Blue Cross And Blue Shield Federal Employee Program® (FEP®) Continues to Offer Comprehensive, Affordable Benefits for 2013
September 21, 2012
WASHINGTON – In 2013, members of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Government-wide Service Benefit Plan, also known as the Federal Employee Program or FEP®, can expect the same great comprehensive benefits they have come to rely upon as FEP holds rates virtually steady. Additionally, members can earn money to reduce their out-of-pocket healthcare expenses, get rewards for quitting smoking and take advantage of low-cost health club memberships.
“FEP has long been committed to providing members with comprehensive benefits and access to top quality medical networks at the most affordable price,” said Bill Breskin, vice president, government programs for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). “For 2013, we’ve held the line on costs and our rates are virtually unchanged. We will continue to offer discounts on great products and other services, making it easier and more cost effective for members to maintain a healthier, and happier, lifestyle.”
In 2013, the bi-weekly cost of Standard Option will increase by just $0.33 for individuals and only $1.66 for families. For Basic Option, the employee share of premiums will increase by $2.82 for individual coverage and $6.59 for family coverage.
Both Standard Option and Basic Option members can earn up to $50 on a health debit card for completing a Blue Health Assessment and three online coaching sessions through Blue Health Connection, an online suite of secure health and wellness tools that give members the ability to manage their well being. Blue Health Assessment offers a unique and personalized plan to help members achieve a specific health goal, while the coaching offered through Blue Health Connection covers a wide range of topics including weight management, stress relief, nutrition and more. Using these tools together allows members to take charge of managing their health and well being – and earn money at the same time.
Encouraging healthy lifestyles is a key priority and FEP will continue to offer the popular low-fee, health club memberships to its members in 2013. With just a $25 initiation fee, FEP members can join a health club network with access to more than 8,000 participating locations nationwide for only $25 a month.
FEP will continue to encourage members to quit smoking through the Breathe™ online coaching, as well as cost-share waivers for prescription and over-the-counter smoking cessation medications. Members with diabetes can earn an additional $75 on their health debit card by participating in the Diabetes Management Incentive Program. This special program provides critical health education to people with diabetes and assists members with controlling their blood sugar, as well as helping them manage or slow the progression of complications related to diabetes.
Standard Option and Basic Option Premiums In 2013
- Individual coverage biweekly premiums will be $85.91
- Family biweekly premium will be $200.14
- Individual coverage biweekly premiums will be $59.07
- Family biweekly premiums will be $138.22
All changes will go into effect on January 1, 2013. Federal employees, retirees and their families will make their healthcare coverage decisions during Open Season which runs from November 12 through December 10.
Additional information about 2013 benefits is available on FEP’s Web site at www.fepblue.org. Starting October 22, 2012, members can call the Open Season Information Center at 1.800.411.BLUE for additional benefit information.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Government-wide Service Benefit Plan has been part of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) since its inception in 1960. FEP covers over 5.2 million federal employees, retirees and their families out of the more than 8 million people (contract holders as well as their dependents) who receive their benefits through FEHBP. For more than 50 years, FEP has developed offerings that keep premiums affordable while providing innovative benefits to its members. BCBSA works with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to administer the Service Benefit Plan on behalf of the 38 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information about FEP, please visit www.fepblue.org.
About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
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