• Over-the-Counter (OTC) At-home COVID-19 Test Reimbursement Form

    Over-the-Counter (OTC) At-home COVID-19 Test Reimbursement Form

    This form is to request reimbursement for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 tests that may be covered under your medical plan purchased on or after January 15, 2022.

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  • COVID-19 at-home test guidance

    COVID-19 at-home test guidance

    Under direction from the federal government, all private insurance companies and health plans will cover claims for FDA-authorized COVID-19 at-home, over-the-counter diagnostic tests.  This includes all HMO plans along with The Empire Plan. 

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  • At home COVID tests covered by The Empire Plan or HMO

    At home COVID tests covered by The Empire Plan or HMO

    Effective today — Jan. 15, 2022 — members who are enrolled in The Empire Plan or HMO may obtain FDA-authorized COVID-19 at-home, over-the-counter diagnostic tests. Please click Read More for the memo from Contract Administration outlining the benefit.

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  • Dependent Care Advantage Account carryover for 2022

    Dependent Care Advantage Account carryover for 2022

    We are pleased to inform members who have a Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) that PEF has negotiated an agreement with the State that will allow you to use any remaining balance in your account to pay for eligible expenses incurred in 2022. Read more for the memo from PEF Contract Administration.

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  • Health Care Spending Account carryover for 2022

    Health Care Spending Account carryover for 2022

    Good news for PEF members who haven’t spent all the funds in their Health Care Savings Account this year! $550 of that account may now be rolled over into 2022. That money must be spent in 2022, but the last day to submit claims for it will be March 31, 2023. Read More for details.

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  • PEP enrollment starts today!

    PEP enrollment starts today!

    Nov. 1 marks the start of the enrollment period for the 2022 Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP).  Nov. 26 is the final day of enrollment.

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  • New Empire Plan ID cards coming in December!

    New Empire Plan ID cards coming in December!

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act requires insurers to provide new ID cards to enrollees for use as of Jan. 1, 2022.  The new ID cards will show co-pays for all services.  We have been notified that new cards for members enrolled in The Empire Plan will be mailed out in December 2021.  The Empire Plan ID...

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  • 2021 PEP Enrollment

    2021 PEP Enrollment

    Enrollment for the 2021 Productivity Enhancement Program is now open.  PEP is pro-rated for this year from July 1, 2021, to the end of the year. October 1 is the last day you may enroll. Here is the form as a fillable PDF that you can fill...

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  • Employer contributions to Dependent Care accounts coming soon!

    Employer contributions to Dependent Care accounts coming soon!

    We have been notified by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations that the employer contribution to Dependent Care Advantage Accounts (DCAA) will be applied retroactively to January 1, 2021, in current participant accounts. The employer contribution will also be applied to future DCAA participants throughout the remainder of the 2021 plan year, based on enrollment...

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