CHOOSING A HEALTH PLAN THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
The more you know about health insurance, the easier it will be to choose a plan that is right for you and your family. Understanding these common terms may help you feel more confident in your selection:
- Premium – the monthly amount you pay to purchase health plan coverage through one of the district’s health plan options. You pay the same monthly premium regardless of whether you use your coverage or not.
- Deductible – the amount you pay for covered health services before your insurance plan starts to share in the costs. If you have a $2,000 calendar-year deductible, you’ll pay 100 percent of your medical bills until the amount you’ve paid reaches $2,000.
- Coinsurance – the percentage of the cost you pay for each office visit, test, hospital visit, etc. (20%, for example) after you’ve met your deductible.
- Out-of-Pocket Maximum (OOP Maximum) – The maximum amount you pay during a calendar year for covered medical services under your health plan. After you reach the OOP Maximum, your health plan pays 100% of covered services for the rest of the year.
When comparing different plans, think about your family’s medical needs and the type of treatment you’ve received in the past. If you have a preferred doctor or hospital and want to keep using the same provider, make sure they are part of the network for the plan(s) you are considering. If you take a medication on a regular basis, check what it will cost under the health plan’s preferred drug list. St. Vrain Valley Schools offers three health plan options to benefits-eligible employees and their eligible family members: the UMR Choice Plus plan, the UMR Direct Care plan and the Kaiser Permanente DHMO plan.
UMR CHOICE PLUS PLAN — Watch a video to learn more.
The self-insured UMR Choice Plus Plan is a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan that offers a large network of contracted doctors, hospitals and other providers to choose from whenever care is needed. The plan is administered through UMR. In-network care is provided, nation-wide, through the United Health Care Choice Plus PPO network. After you meet your annual deductible, you are responsible for paying 10% of remaining eligible expenses (your coinsurance) until you reach your out-of-pocket maximum of $4,000 as an individual or $8,000 as a family. To locate in-network providers go to umr.com or contact UMR at 844-212-7134. You always have the option to receive care outside the Choice Plus PPO network, but your costs will be higher because you have a higher deductible and benefits are paid at a lower level once you meet your deductible. When you enroll in the UMR Choice Plus Plan, your pharmacy coverage is provided through CVS Caremark. You must use an in-network pharmacy to receive a benefit under the CVS Caremark pharmacy plan. Most national pharmacy chains and local pharmacies participate in the CVS Caremark Network. (Please visit the CVS website at caremark.com to view the most up-to-date listing of pharmacy providers near you.) Refer to the coverage chart below for additional coverage details.
UMR Choice Plus PPO
UMR Direct Care PPO
Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
The district contributes to a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) for each employee who enrolls in the UMR Choice Plus Plan to assist in paying a portion of your deductible. An HRA is a type of health care account, funded entirely by the district, from which you can withdraw money, tax-free, to pay for eligible medical expenses. The district-funded HRA can only be used to pay expenses that are applied towards your UMR Choice Plus Plan deductible. It cannot be used to pay for prescriptions, dental or vision claims, or coinsurance amounts other than specialty copays for Premium Designated Providers.UMR administers the HRA account and will automatically pay your provider for HRA-eligible expenses if money is available in your HRA account. Unused funds carry over, up to the maximum of your health plan deductible, and can be used in future years to pay for eligible medical expenses. The funds are only accessible while you are actively employed at St. Vrain and participating in the UMR Choice Plus plan or if you continue your participation via COBRA. For calendar year 2021, the district will contribute up to $750 into your HRA if you have “Employee Only” coverage and $1,500 if you cover yourself and your dependent(s) under the UMR Choice Plus Plan. The district does not contribute to the HRA if you participate in any of the district’s other health plan options. The money will be deposited into your HRA at the beginning of the calendar plan year and if you do not spend the money in 2021, you may carry it over to 2022 and beyond, up to the maximum allowed. (New hires qualify for a prorated HRA contribution based on their benefits eligibility date).
UMR DIRECT CARE PLAN — Watch a video to learn more.
Similar to the Choice Plus Plan, in-network care under the Direct Care Plan is provided, nation-wide, through the United Healthcare Choice Plus PPO network but the Direct Care Plan also offers unlimited, no-cost primary care access to insured employees and dependents through Nextera Healthcare. Under the Nextera Healthcare partnership, the following services are covered at no cost to you or your covered family members when obtained through a Nextera Healthcare physician (not subject to an upfront deductible, coinsurance or copayments);
- Treatment of most sprains, cuts, broken bones and other non-life threatening, urgent care needs
- Extended office visits (average visit 20-30 minutes vs. 5-7 minutes under traditional health plans)
- Physicals for work, school and sports
- Pediatric care
- Allergy testing
- EKG’s and many other labs including pregnancy tests, strep test, urinalysis, etc.
- Men’s care including initial testosterone shots, etc.
- Women’s health services including gynecological care, etc.
- Specialty consultations via RubiconMD
- Convenient onsite pharmacy offering many commonly-used prescriptions at discounted prices
- Child, adolescent and adult mental health consultations
Not all in-office services are provided at no cost through Nextera. The following services are available in-office, at reduced fees:
- Labwork and immunizations (billed to UMR or provided at reduced cost)
- Onsite pharmacy access (Nextera offices stock many commonly-used medicines in their in-house pharmacy including antibiotics, diabetic medicines, anti-depressants, cholesterol medicines, etc.) available to you and your family at cost
- Durable medical equipment including walking boots, wrist braces, finger splints and more
Nextera Healthcare Direct Primary Care network providers are located in:
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For a complete list of Nextera providers and locations, log onto the Nextera website at: nexterahealthcare.com/svvsd.In addition to being able to access the Nextera Healthcare Network, when you enroll in the Direct Care Plan, you also have access to the United Healthcare Choice Plus PPO and Premium Designated Provider network. After you meet your annual deductible, you are responsible for paying 20% of remaining eligible expenses (your coinsurance) up to your out-of-pocket maximum of $4,000 for an individual, $8,000 for a family. To locate in-network PPO providers, go to umr.com or contact UMR at 800.826.9781. You always have the option to receive care outside the Nextera Healthcare or Choice Plus PPO networks. However your costs will be higher because you have a higher deductible and, once you’ve met your deductible, benefits are paid at a lower level. When you enroll in the UMR Direct Care Plan, your pharmacy coverage is provided through CVS Caremark. You must use an in-network pharmacy to receive a benefit under the CVS Caremark pharmacy plan. Most national pharmacy chains and local pharmacies participate in the CVS Caremark Network. (Please visit the CVS website at caremark.com to view the most up-to-date listing of pharmacy providers near you.) The following programs are included in both UMR health plan options at no additional premium cost:
ALIGHT SOLUTIONS HEALTH CARE ADVOCACY AND NAVIGATION SERVICE — Watch a video to learn more.
Participants enrolled in either of the district’s UMR health plan options have free access to health care advocacy and navigation services through Alight Solutions. Alight Solutions can help ease the administrative frustrations of an increasingly complex healthcare system.
Need help finding an in-network provider who is located nearby, is highly rated, affordably priced, and accepting new patients? Alight can help! Did you know that prices for healthcare procedures can vary by 500% or more—even within the Choice Plus PPO network? Alight can help you understand the cost variation between different providers and potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Need help figuring out when it makes sense to use Zero Card, Nextera Healthcare, or a UHC Premium Designated Provider? Call your Alight personal Health Pro!
ZERO CARD — Watch a video to learn more.
Zero Card is available to participants in both UMR Plan options at no additional premium cost. Say goodbye to deductibles, copays and coinsurance when you use the Zero Card to obtain dozens of covered non-emergency surgical procedures and medical services. If you opt to use a participating Zero Card provider for the procedure, you will pay zero dollars—no copays, deductibles or coinsurance—for covered procedures including knee replacements, hysterectomies, gall bladder removals, MRI’s, colonoscopies and more.
KAISER PERMANENTE (DHMO) PLAN — Check out this presentation to learn more.
The district offers a Deductible Health Maintenance Organization (DHMO) plan through Kaiser Permanente that offers a low upfront deductible and copays when care is received through Kaiser Permanente doctors, partner hospitals and other health care facilities. (Out-of-network coverage is only available in urgent care and emergency situations where you become injured or unexpectedly ill while outside the service area.) Each time you visit a Kaiser Permanente pharmacy or other provider for care, you pay a copay or an amount based on your deductible and coinsurance responsibility. Your out-of-pocket costs for eligible expenses are capped annually at $4,000 for an individual or $8,000 for a family. Refer to the coverage chart below for additional coverage details.
Kaiser Permanente DHMO