State Health Plan Update
Oct 02, 2018

In an effort to continue to communicate and prepare for the New Group Enrollment sessions that are being scheduled for the entire month of November, a presentation was given at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.  I have attached the presentation to this email so that all employees have an opportunity to see the information that was presented.  

Please note that with the transition to the State Health Plan in 2019, the City will be ended our Wellness Incentive Plan at the end of the year.  The City will no longer be providing the $75 per wellness activity up to $225 for the employee and their spouse.  Employees should use all funds they have available in their health savings account by December 31, 2018.  Any funds not used will be forfeited.

We are finalizing the schedule for the New Group Enrollment meetings and we will be letting the departments know what days and times employees can attend the enrollment sessions.  The enrollment sessions will last about 2 hours and will consist of an hour informational session and time to enroll in the benefits employees choose for themselves and their eligible family members.  Employees will also have an opportunity to have one on one sessions with PEBA representatives to discuss any questions or concerns they may have.  

Important Information

Enrolling in coverage requires your social security number (SSN) and birthdate.  The SSN and birthdate of your spouse, if married, and any dependents is also required.

You cannot cover your spouse if your spouse is eligible, or becomes eligible, for coverage as an employee of a group participating in PEBA insurance or as a funded retiree of a participating group who has a part of the spouse’s premiums paid for the spouse.

Supporting documentation is required for any dependent you wish to add to coverage.  You must bring photocopies of the supporting documents when you enroll in coverage.  See the Enrollment documentation worksheet included in this letter for details.

Individuals enrolled in Medicare or with dependents enrolled in Medicare are required to provide a copy of their Medicare card(s).


In 2019, the City of Columbia will be offering the following to all eligible employees:

·         Health

·         Basic Long Term Disability

·         Dental

·         Supplemental Long Term Disability

·         Dental Plus

·         Money Plus

·         State Vision Plan

·         Vision Care Discount Program

·         Basic Life

·         Optional Life

·         Dependent Life





Full family

Standard Plan





Savings Plan





TRICARE Supplement








Full family









Full family

Basic Dental





With Dental Plus





*These are per paycheck premiums

Employee Health Center

In addition, I wanted to share some good news about the Employee Health Center.  Council has given the approval to continue to provide the Employee Health Center as a benefit to city employees next year.  This is an incredible benefit that City of Columbia employees will continue to have available to meet our health care needs!  This is a $1 million dollar investment in the health and wellbeing of our employees, retirees and our families!  The City of Columbia is one of only a few employers that offers a benefit of this kind and I hope employees continue to utilize this incredible benefit!  

Please email any questions or concerns that you may have.  Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.