0966) offers assistance via telephone to Plan members during Open Enrollment. The Support Center will be open November 1-4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Additional enrollment resources are available on the Plan’s website
The State Health Plan provides health care coverage to more than 700,000 teachers, state employees, retirees, current and former lawmakers, state university and community college personnel, and their dependents. Learn more at www.shpnc.org.