Eligible employees of UAB, UAB Hospital, and UAB Hospital Management LLC will have the option to choose or decline health care coverage during the annual open enrollment Oct. 22-Nov. 8.
In addition to a consumer-driven health plan, the traditional health plans from Viva Health and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are available for 2022. As always, you must participate in open enrollment if you want to secure or retain medical insurance through UAB.
Beginning in 2022, all UAB medical plans (both consumer-driven and traditional) will offer a total of $10,000 in coverage for in vitro fertilization beginning in 2022. A $5,000 lifetime medical benefit will be added to all four plans for the 2022 plan year in addition to the $5,000 pharmacy benefit. Additional details will be available in the UAB for Me portal and customer service by the start of Open Enrollment.
Traditional plan choices
Traditional plans are characterized by lower out-of-pocket costs — copays and deductibles — for covered services when compared to Viva Choice, UAB’s consumer-driven health care plan, and do not include a higher annual deductible that must be met before insurance begins paying.
Viva Health offers two traditional plans for employees: Viva UAB and Viva Access.
Viva UAB offers the least expensive traditional plan premium for employees. The negotiated rates are for using providers within the UAB health care network. The maximum out-of-pocket expenses for medical and pharmacy services is $5,000 for single coverage and $10,000 for family coverage.
Viva Access enables subscribers to go outside the UAB network to other participating providers as needed or desired with slightly higher co-pays for out-of-network services, including hospitalization. Out-of-pocket expenses are lower when using providers in the UAB network. The maximum out-of-pocket expenses for medical and pharmacy services is $6,600 for single coverage and $13,200 for family coverage.
Both Viva plans provide coverage for one annual eye exam and a student and sabbatical rider for out-of-network services up to $1,500 per year.
Blue Cross/ Blue Shield has an established nationwide preferred provider organization (PPO) network that offers more latitude in selecting physicians and facilities. This plan does require a higher co-payment for services compared to the other traditional plan options. The maximum out-of-pocket expenses for medical and pharmacy services is $6,600 for single coverage and $13,200 for family coverage.
More on open enrollment:Information about benefit options is being provided to better enable you to make the best choices for your household.
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