September 24, 2012

Health Benefits Contracts Extended

THE ILLINOIS Department of Central Management Services (CMS) announced that the emergency contracts currently in place with Health Alliance HMO, Health Alliance Illinois, and Coventry HMO have been extended.

CMS CURRENTLY is conducting a competitive bid procurement process for managed care plans. The emergency contracts, which would have concluded this month, are extended until this supplemental managed care procurement is completed, not to exceed Sunday, June 30, 2013.

HEALTH INSURANCE rates remain unchanged at this time. If any health plan carrier changes occur, there may be a Special Enrollment Period held to allow employees the opportunity to modify their coverage elections, if desired. More information will be provided if any such changes occur.

EMPLOYEES ARE encouraged to check the NESSIE website at on a regular basis to ensure they have the most up-to-date information. Follow-up email notices will be sent to employees as information becomes available from CMS.

IF YOU have any questions about your benefit plans, contact your campus Benefits Services office at (312) 996-6471 or send an e-mail to

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