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October 13, 2000
TO ALL FEDERAL ENROLLEES OF
FAMILY HEALTH PLAN COOPERATIVE
Family Health Plan is sending you this important notice at the request of the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Family Health Plan, enrollment code WH, will not be offered through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program after October 31, 2000 in the State of Wisconsin.
You must change plans during this special enrollment opportunity or during the regular Open Season beginning November 13, 2000. If you do not change plans now your 2000 enrollment will remain the same except your provider network will change and Compcare Health Services Insurance Corporation (CompcareBlue) will administer the contract. When you change plans, please be sure to select a plan that will be available in 2001. Your agency will not accept enrollments in plans that are not available in 2001.
Please contact your personnel office or visit the FEHB website to see plan brochures and obtain valuable information to help you choose a health plan.
If you (or a family member) have a chronic or disabling condition, or are in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, you have a right to continue seeing your specialist for up to 90 days from this notice or through the end of your post-partum care. Contact your new plan so it can help coordinate your transitional care.
IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYEE
You should contact your personnel office and enroll in a new plan before the last day of the pay period that. Coverage under your new plan may be effective retroactive to October 16, 2000. If you do not enroll by the Special Open Season date, you will not have any health benefits coverage.
IF YOU ARE AN ANNUITANT
Annuitants under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), should call the toll-free number at 1-888-767-6738 to make your enrollment change, as soon as possible. Please have your CSRS or FERS annuity claim number and your Social Security Number available when calling the toll-free number. If you do not elect a new plan for 2001 OPM will deem that you have elected to enroll in the standard option of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan. This will ensure your continued coverage and eligibility to participate in the FEHB Program. If Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the plan you want, dont wait for OPM to enroll you. You should make your selection now to avoid a delay in receiving your plan identification card. If you are an annuitant of another Federal retirement system, you must contact that system for assistance.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Office of Insurance Programs