Preliminary Agreement Reached With Anthem & UnitedHealth To Administer State Health Plan

The state of Connecticut has selected Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield and UnitedHealth Group to administer the state’s self-insured medical benefits plan for state employees, retirees and their dependents.

The preliminary agreements are subject to final negotiations, and the term of the contracts will be up to five years.

In anticipation of the Healthcare Cost Containment Committee’s RFP process to select which health care company(s) will provide medical benefits to state retirees and their dependents going forward, the CSEA SEIU Local 2001 retiree council surveyed retired state employees about the health plan and wrote a letter to state comptroller Kevin Lembo informing him of the results. CSEA is advocating for the state to retain Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

The preliminary agreements with Anthem and UnitedHealth to manage the state’s medical plan follow newly renegotiated agreements, some of which are ongoing, for the state’s pharmacy, dental and defined contribution plans on behalf of employees, retirees and dependents.

The state’s existing contracts for the medical plan — that expire June 30 — are also with Anthem and UnitedHealth. The structure of the benefits and plan designs offered by both are the same; the only substantive difference between the benefit options are network size and pricing offered by each carrier.

In addition to providing benefits to state employees, retirees and dependents, the state’s medical plan also covers employees in the probate court system, General Assembly members, former legislators, and other groups, as authorized by statute.

The state also offers medical benefits to local municipalities under the Connecticut Partnership Plan, which CSEA helped pass into law and is currently working to expand/improve. Those municipalities currently include the City of New London and New London Board of Education, Town of Griswold and Griswold Board of Education, Town of Sprague, Town of Voluntown, Uncas Health District, Town of Union, Town of Bozrah, Valley Council of Governments and Waterbury Housing Authority.

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