Reduction in Force (RIF) and Health Coverage
State employees who lose their jobs as a result of a reduction in force (RIF) will continue to have coverage under the State Health Plan for up to 12 months, as long as the employee:
An employee is not eligible for RIF health coverage if the employee is provided health coverage on a non-contributory basis by a subsequent employer.
Effective September 1, 2011, State Health Plan members will be required to pay a premium for the 80/20 Standard plan subscriber only coverage.
Members, who are receiving the reduction in force (RIF) health benefit continuation coverage and who are enrolled in the 80/20 Standard plan or have covered dependents, will be billed directly by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina for their portion of the premium. Members will have the option with BCBSNC to have payments automatically drafted through the EasyPayBlueSM program.
If the RIF'd member's premium is not received within 30 days after the premium due date, claims for the member and any enrolled dependents will be placed on hold or will be denied during the period for which the premium has not been paid. If the member is enrolled in the 80/20 Standard plan and the premium is not received within 60 days, the member will be moved to the 70/30 Basic plan. If the member has dependent coverage and the premium is not received within 60 days, coverage for their dependents will be terminated as of the last day of the month through which premiums have been paid.
Employees may continue coverage for their eligible dependents during this 12-month period. Employees who elect not to continue coverage under RIF immediately following separation from employment may not obtain RIF coverage at a later date.
After 12 months, members and their eligible dependent(s) may continue health coverage on a fully contributory basis. Employees who choose to continue their coverage after the initial 12-month period will be direct-billed by BCBSNC.
Employees who do not have the required months of service to qualify for RIF benefits may continue health coverage for themselves and their qualified dependents under COBRA at full cost.
For more information on RIF and health coverage, review the Frequently Asked Questions.
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