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Open enrollment meetings planned statewide

ITD employees will have an opportunity in May to attend meetings that will help them make decisions about their choice of plans offered through Blue Cross. The Office of Group Insurance will conduct a series of open enrollment meetings throughout the state, beginning April 19 and concluding on May 4.

Transportation department employees who have specific questions or want to find out more about how the transition to the new plans offered under Blue Cross will affect them and their families are urged to attend one of the sessions.

Employees should attend the session that is most conveniently located to their workplace, said Linda Salinas of ITD Human Resources.

Individuals who want to make changes in their existing health insurance plan, provided by Regence BlueShield, will need to contact the Human Resources Office or their district's business office for a printed application. The online form recently was removed from the Internet because it belongs to Regence. Employees, hired after March 4, will not be eligible for coverage until July – after the new provider begins managing the state's plan.

“This is a big change," Salinas said of the transition to a new provider. "Management understands how important insurance is to employees, and they are in full support of attending the meetings,” she said.

Meetings vary from 90 minutes to two hours.

Staff from the Office of Group Insurance will be available to explain the plan design and respond to specific questions before the open enrollment period begins (it runs from May 1 through May 28). For the Department of Administration newsletter on benefits, click here.

Following is the meeting schedule:

  • April 19: Boise-Capitol Mall, West Conference Room, Joe R. Williams Building, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

  • April 19: Boise, Department of Environmental Quality, 1410 N. Hilton, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

  • April 20: Nampa, Health & Welfare, 823 Park Center Blvd., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • April 20: Caldwell, Health & Welfare, 3402 Franklin, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • April 21: Twin Falls, Health & Welfare, 601 Poleline Road, 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m.; Jerome, Idaho State Police Office, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

  • April 22: Pocatello, Student Union/Movie Theater, Idaho State University, 10 a.m.-noon and 2 p.m.-4 p.m.,

  • April 23: Blackfoot-SHS, 8:30 a.m. -10:30 p.m.; Idaho Falls-Eastern Idaho Technical College, noon-2 p.m.

  • April 26: Meridian, Division of Building Safety, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Boise, Department of Agriculture, 2720 Old Penitentiary Road, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

  • April 27: Boise, Transportation Department, 3311 W. State St., 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; ISIC Med. Sec. Prison, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

  • April 29: Lewiston, Transportation Department, 2600 Frontage Road, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.; Lewiston, Health & Welfare, 1118 F St., 3rd Floor Conference Room, 10 a.m.-noon; Orofino – State Hospital North, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • April 30: Coeur d’Alene, Transportation Department, 600 W. Prairie, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; Department of Environmental Quality, 2110 Ironwood Parkway, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • May 4: Boise–Boise State University, 9:30 a.m.-11 a .m. (Student Union Building – Jordan A & B)

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