Retiree Benefits
2021-2022
Montana University System

MUS Annual Enrollment – April 26, 2021 - May 14, 2021

MUS Benefits Choices Spring 2021 Presentation
OnDemand Video   |   Presentation Slides

  • If you do not want to make any enrollment or benefit changes to your MUS Choices Retiree Benefit Plan, you do not need to submit a Retiree Enrollment Form and will automatically be enrolled in your current benefit elections and coverage levels.
  •  If you are making enrollment or benefit changes to your MUS Choices Retiree Benefit Plan, you must return your completed Retiree Enrollment Form with your changes to your campus Human Resources/Benefits Office no later than May 14, 2021.
  • If you choose to decline any of your MUS Choices Retiree Benefit Plan coverage(s), you must return your completed Retiree Enrollment Form declining coverage(s) to your campus Human Resources/Benefits Office no later than May 14, 2021.

MUS retirees who pay their monthly premium payments via direct bill will continue to submit their monthly premium payments directly to Businessolver.  Businessolver offers online payments (accessed from MUS Choices, scheduled automated clearing house (ACH) transactions, or physical coupons.

MUS retirees who pay their monthly premium payments via the Montana Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) or the Montana Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) will continue to have their monthly premiums automatically deducted from their pension plan.  If you need to change your premium payments from a pension plan deduction to direct bill as of July 1, 2021, please contact your campus Human Resources/Benefits office to assist you with this change.

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Campus Human Resources/Benefits Office Contacts

MSU - Bozeman
920 Technology Blvd, Ste. A,
Bozeman, MT  59717
406-994-3651

MSU - Billings
1500 University Dr.,
Billings, MT 59101
406-657-2278

MSU - Northern
300 West 11th Street,
Havre, MT 59501
406-265-3568

Great Falls College - MSU
2100 16th Ave. S.,
Great Falls, MT 59405
406-268-3701

UM - Missoula 
32 Campus Drive, LO 252,
Missoula, MT 59812
406-243-6766

Helena College - UM
1115 N. Roberts,
Helena MT 59601
406-447-6925

UM - Western 
710 S. Atlantic St.,
Dillon, MT 59725
406-683-7010

MT Tech - UM
1300 W. Park St.,
Butte, MT 59701
406-496-4380

OCHE, MUS Benefits Office 
560 N. Park Ave,
Helena, MT 59620
877-501-1722

Dawson Community College 
300 College Dr.,
Glendive, MT 59330
406-377-9430

Flathead Valley Community College 
777 Grandview Dr.,
Kalispell, MT 59901
406-756-3981

Miles Community College 
2715 Dickinson St.,
Miles City, MT 59301
406-874-6292

 

 

 

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Choices Enrollment for a Retiree

To select Choices benefit options as a Retiree, you must complete and return a Retiree Enrollment Form to your campus Human Resources/Benefits Office to make your benefit elections:

  1. within 63 days of retirement and becoming eligible for Retiree benefits. If you do not enroll within the 63-day enrollment period, you will permanently forfeit your eligibility for all Retiree insurance coverage.
  2. during annual enrollment by the stated deadline. If you do not make any benefit changes, you will be automatically enrolled in your current benefit elections and coverage levels or to the stated default coverage if your existing plan(s) is/are changing.
  3. when you have a mid-year qualifying event (marriage, birth or adoption of a child, loss or gain of eligibility for other health insurance coverage - voluntarily canceling other health insurance does not constitute loss of eligibility) and want to make an allowed mid-year change in benefit elections. This change must be made within 63 days of the event.  Documentation to support the change will be required.


MEDICARE ENROLLMENT: 
Retirees and/or their covered dependents who are or become Medicare-eligible (age 65) at retirement or after, must be enrolled in BOTH Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. If Medicare enrollment is not completed within sixty-three (63) days from the date of the employee’s retirement or retiree’s or covered dependent’s Medicare eligibility date, the individual(s) will be disenrolled from the MUS Choices Medical and Prescription Drug Plans. Enrollment in the Select Dental Plan and/or Vision Hardware Plan may be continued if the Medicare-Eligible Retiree is enrolled in those plans at retirement or on the date of Medicare eligibility even if they are disenrolled from the MUS Choices Medical and Prescription Drug Plans due to not enrolling in Medicare Part A and Part B.

No Retreat Rights:

If you decline Retiree Medical, Dental, and/or Vision Hardware plan coverage(s), you and your eligible dependents will permanently forfeit your coverage(s) and will NOT be allowed to enroll in the future.

If you are declining coverage for your eligible dependents (including your legal spouse), as those persons are defined by the Montana University System (MUS) Summary Plan Description (SPD) because they are currently covered by another health insurance plan, you may be able to enroll your eligible dependents for coverage under the MUS Plan in the future, provided you request such coverage within 63 days after their other coverage ends.

If you acquire an eligible dependent, as defined by the MUS Plan, due to marriage, birth, adoption, or placement for adoption of a child under the age of 18, you may enroll your newly acquired dependent child(ren) or legal spouse for coverage under the MUS Plan, provided that such enrollment occurs within 63 days after the marriage, birth, adoption or placement for adoption.

Reminder:  Enrollment for FY2022 is Closed Enrollment for legal spouses unless there is a qualifying event (see Summary Plan Description (SPD) for qualifying events).

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Step-by-Step Process for Completing Your Choices Retiree Enrollment Form

Step 1:  Review this workbook carefully and read the back of the Retiree Enrollment Form

  • Discuss this information with your legal spouse and/or other family members.
  • Determine your benefit needs for the coming benefit plan year if you are enrolling during annual enrollment or for the remainder of the current benefit plan year if a new Retiree.

Step 2:  Complete your Retiree Enrollment Form.

Your Retiree Enrollment Form should be included with this workbook. In the event your enrollment form is missing, or you need another copy, please contact your campus Human Resources/Benefits Office (pg 3).

Medical Coverage

For Medical coverage, you must be qualified to enroll (see back of enrollment form). If you do not make an election to continue your Medical coverage when you first retire, you will permanently forfeit your Medical coverage.

  • Choose the coverage level you want.
  • Once you have selected a coverage level, fill in the corresponding monthly premium in the space provided on the right-hand side of the enrollment form, by “Medical Premium”.
  • or check the box that declines Medical coverage entirely.

Medicare Retiree Prescription Drug Coverage

  • Medicare Retirees will be automatically enrolled in the Navitus MedicareRx Plan.
  • If you opt out of the Navitus MedicareRx Plan or get another Medicare Part D plan, you will forfeit your MUS Medical Plan benefits.

Dental Coverage

For Dental coverage, you must be qualified to enroll (see back of enrollment form). Retirees are offered enrollment in the Select Dental Plan only.  If you do not make an election to continue your Dental coverage when you first retire, you will permanently forfeit your Dental coverage.

  • Choose the coverage level you want.
  • Once you have selected a coverage level, fill in the corresponding monthly premium in the space provided on the right-hand side of the enrollment form, by “Dental Premium”,
  • or check the box that declines Dental coverage entirely.

Vision Hardware Coverage

For Vision Hardware coverage, you must be qualified to enroll (see back of enrollment form).  If you do not make an election to continue your Vision Hardware coverage when you first retire, you will permanently forfeit your Vision Hardware coverage.

  • Choose the coverage level you want.
  • Once you have selected a coverage level, fill in the corresponding monthly premium in the space provided on the right-hand side of the form, by “Vision Premium”,
  • or check the box that declines Vision Hardware coverage entirely.

Step 3:  Demographic and Dependent Coverage.

Please fill in these sections completely every time you fill out the Retiree Enrollment Form.


Total Your Costs:
  Add up the premium amounts and enter the total on the Total Monthly Premium line. 

If you have not arranged with your campus Human Resources/Benefits Office for automatic payment of your premiums through your pension plan, it is strongly recommended that you consider doing so.

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How the Choices Medical Plan Works

Plan members receive medical services from a health care provider.  If the provider is In-Network, the provider will submit a claim for the member.  The Medical Plan claim’s administrator processes the claim and sends an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) to the member and the provider, showing the member’s payment responsibilities (deductible, copayments, and/or coinsurance costs).  The Plan then pays the remaining allowed amount.  The provider will not bill the member the difference between the billed charge and the allowed amount.

If the provider is Out-of-Network, the member must verify if the provider will submit the claim or if the member must submit the claim.  The Medical Plan claim’s administrator processes the claim and sends an EOB to the member showing the member’s payment responsibilities (deductible, coinsurance, and any difference between the billed charge and the allowed amount (balance billing).

Definition of Terms

In-Network Providers – Providers who have contracted with the Plan claim’s administrator to manage and deliver care at agreed upon prices. Members may self-refer to In-Network providers and specialists. There is a cost savings for services received In-Network. You pay a $30 copayment for Primary Care Physician (PCP) visits and a $50 copayment for Specialty provider visits to In-Network providers (no deductible) and 30% coinsurance (after deductible) for most In-Network hospital/ facility services. 

Out-of-Network Providers – Providers who do not have a contract with the Plan claim’s administrator.  You pay 40% of the allowed amount (after a separate deductible) for services received Out-of-Network.  
Out-of-Network providers can also balance bill you for any difference between their billed charge and the allowed amount.

Emergency Services –  Emergency services are covered everywhere.  However, Out-of-Network providers may balance bill the difference between the allowed amount and the billed charge.

Deductible – The amount you pay each benefit plan year before the Plan begins to pay.

Copayment  - A fixed dollar amount you pay for a covered service that a member is responsible for paying.  The Medical Plan pays the remaining allowed amount.  

Coinsurance – A percentage of the allowed amount for covered charges you pay, after paying any applicable deductible.

Out-of-Pocket Maximum - The maximum amount of money you pay toward the cost of covered health care services. Out-of-Pocket expenses include deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.

Important:  Verify the network status of your providers.  This is an integral cost savings component of each of your plan choices.

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BCBS logoMedical Plan (optional)

Administered by BlueCross BlueShield of Montana  1-800-820-1674 or 406-447-8747, www.bcbsmt.com 

Choices offers a Medical Plan for Retirees and their eligible dependents.

Continuation of enrollment in the Medical Plan is a one-time opportunity for Retirees (and their eligible dependents) at retirement. Coverage is permanently forfeited if the Retiree fails to continue enrollment, cancels Medical coverage, or fails to pay premiums. Note: A legal spouse reaching age 65 is not a qualifying event for re-enrolling in Medical coverage.

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Non-Medicare Retirees (generally under age 65)
  Monthly Medical Plan Rates
Retiree/Survivor Only $981
Retiree + One $1,962
Retiree + Two or More $2,452
Retiree + Spouse (Medicare primary) $1,354
Retiree + Spouse (Medicare primary) + Child(ren) $1,845
Survivor + Child(ren) $1,471

 

Medicare enrolled Retirees (generally 65 and older)
  Monthly Medical Plan Rates
Retiree/Survivor Only $368
Retiree + One $1,354
Retiree + Two or More $1,845
Retiree + Spouse (Medicare primary) $736
Retiree + Spouse (Medicare primary) + Child(ren) $1,219
Survivor + Child(ren)

$851

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Medical Plan Costs- FY2022

  Medical Plan
In-Network

Medical Plan
Out-of-Network *

Annual Deductible
Applies to all covered services, unless otherwise noted or copayment is indicated.
$1,250/Individual
$2,500/Family
Separate $2,500/Individual
Separate $5,000/Family
Copayment (outpatient office visits)
Primary Care Physician Visit (PCP) Specialty Provider Visit

$30 copay

$50 copay

N/A

N/A

Coinsurance Percentages
(% of allowed charges member pays)
30% 40%

Annual Out-of-Pocket Maximum

(Maximum amount paid by member in a benefit plan year for covered services; includes deductibles, copays, and coinsurance)

$4,350/Individual
$8,700/Family
Separate $6,000/Individual
Separate $12,000/Family

*Services from an Out-of-Network provider have separate deductibles, % coinsurance, and Out-of-Pocket maximums.  
An Out-of-Network provider can balance bill the difference between the allowed amount and the billed charge.

Examples of Medical costs to Plan and Member - Primary Care Physician Visit

Benefit Plan Year July 1 – June 30

(In-Network)  Jack’s Plan deductible is $1,250, his coinsurance is 30%, and his Out-of-Pocket max is $4,350.

Jack has not reached his deductible yet and he visits the doctor and has lab work.  He pays $30 for the office visit and 100% of the allowed amount for covered lab charges.  For example, Jack’s doctor visit totals $1,000.  The office visit is $150 and lab work is $850.  The Plan allows $100 for the office visit and $400 for the lab work.  Jack pays $30 for the office visit and $400 for the lab work.  The Plan pays $70 for the office visit and $0 for the lab work.  The In-Network provider writes off $500.

Jack has seen the doctor several times and reaches his $1,250 In-Network deductible.  His plan pays some of the costs of his next visit.  He pays $30 for the office visit and 30% of the allowed amount for lab work and the Plan pays the remainder of the office visit + 70% of the allowed amount.  For example, Jack’s doctor visit totals $1,000.  The office visit is $150 and lab work is $850.  The Plan allows $100 for the office visit and $400 for the lab work.  Jack pays $30 for the office visit and $120 for the lab work.  The Plan pays $70 for the office visit and $280 for the lab work.  The In-Network provider writes off $500.

Jack reaches his $4,350 Out-of-Pocket maximum.  Jack has seen his doctor often and paid $4,350 total (deductible + coinsurance + copays).  The Plan pays 100% of the allowed amount for covered charges for the remainder of the benefit plan year.  For example, Jack’s doctor visit totals $1,000.  The office visit is $150 and lab work is $850.  The Plan allows $100 for the office visit and $400 for the lab work.  Jack pays $0 and the Plan pays $500.  The In-Network provider writes off $500.

(Out-of-Network)  Jack’s Plan deductible is $2,500, his coinsurance is 40%, and his Out-of-Pocket max is $6,000.

Jack has not reached his deductible yet and he visits the doctor.  He pays 100% of the provider charge.  Only allowed amounts apply to his deductible.  For example, the provider charges $1,000.  The Plan allowed amount is $500.  $500 applies to Jack’s Out-of-Network deductible.  Jack must pay the provider the full $1,000.

Jack has seen the doctor several times and reaches his $2,500 Out-of-Network deductible.  His plan pays some of the costs of his next visit.  He pays 40% of the allowed amount and any difference between the provider charge and the Plan allowed amount.  The Plan pays 60% of the allowed amount.  For example, the provider charges $1,000.  The Plan allowed amount is $500.  Jack pays 40% of the allowed amount ($200) + the difference between the provider charge and the Plan allowed amount ($500).  Jack’s total responsibility is $700.  The Plan pays 60% of the allowed amount ($300).

Jack reaches his $6,000 Out-of-Pocket maximum.  Jack has seen his doctor often and paid $6,000 total (deductible + coinsurance).  The Plan pays 100% of the allowed amount for covered charges for the remainder of the benefit plan year.  Jack pays the difference between the provider charge and the allowed amount.  For example,  the provider charges $1,000.  The Plan allowed amount is $500.  Jack pays $500 and the Plan pays $500.

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Medical Plan Services

Services In-Network Copay/Coinsurance Out-of-Network Coinsurance
Hospital Inpatient Services  Pre-Certification of non-emergency inpatient hospitalization is strongly recommended
Room & Board Charges 30% 40%
Ancillary Services 30% 40%

Surgical Services

(See Summary Plan Description for surgeries requiring prior authorization)

30% 40%
Hospital Outpatient Services
Outpatient Services 30% 40%
Outpatient Surgi-Center Services 30% 40%
Physician/Professional Provider Services (not listed elsewhere) 

Primary Care Physician (PCP) Office Visit

- Includes Telemedicine and Naturopathic visits

$30 copay/visit

for office visit only - lab, x-ray & other procedures are subject to deductible/coinsurance

40%

Note:  There is no network for Naturopaths,
so they are treated as In-Network, however,
the member may be balance billed the
difference between the allowed amount and the billed charge.

Specialty Provider Office Visit

- Includes Telemedicine visits

$50 copay/visit

for office visit only - lab, x-ray & other procedures are subject to deductible/coinsurance

40%
Inpatient/Outpatient Physician Services 30% 40%
Lab/Ancillary/Misc. Services 30% 40%
Eye Exam
(preventive or medical)
0%
one/yr
40%
one/yr
Second Surgical Opinion

0%/visit

for office visit only - lab, x-ray & other procedures are subject to deductible/coinsurance

40%
Emergency Services
Ambulance Services for Medical Emergency $200 copay/transport $200 copay/transport
Emergency Room Charges

$250 copay/visit

for room charges only - lab, x-ray
& other procedures are subject to
deductible/coinsurance (waived if immediately admitted to hospital)

$250 copay/visit

for room charges only - lab, x-ray
& other procedures are subject to
deductible/coinsurance (waived if immediately admitted to hospital)

Professional Provider Services 30% 30%
Urgent Care Services
Facility/Professional Services

$75 copay/visit

for room charges only - lab, x-ray
& other procedures are subject to
deductible/coinsurance

$75 copay/visit

for room charges only - lab, x-ray
& other procedures are subject to
deductible/coinsurance

Lab & Diagnostic Services 30% 30%
Maternity Services
Hospital Services 30% 40%
Physician Services (delivery & inpatient)   30% 
(waived if enrolled in WellBaby Program
within first trimester)
40%
Prenatal Office Visit 30% copay/visit
(waived if enrolled in WellBaby Program
within first trimester)
40%
Preventive Services

Preventive screenings/immunizations
(adult & Well-Child care)
      

Refer to listing of Preventive Services covered at 100% of the allowed amount and for age recommendations.

0%

(limited to Preventive Services Other preventive services subject to deductible and coinsurance)

40%

Mental Health/Chemical Dependency Services
Inpatient Services
(Pre-Certification is recommended)        
30% 40%
Outpatient Visit
(this is a combined max of 4 visits at $0 copay for mental health and chemical dependency services)
- Includes Telemedicine visits
First 4 visits 
$0 copay, then
$30 copay/visit
40%

Psychiatrist Visit

- Includes Telemedicine visits

$50 copay/visit 40%
Rehabilitative Services  Physical, Occupational, Speech, Cardiac, Respiratory, Pulmonary, and Massage Therapy; Acupuncture; and Chiropractic

Inpatient Services

(Pre-Certification is recommended)

30%
Max:  30 days/yr

40%

Max:  30 days/yr
Outpatient Visit
(this is a combined max of 60 visits for all outpatient rehabilitative services)
- Includes Telemedicine visits

$30 copay/visit
Max:  60 visits/yr

40%
Max:  60 visits/yr

Note:  There is no network for
Acupuncture & Massage Therapy,
so they are treated as In-Network,
however, the member may be balance billed the difference between the allowed amount and the billed charge.

Extended Care Services
Home Health Care Visit
(Prior Authorization is recommended)       
$30 copay/visit
Max:  30 visits/yr
40%
Max:  30 visits/yr
Hospice Services 30%
Max:  6 months
40%
Max:  6 months

Skilled Nursing Facility Services

(Prior Authorization is recommended)

30%
Max:  30 days/yr
40%
Max:  30 days/yr
Miscellaneous Services
Allergy Shots

$50 copay/visit
Office visit only.

If no office visit,
deductible & coinsurance waived
40%
Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetic Appliances & Orthotics
(Prior Authorization is required for amounts greater than $2,500)
30%
Max:  $200 for foot orthotics
40%
Max:  $200 for foot orthotics
PKU Supplies 
(Includes treatment & medical foods)
0% (no deductible) 40%
Dietary/Nutritional Counseling Visit
- Includes Telemedicine visits

First 8 visits $0 copay,
then $30 copay/visit

40%
Obesity Management
(Prior Authorization required)
30%
  Must be enrolled in Take
Control for non-surgical
treatment
40%

TMJ Services

(Prior Authorization required)

30%
Surgical treatment only
40%
Organ Transplants
Transplant Services
(Prior Authorization required)
30% 40%
Travel Reimbursement
Travel reimbursement for patient only
- If services are not available in local area 
(Prior Authorization required)

0%

up to $1,500/yr.
up to $5,000/transplant

0%

up to $1,500/yr.
up to $5,000/transplant

Wellness Program
Preventive Health Screenings 
Healthy Lifestyle Education & Support
See Wellness Program information
WellBaby Program

Take Control Lifestyle Mgmt. Program Diabetes, Weight Loss, High Cholesterol, Tobacco Use, High Blood Pressure

Reminder:
Deductible applies to all covered services unless otherwise indicated or a copay applies.  Out-of-Network providers can balance bill the difference between their billed charge and the allowed amount.   

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Preventive Services

1.    What Services are Preventive?

The MUS Medical Plan provides preventive care coverage that complies with the federal health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Services designated as preventive care include:

  • periodic wellness visits
  • certain designated screenings for symptom- free or disease-free individuals and
  • designated routine immunizations.  

When preventive care is provided by In-Network providers, services are reimbursed at 100% of the allowed amount, without application of deductible, coinsurance, or copay. Services from an Out-of-Network provider have a 40% coinsurance and a separate deductible and Out-of-Pocket maximum. An Out-of-Network provider can balance bill the difference between the allowed amount and the billed charge.

The PPACA has used specific resources to identify the preventive services that require coverage:  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) A and B recommendations and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations adopted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Guidelines for preventive care for infants, children, and adolescents, supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), come from two sources: Bright FuturesRecommendations for Pediatric Health Care and the Uniform Panel of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children.

2.    Important Tips

  • Accurate coding for preventive services by your health care provider is the key to accurate reimbursement by your health care plan.  All standard correct medical coding practices should be observed.
  • Also of importance is the difference between a “screening” test and a diagnostic, monitoring, or surveillance test.  A “screening” test done on an asymptomatic person is a preventive service and is considered preventive even if the test results are positive for disease, but future tests would be considered diagnostic, for monitoring the disease or the risk factors for the disease.  A test done because symptoms of disease are present is not a preventive screening and is considered diagnostic.
  • Ancillary services directly associated with a “screening” colonoscopy are also considered preventive services. Therefore, the evaluation office visit with the doctor performing the colonoscopy, the colonoscopy procedure, the ambulatory facility fee, anesthesiology (if necessary), and pathology will be reimbursed as preventive, provided they are submitted with accurate preventive coding.

Covered Preventive Services

Note:  When preventive care is provided by In-Network providers, services are reimbursed at 100% of the allowed amount, without application of deductible, coinsurance, or copay.  Services from an Out-of-Network provider have a 40% coinsurance and a separate deductible and Out-of-Pocket maximum.  An Out-of-Network provider can balance bill the difference between the allowed amount and the billed charge.

Periodic Exams   Appropriate screening tests per Bright Futures and other sources

Well-Child Care
Infant through age 17

Age 0 months through 4 yrs (up to 14 visits)

Age 5 yrs through 17 yrs (1 visit per benefit plan year)

Adult Routine Exam

Exams may include screening/counseling and/or risk factor reduction interventions for depression, obesity, tobacco use/abuse, drug and/or alcohol use/abuse

Age 18 yrs through 65+ (1 visit per benefit plan year)

 

Preventive Screenings

Anemia Screening

Pregnant Women

Bacteriuria Screening

Pregnant Women

Breast Cancer Screening (mammography)

Women age 40+ (1 per benefit plan year)

Cervical Cancer Screening (PAP)

Women age 21 - 65 (1 per benefit plan year)

Cholesterol Screening

Men age 35+ (age 20 - 35 if risk factors for coronary heart disease are present)

Women age 45+ (age 20 - 45 if risk factors for coronary heart disease are present)

Colorectal Cancer Screening
age 50 - 75

Fecal occult blood testing; 1 per benefit plan year OR

Sigmoidoscopy; every 5 yrs OR

Colonoscopy; every 10 yrs

Prostate Cancer Screening (PSA) age 50+

1 per benefit plan year (age 40+ with risk factors)

Osteoporosis Screening

Post-menopausal women age 65+, or age 60+ with risk factors (1 bone density x-ray (DXA))

Abdominal Aneurysm Screening

Men age 65 - 75 who have ever smoked

(1 screening by ultrasound per benefit plan year)

Diabetes Screening

Adults with high blood pressure

HIV Screening

Pregnant women and others at risk

RH Incompatibility Screening

Pregnant women

Routine Immunizations

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP) (Tdap)(TD), Haemophilus influenza (HIB), Hepatitis A & B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Meningococcal, Pneumococcal (pneumonia), Poliovirus, Rotavirus, Varicella (smallpox), Zoster (shingles). 

Influenza and Zoster (Shingles) vaccinations are reimbursed at 100% via the Navitus Pharmacy benefit.  For recommended immunization schedules for all ages, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html

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Prescription Drug Plan
(included in Medical Plan)Navitus

Your prescription drug coverage is managed by Navitus Health Solutions

Who is eligible?

The Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) is a benefit for all benefits eligible Montana University System Benefit Plan enrollees and their eligible dependents.  Any member enrolled in the Medical Plan will automatically receive Navitus Health Solutions prescription drug coverage.  There is no separate premium and no deductible for prescription drugs.

To determine your drug tier level and copay amount before going to the pharmacy, consult the Drug Schedule of Benefits, log into the Navitus Member Portal at www.navitus.com, or call Navitus Customer Care.

The Navitus Drug Formulary List and Pharmacy Directory can be found online at www.navitus.com. You will need to register on the Navitus Navi-Gate for Members web portal to access the MUS-specific drug formulary (preferred drug list), drug tier level, and pharmacy directory. If you have questions regarding the drug formulary list or pharmacy directory, please contact Navitus Customer Care.

How do I fill my prescriptions?

Prescription drugs may be obtained through the Plan at either a local retail pharmacy (up to a 34 or 90-day supply) or through a mail order pharmacy (90-day supply). Members who use maintenance medications can experience a significant cost-savings when filling their prescriptions for a 90-day supply.

Retail Pharmacy Network

NOTE:  CVS/Target pharmacies are not part of the Montana University System Pharmacy Plan network.  If you choose to use these pharmacies, you will be responsible for all charges.  This is not applicable to Navitus MedicareRx enrollees.

Mail Order Pharmacies

Ridgeway, Costco, and miRx Pharmacies administer the mail order pharmacy program. If you are new to the mail order program, you can register online.

LumiceraSpecialty Pharmacy

The preferred Specialty Pharmacy is Lumicera Health Services.  Lumicera helps members who are taking prescription drugs that require special handling and/or administration to treat certain chronic illnesses or complex conditions by providing services that offer convenience and support.  Ordering new prescriptions with this specialty pharmacy is simple, just call a Patient Care Specialist to get started at 1-855-847-3553.

You can also find a list of Lumicera specialty pharmacy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Medicare Part D Plan

The Medicare Retiree Prescription Drug Plan, Navitus MedicareRx, is a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan (PDP). Like all Medicare Part D plans, this Medicare prescription drug plan is approved by Medicare and run by a private company. 

  • Enrollment in another Medicare Part D drug plan is not permitted. 
  • MUS Medicare primary Retiree Plan members cannot be covered on another MUS Medicare primary Retiree Plan as a legal spouse (dual enrollment). 
  • Medicare eligible retiree members must be enrolled in BOTH Medicare Part A and B to be eligible for this drug plan and to remain on the Montana University System Medical benefit plan.

Drug Schedule of Benefits
Tier Level

Retail

(up to 34-day supply)

Retail/Mail Order

(90-day supply)

Tier $0 

(certain preventive medications (ACA, certain statins, metformin, and omeprazole)

$0 Copay

$0 Copay

Tier 1

(low cost, high-value generics and select brands that provide high clinical value)

$15 Copay

$30 Copay

Tier 2

(preferred brands and select generics that are less cost effective)

$50 Copay

$100 Copay

Tier 3

(non-preferred brands and generics that provide the least value because of high cost or low clinical value, or both)

50% Coinsurance

(Does not apply to the
Out-of-Pocket maximum)

50% Coinsurance
(Does not apply to the
Out-of-Pocket maximum)

 

Tier 4 (Specialty)

(specialty medications for certain chronic illnesses or complex diseases)

$200 copay if filled at a preferred Specialty pharmacy

50% coinsurance, if filled at a non-preferred Specialty pharmacy

(Does not apply to the Out-of-Pocket maximum)

N/A

N/A

 

Out-of-Pocket Maximum

Individual:  $2,150 per benefit plan year

Family:  $4,300 per benefit plan year

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Questions:

Navitus Customer Care

call 24 Hours a Day | 7 Days a wk

Costco

1-800-607-6861 

Monday - Friday 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST

 

Commercial (Non-Medicare Retirees)

Customer Care: 866-333-2757

Member Portal

Ridgeway

1-800-630-3214

Monday -Thursday 9 a.m. to 5  p.m. MST

 

MedicareRx (Medicare Retirees)

Customer Care: 866-270-3877

Member Portal

 

Lumicera Health Services

Customer Care: 1-855-847-3553

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

miRx

1-866-894-1496

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 6  p.m. MST

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Delta DentalDental Plan (optional)

Administered by Delta Dental:  1-866-579-5717     

Choices offers one Dental Plan option for Retirees and their eligible dependents: Select Plan.

Continuation of enrollment in the Dental Plan is a one-time opportunity for Retirees (and their eligible dependents) at retirement. Coverage is permanently forfeited if the Retiree fails to continue enrollment, cancels Dental coverage, or fails to pay premiums. Note: A legal spouse reaching age 65 is not a qualifying event for re-enrolling in Dental coverage.

 
  Select Plan – Enhanced Coverage
Monthly Dental Plan Rates

Retiree/Survivor Only                              $52
Retiree & Spouse                                      $94
Retiree/Survivor & Child(ren)                 $94
Retiree & Family                                     $156

Annual Benefit Maximum $2,000 per covered individual

Diagnostic & Preventive Services

Twice per benefit plan year:

Initial and periodic oral exam
Cleaning
Complete series of intraoral X-rays
Topical application of fluoride

Note:  The above services do not count towards the $2,000 annual benefit maximum (see below).  

Basic Restorative Services

 

Amalgam filling
Endodontic treatment
Periodontic treatment
Oral surgery
Removal of impacted teeth

Major Dental Services

 

Crown
Root canal
Complete lower and upper denture
Dental implant
Occlusal guards

Orthodontia Services

Available to all Select Plan covered members.
$1,500 lifetime benefit/individual

Select Plan Benefit Highlights:

Diagnostic & Preventive Services

The Choices Select Plan allows MUS Dental Plan members to obtain diagnostic & preventive services without those costs applying to the annual $2,000 maximum.

Orthodontic Benefits

The Choices Select Plan allows a $1,500 lifetime orthodontic benefit per covered individual.  Benefits are paid at 50% of the allowed amount for authorized services.  Treatment plans usually include an initial down payment and ongoing monthly fees.  If an initial down payment is required, Choices will pay up to 50% of the initial payment, up to 1/3 of the total treatment charge.  In addition, Delta Dental (the Dental Plan claims administrator) will establish a monthly reimbursement based on your provider’s monthly fee and your prescribed treatment plan.

Dental Fee Schedule

Dental claims are reimbursed based on a dental fee schedule.  The following subsets of the Choices Select Plan fee schedule includes the most common used procedure codes.  The fee schedule’s dollar amount is the maximum reimbursement paid by the Plan for the specified procedure code.  Covered members are responsible for the difference (if any) between the provider’s billed charge and the fee schedule’s maximum reimbursement amount.  

The CDT codes and nomenclature are copyright of the American Dental Association. The procedures described and maximum allowances indicated on this table are subject to the terms of the MUS-Delta Dental contract and Delta Dental processing policies. These allowances may be further reduced due to maximums, limitations, and exclusions.  

Please refer to the SPD for complete benefit and fee schedule information (see pg. 35 for availability).

Delta Dental Fee examples

How to select a Delta Dental network dentist that will best suit your needs and your pocketbook!  Understand the difference between a PPO and Premier network dentist.

Finding a Delta Dental Network Dentist:

The MUS Dental Plan utilizes a fee schedule so you know in advance exactly how much the Plan will pay for each covered service. It is important to understand that a dentist’s billed charges may be greater than the MUS Plan benefit fee schedule amount, resulting in balance billing.  When a dentist contracts with Delta Dental, they agree to accept Delta Dental’s allowed fee as full payment. This allowed fee may be greater than the MUS Plan benefit fee schedule amount in which case, the dentist may balance bill you up to the difference between the allowed fee and the MUS Plan benefit fee schedule amount.

While you have the freedom of choice to visit any licensed dentist under the Plan, you may want to consider visiting a Delta Dental network dentist to reduce your Out-of-Pocket costs.

Montana University System plan members will usually save when they visit a Delta Dental network dentist.  Delta Dental Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) network dentists agree to lower levels of allowed fees and therefore offer the most savings.  Delta Dental Premier network dentists also agree to a set level of allowed fees, but not as low as with a PPO network dentist.  Therefore, when visiting a Premier network dentist, MUS members usually see some savings, just not as much as with a PPO network dentist. The best way to understand the difference in fees is to view the examples below. 

Use the Find a Dentist search to help you select a network dentist that is best for you!

The following claim example for an adult cleaning demonstrates how lower Out-of-Pocket patient costs can be achieved when you visit a Delta Dental network dentist. The example compares the patient’s share of costs at each network level below:


Adult Cleaning

PPO Network
Dentist

Premier Network
Dentist

Out-of-Network

Dentist

 What the dentist bills

$87

$87

$87

Dentists allowed fee with Delta Dental

$57

$71

No fee agreement with Delta Dental

MUS Plan fee schedule amount

$83

$83

$83

What you pay

$0

$0

$4

 

The following claim example for a crown demonstrates how lower Out-of-Pocket patient costs can be achieved when you visit a Delta Dental network dentist. The example compares the patient’s share of costs at each network level below:


Crown

PPO Network
Dentist

Premier Network
Dentist

Out-of-Network

Dentist

What the dentist bills

$1,000

$1,000

$1,000

Dentists allowed fee with Delta Dental

$694

$822

No fee agreement with Delta Dental

MUS Plan fee schedule amount

$423

$423

$423

What you pay

$271

$399

$577

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Dental Fee Schedule
Procedure Code Description Fee Schedule
D0120 Periodic oral evaluation – established patient $44.00
D0140 Limited oral evaluation – problem focused $59.00
D0145 Oral evaluation for a patient under three years of age and counseling with primary caregiver $47.00
D0150 Comprehensive oral evaluation – new or established patient $65.00
D0160 Detailed and extensive oral evaluation – problem focused, by report $139.00
D0170 Re-evaluation – limited, problem focused (established patient; not post-operative visit) $52.00
D0180 Comprehensive periodontal evaluation – new or established patient $72.00
D0190 Screening of a patient $28.00
D0191 Assessment of a patient $28.00
D0210 Intraoral – complete series of radiographic images $122.00
D0220 Intraoral – periapical first radiographic image $26.00
D0230 Intraoral – periapical each additional radiographic image $20.00
D0240 Intraoral – occlusal radiographic image $25.00
D0250 Extra-oral – 2D projection radiographic image created using a stationary radiation source, and detector $58.00
D0270 Bitewing – single radiographic image $23.00
D0272 Bitewings – two radiographic images $41.00
D0273 Bitewings – three radiographic images $49.00
D0274 Bitewings – four radiographic images $54.00
D0277 Vertical bitewings – 7 to 8 radiographic images $75.00
D0310 Sialography $411.00
D0320 Temporomandibular joint arthrogram, including injection $622.00
D0321 Other temporomandibular joint radiographic images, by report $224.00
D0322 Tomographic survey $355.00
D0330 Panoramic radiographic image $97.00
D1110 Prophylaxis – adult $87.00
D1120 Prophylaxis – child (through age 13) $58.00
D1206 Topical application of fluoride varnish (Child through age 18) $31.00
D1208 Topical application of fluoride – excluding varnish (Child through age 18) $28.00
D1351 Sealant – per tooth (Child through age 15) $45.00
D1352 Preventive resin restoration in a moderate to high caries risk patient – permanent tooth (Child through age 15) $54.00
D1510 Space maintainer – fixed, unilateral – per quadrant (Child through age 13) $280.00
D1516 Space maintainer – fixed – bilateral, maxillary (Child through age 13) $388.00
D1517 Space maintainer – fixed – bilateral, mandibular (Child through age 13) $388.00
D1520 Space maintainer – removable, unilateral – per quadrant (Child through age 13) $393.00
D1526 Space maintainer – removable – bilateral, maxillary (Child through age 13) $538.00
D1527 Space maintainer – removable – bilateral, mandibular (Child through age 13) $538.00
D1551 Re-cement or re-bond bilateral space maintainer – maxillary $63.00
D1552 Re-cement or re-bond bilateral space maintainer – mandibular $63.00
D1553 Re-cement or re-bond unilateral space maintainer – per quadrant $63.00
D1556 Removal of fixed unilateral space maintainer – per quadrant $63.00
D1557 Removal of fixed bilateral space maintainer – maxillary $63.00
D1558 Removal of fixed bilateral space maintainer – mandibular $63.00
D1575 Distal shoe space maintainer - fixed, unilateral – per quadrant $239.00
D2140 Amalgam – one surface, primary or permanent $93.00
D2150 Amalgam – two surfaces, primary or permanent $118.00
D2160 Amalgam – three surfaces, primary or permanent $147.00
D2161 Amalgam – four or more surfaces, primary or permanent $176.00
D2330 Resin-based composite – one surface, anterior $109.00
D2331 Resin-based composite – two surfaces, anterior $141.00
D2332 Resin-based composite – three surfaces, anterior $170.00
D2335 Resin-based composite – four or more surfaces or involving incisal angle (anterior) $209.00
D2391 Resin-based composite – one surface, posterior $124.00
D2392 Resin-based composite – two surfaces, posterior $159.00
D2393 Resin-based composite – three surfaces, posterior $203.00
D2394 Resin-based composite – four or more surfaces, posterior $238.00
D2510 Inlay – metallic – one surface $292.00
D2520 Inlay – metallic – two surfaces $344.00
D2542 Onlay – metallic – two surfaces (12 years and older) $419.00
D2610 Inlay – porcelain/ceramic – one surface $292.00
D2620 Inlay – porcelain/ceramic – two surfaces $335.00
D2642 Onlay – porcelain/ceramic – two surfaces (12 years and older) $453.00
D2650 Inlay – resin-based composite – one surface $292.00
D2651 Inlay – resin-based composite – two surfaces $335.00
D2662 Onlay – resin-based composite – two surfaces (12 years and older) $371.00
D2740 Crown – porcelain/ceramic substrate $492.00
D2750 Crown – porcelain fused to high noble metal $463.00
D2751 Crown – porcelain fused to predominantly base metal $410.00
D2780 Crown – ¾ cast high noble metal $516.00
D2783 Crown – ¾ porcelain/ceramic $488.00
D2790 Crown – full cast high noble metal $515.00
D2930 Prefabricated stainless steel crown – primary tooth $186.00
D2931 Prefabricated stainless steel crown – permanent tooth $222.00
D2932 Prefabricated resin crown $221.00
D2933 Prefabricated stainless steel crown with resin window $222.00
D2940 Protective restoration $70.00
D2950 Core buildup, including any pins when required $151.00
D3110 Pulp cap – direct (excluding final restoration) $49.00
D3220 Therapeutic pulpotomy (excluding final restoration) – removal of pulp coronal to the dentinocemental junction and application of medicament $121.00
D3330 Endodontic therapy, molar tooth (excluding final restoration) $858.00
D3346 Retreatment of previous root canal therapy – anterior $759.00
D3347 Retreatment of previous root canal therapy – premolar $828.00
D3410 Apicoectomy – anterior $762.00
D3425 Apicoectomy – molar (first root) $765.00
D3430 Retrograde filling – per root $153.00
D4210 Gingivectomy or gingivoplasty – four or more contiguous teeth or tooth bounded spaces per quadrant $364.00
D4249 Clinical crown lengthening – hard tissue $455.00
D4260 Osseous surgery (including elevation of a full thickness flap and closure) – four or more contiguous teeth or tooth bounded spaces per quadrant $1,000.00
D4270 Pedicle soft tissue graft procedure $620.00
D4341 Periodontal scaling and root planing – four or more teeth per quadrant $170.00
D4342 Periodontal scaling and root planing – one to three teeth per quadrant $112.00
D4346 Scaling in presence of generalized moderate or severe gingival inflammation – full mouth, after oral evaluation $95.00
D4355 Full mouth debridement to enable a comprehensive oral evaluation and diagnosis on a subsequent visit $104.00
D4910 Periodontal maintenance $96.00
D5110 Complete denture – maxillary $658.00
D5120 Complete denture – mandibular $662.00
D5130 Immediate denture – maxillary $764.00
D5140 Immediate denture – mandibular $777.00
D5211 Maxillary partial denture – resin base (including retentive/clasping materials, rests, and teeth) $442.00
D5212 Mandibular partial denture – resin base (including retentive/clasping materials, rests, and teeth) $535.00
D5213 Maxillary partial denture – cast metal framework with resin denture bases (including retentive/clasping materials, rests and teeth) $703.00
D5214 Mandibular partial denture – cast metal framework with resin denture bases (including retentive/clasping materials, rests and teeth) $695.00
D5225 Maxillary partial denture – flexible base (including any clasps, rests and teeth) $488.00
D5226 Mandibular partial denture – flexible base (including any clasps, rests and teeth) $617.00
D5411 Adjust complete denture – mandibular $32.00
D5611 Repair resin partial denture base, mandibular $89.00
D5612 Repair resin partial denture base, maxillary $89.00
D5640 Replace broken teeth – per tooth $99.00
D5650 Add tooth to existing partial denture $114.00
D5660 Add clasp to existing partial denture – per tooth $160.00
D5710 Rebase complete maxillary denture $320.00
D5711 Rebase complete mandibular denture $320.00
D5720 Rebase maxillary partial denture $314.00
D5721

Rebase mandibular partial denture

           
$360.00
D5820 Interim partial denture (maxillary) $216.00
D5821 Interim partial denture (mandibular) $233.00
D5850 Tissue conditioning, maxillary $51.00
D5851 Tissue conditioning, mandibular $51.00
D5863 Overdenture – complete maxillary $930.00
D6010 Surgical placement of implant body: endosteal implant $855.00
D6210 Pontic – cast high noble metal $622.00
D6212 Pontic – cast noble metal $365.00
D6214 Pontic – titanium and titanium alloys $528.00
D6240 Pontic – porcelain fused to high noble metal $491.00
D6241 Pontic – porcelain fused to predominantly base metal $425.00
D6242 Pontic – porcelain fused to noble metal $463.00
D6740 Retainer crown – porcelain/ceramic $492.00
D6750 Retainer crown – porcelain fused to high noble metal $499.00
D6752 Retainer crown – porcelain fused to noble metal $490.00
D6790 Retainer crown – full cast high noble metal $498.00
D6791 Retainer crown – full cast predominantly base metal $402.00
D6794 Retainer crown – titanium and titanium alloys $548.00
D7111 Extraction, coronal remnants – primary tooth $68.00
D7140 Extraction, erupted tooth or exposed root (elevation and/or forceps removal) $115.00
D7210 Extraction, erupted tooth requiring removal of bone and/or sectioning of tooth, and including elevation of mucoperiosteal flap if indicated $199.00
D7220 Removal of impacted tooth – soft tissue $237.00
D7230 Removal of impacted tooth – partially bony $283.00
D7240 Removal of impacted tooth – completely bony $326.00
D7850 Surgical discectomy, with/without implant $1,500.00
D7860 Arthrotomy $1,500.00
D7971 Excision of pericoronal gingiva $120.00
D9110 Palliative (emergency) treatment of dental pain – minor procedure $70.00
D9120 Fixed partial denture sectioning $86.00
D9222 Deep sedation/general anesthesia – first 15 minutes $280.00
D9223 Deep sedation/general anesthesia – each subsequent 15 minute increment $134.00
D9239 Intravenous moderate (conscious) sedation/analgesia – first 15 minutes $252.00
D9243 Intravenous moderate (conscious) sedation/analgesia – each subsequent 15 minute increment $111.00
D9310 Consultation – diagnostic service provided by dentist or physician other than requesting dentist or physician $67.00
D9942 Repair and/or reline of occlusal guard $40.00
D9944 Occlusal guard – hard appliance, full arch $273.00
D9945 Occlusal guard – soft appliance, full arch $146.00
D9946 Occlusal guard – hard appliance, partial arch $320.00
D9950 Occlusion analysis – mounted case $187.00
D9951 Occlusal adjustment – limited $51.00
D9952 Occlusal adjustment – complete $406.00

 

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Vision Hardware Plan (optional)

Administered by BlueCross BlueShield of Montana - 1-800-820-1674 or 1-406-447-8747

Choices offers a Vision Hardware Plan for Retirees and their eligible dependents.

Continuation of enrollment in the Vision Hardware Plan is a one-time opportunity for Retirees (and their eligible dependents) at retirement. Coverage is permanently forfeited if the Retiree fails to continue enrollment, cancels Vision Hardware coverage, or fails to pay premiums. Note: A legal spouse reaching age 65 is not a qualifying event for re-enrolling in Vision Hardware coverage.

Using Your Vision Hardware Plan Benefit

Quality vision care is important to your eye wellness and overall health care.  Accessing your Vision Hardware Plan benefit is easy.  Simply select your provider, purchase your hardware, and submit your claim form to BlueCross BlueShield of Montana for processing.  The optional vision hardware coverage is a hardware benefit only.  Eye Exams, whether preventive or medical, are covered under the Medical Plan (see Eye Exam (preventive & medical) in the Schedule of Medical Plan Benefits). Please refer to the Summary Plan Description (SPD) for complete Vision Hardware Plan benefits and plan exclusions.

Monthly Vision Hardware Plan Rates

Retiree/Survivor Only                               $10.70

Retiree & Spouse                                      $20.20

Retiree/Survivor & Child(ren)                 $21.26

Retiree & Family                                       $31.18

 

 

Service/Material


Coverage

Eyeglass Frame and Lenses:

Frame:  One eyeglass frame per benefit plan year, in lieu of contact lenses

Lenses:  One pair of prescription lenses per benefit plan year, in lieu of contact lenses

Up to $300 allowance toward the purchase of one eyeglass frame and one pair of prescription lenses, including single vision, bifocal, trifocal, progressive lenses; ultraviolet treatment; tinting; scratch-resistant coating; polycarbonate; anti-reflective coating. 

The Plan member may be responsible for charges at the time of purchase.

Contact Lenses:

One purchase per benefit plan year, in lieu of eyeglass frame and prescription lenses 

Up to $200 allowance toward contact lens fitting and the purchase of conventional, disposable, or medically necessary* contact lenses.

The Plan member may be responsible for charges at the time of purchase.

*Contact lenses that are required to treat medical or abnormal visual conditions, including but not limited to eye surgery (i.e., cataract removal), visual perception in the better eye that cannot be corrected to 20/70 through the use of  eyeglasses, and certain corneal or other eye diseases.

Filing a claim: 

When a Plan member purchases vision hardware, a walk-out statement should be provided by the Provider.  This walk-out statement should be submitted to BlueCross BlueShield of Montana for reimbursement, along with a Vision Hardware Claim Form.

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MUS Wellness Program (optional)

The Montana University System (MUS) Benefit Plan offers Wellness services to covered adult Medical Plan members (employees, retirees, legal spouse, COBRA enrollees, and covered dependent children over the age of 18).

Preventive Health Screenings

WellChecks:  Each campus offers preventive health screenings for adult Medical Plan members called WellChecks. A free basic blood panel and biometric screening are provided at WellCheck, with optional additional tests available at discounted prices. Representatives from MUS Wellness are also present at most WellChecks to answer wellness related questions. Adult Medical Plan members over the age of 18 are eligible for two free WellChecks per benefit plan year (July 1 - June 30).   More information regarding WellCheck dates and times in your area.

Online Registration:  Online registration is required for all participants for WellCheck appointments.  To register go to my.itstartswithme.com.

Lab Tests:  Log on to your It Starts With Me account for a complete listing of tests available at WellCheck.

Flu Shots:  Are offered FREE in the fall, subject to national vaccine availability.  Go to  www.wellness.mus.edu/WellCheck.html for more information.

Healthy Lifestyle Education & Support

Quick Help Program:  

If you have a quick question regarding health, fitness, or nutrition related topics, send us an email at:  wellness@montana.edu.  We will do our best to provide the information you need or point you in the right direction if we do not have an answer ourselves!  The information given through the Quick Help Program does not provide medical advice, is intended for general educational purposes only, and does not always address individual circumstances.  

WellBaby Program:  

WellBaby is a pregnancy program designed to help you achieve a healthier pregnancy.  Enroll during your first trimester to take advantage of all program benefits.  For more information call 406-660-0082 or visit wellness.mus.edu/WellBaby.html.

Take Control Lifestyle Management Program:  

Take Control is a health coaching program that believes living well is within everyone’s reach.  Take Control offers comprehensive and confidential education and support for the following:  Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes, Weight Loss, Tobacco Cessation, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, and Maternal Health for WellBaby participants.

Services provided include monthly health coaching, copay waivers for diabetic supplies and many more. 

For details, visit wellness.mus.edu/TakeControl.html or contact Take Control at 1-800-746-2970 or visit www.takecontrolmt.com. 

Available to Non-Medicare retirees only

Additional Benefits That Can Be Pre-Authorized by your Health Coach:

Visit with your In-Network primary health care provider (with $0 copay), personal training, sleep study (deductible/coinsurance waived), additional counseling visits (with $0 copay).

Stay Connected:  

For education and updates visit our Blog:  www.montanamovesandmeals.com.  Like us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MUSwellness.  Visit the MUS Wellness Website at wellness.mus.edu

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Additional Benefit Plan Information

Self-Audit Award Program

Be sure to check all medical health care provider bills and Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) from the Medical Plan claims administrator to ensure that charges have not been duplicated or you have been billed for services you did not receive. When you detect billing errors that result in a claims adjustment, the MUS Plan will share the savings with you! You may receive an award of 50% of the savings, up to a maximum of $1,000.

The Self-Audit Award Program is available to all MUS Medical Plan members who identify medical billing errors which:

  • Have not already been detected by the Medical Plan claims administrator or reported by the health care provider,
  • Involve medical services which are allowable and covered by the MUS Medical Plan, and
  • Total $50 or more in errant charges.

To receive the Self-Audit Award, the member must:

  • Notify the Medical Plan claims administrator of the error before it is detected by the claims administrator or the health care provider,
  • Contact the health care provider to verify the error and work out the correct billing, and
  • Have copies of the correct billing sent to the Medical Plan claims administrator for verification, claims adjustment and calculation of the Self-Audit Award.

Summary Plan Description (SPD)

All Montana University System (MUS) Plan participants have the right to obtain a current copy of the Summary Plan Description (SPD).  Despite the use of “summary” in the title, this document contains the full legal description of the Plan’s medical, dental, vision hardware, and prescription drug benefits and should always be consulted when a specific question arises about the Plan.

Plan participants may request a hard copy of the SPD by contacting their campus Human Resources/Benefits Office or the MUS Benefits Office at 1-877-501-1722.  The SPD is also available online on the MUS Choices website.

Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)

The SBC is available on the MUS Choices website at www.choices.mus.edu/Publication_Notices.html.  This document, required by PPACA, will outline what the MUS Medical Plan covers and what the cost share is for the member and the Plan for covered health care services.

Eligibility and enrollment rules for coverage in the Montana University System Group Benefit Plan for 

participants and their eligible dependents (who are NOT active employees within MUS), are published in the MUS Summary Plan Description in these sections: 

  • Eligibility 
  • Enrollment, Changes in Enrollment, Effective Dates of Coverage
  • Leave, Layoff, Coverage Termination, Re-Enrollment, Surviving Dependent, and Retirement Options
  • Continuation of Coverage Rights under COBRA

Each employee and former employee are responsible for understanding the rights and responsibilities for 
themselves and their eligible dependents for maintaining enrollment in the Montana University System 
Group Benefit Plan.  

Retirees eligible for Medicare and paying Medicare Retiree monthly premium rates, as published in the Choices Retiree Workbook, are required to be continuously enrolled in BOTH Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.

Coordination of Benefits:  Persons covered by a health care plan through the Montana University System AND by another non-liability health care coverage plan, whether private, employer-based, governmental (including Medicare and Medicaid), are subject to coordination of benefits rules as specified in the Summary Plan Description, Coordination of Benefits section.  Rules vary from case to case by the circumstances surrounding the claim and by the active or retiree status of the member.  In no case will more than 100% of a claim’s allowed amount be paid by the sum of all payments from all applicable coordinated insurance coverages.  

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Notice

The Montana University System Group Benefit Plan has a duty to safeguard and protect the privacy of all Plan members’ personally identifiable health information that is created, maintained, sent, or received by the Plan.

The HIPAA Notice can be accessed on the MUS Choices website at www.choices.mus.edu/Publication_Notices.html.

The Montana University System Group Benefit Plan contracts with individuals or entities, known as Business Associates, who perform various functions on the Plan’s behalf such as claims processing and other

health-related services associated with the Plan, including claims administration or to provide support services, such as medical review or pharmacy benefit management services, etc.

The Montana University System’s self-insured Group Benefit Plan, in administering Plan benefits, shares and receives personally identifiable medical information concerning Plan members as required by law and for routine transactions concerning eligibility, treatment, payments, wellness programs (including WellChecks), lifestyle management programs (e.g., Take Control), healthcare operations, claims processing (including review of claims payments or denials, appeals, health care fraud and abuse detection, and compliance).  Information concerning these categories may be shared, without a Plan participant’s written consent, between authorized MUS Benefits Division employees and MUS Business Associates, the participant’s providers, or legally authorized governmental entities.

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Glossary

Allowed Amount

A set dollar allowance for procedures/services that are covered by the Plan.

Balance Billing

This amount is the difference between the provider’s billed charge and the allowed amount for services provided by an Out-of-Network provider or the billed amount for a non-covered service.

Benefit Plan Year

The period starting July 1 and ending June 30.

Certification/Pre-Certification

A determination by the Medical Plan claims administrator that a specific service - such as an inpatient hospital stay - is medically necessary. Pre-Certification is done in advance of a non-emergency admission by contacting the Medical Plan claims administrator.

Coinsurance

A percentage of the allowed amount for covered health care services that a member is responsible for paying, after paying any applicable deductible.  For example, if Jack has met his deductible for In-Network medical costs ($1,250), he pays 30% of the allowed amount up to the Out-of-Pocket Maximum and the Plan pays 70%.

Copayment

A fixed dollar amount the member pays for a covered health care service, usually at the time the member receives the service.  The Plan pays the remaining allowed amount.

Covered Charges

Charges for health care services that are determined to be medically necessary and are eligible for payment under the Plan.

Deductible

A set dollar amount that a member must pay for covered health care services before the Medical Plan pays. The deductible applies to the benefit plan year (July 1 through June 30).  For example, Jack’s deductible is $1,250.  Jack pays 100% of the allowed amount until his deductible has been met.

Diagnostic

A type of service that includes tests or exams usually performed for monitoring a disease or condition which you have signs, symptoms, or prevailing medical history for.

Emergency Services

Evaluation and treatment of an emergency medical condition (illness, injury, or serious condition).  Emergency Services are covered everywhere; however, Out-of-Network providers may balance bill the difference between the allowed amount and the billed charge.

Fee Schedule

A fee schedule is a complete listing of fees used by the Plan to reimburse providers and suppliers for providing selected health care services.  The comprehensive listing of fee maximums is used to reimburse a provider on a fee-for-service or flat-fee basis.

In-Network Provider

A provider who has a participating contract with the Plan claims administrator to provide health care services for Plan members and to accept the allowed amount as payment in full. Also called “preferred provider” or “participating provider”. Members will pay less Out-of-Pocket expenses if they see an In-Network provider.

Out-of-Network Provider

Any provider who provides services to a member but does not have a participating contract with the Plan claims administrator. Also called “non-preferred provider” or non-participating provider”.   Members will pay more Out-of-Pocket expenses if they see an Out-of-Network provider.

Out-of-Pocket Maximum

The maximum amount of money a member pays toward the cost of covered health care services.  

Out-of-Pocket expenses include deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.  For example, Jack reaches his $4,350 Out-of-Pocket Maximum. Jack has seen his doctor often and paid $4,350 total (deductible + coinsurance + copays). The Plan pays 100% of the allowed amount for covered charges for the remainder of the benefit plan year.  Balance billing amounts (the difference between Out-of-Network provider billed charges and the allowed amount) do not apply to the Out-of-Pocket Maximum.

Plan

Healthcare benefits coverage offered to members through the employer to assist with the cost of covered health care services.

Preventive Services

Routine health care, including screenings and exams, to prevent or discover illnesses, disease, or other health problems.

Prior Authorization

Routine health care, including screenings and exams, to prevent or discover illnesses, disease, or other health problems.

PPACA

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – also known as the Affordable Care  Act or ACA – is the landmark health reform legislation passed by the 111th Congress and signed  into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010.  The legislation includes a list of health-related provisions that took effect in 2010.

Primary Care Physician

A physician (M.D. – Medical Doctor or D.O. – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or physician assistant) who directly provides or coordinates a range of  health care services for or helps access health care services for a patient.

Screening

A type of preventive service that includes tests or exams to detect the presence of something, usually performed when you have no symptoms, signs, or prevailing medical history of a disease or condition.

Specialist

A physician specialist who focuses on a specific area of medicine to diagnose, manage, prevent, or treat certain types of symptoms and conditions.    

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Resources

Montana University System Benefits Office
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
Toll Free 877-501-1722 * Fax (406) 449-9170
www.choices.mus.edu

 

MEDICAL PLAN & VISION HARDWARE PLAN

BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD OF MONTANA
Customer Service 1-800-820-1674 or 406-447-8747

DELTA DENTAL
Customer Service 1-866-579-5717

 

Navitus – PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN
Commercial Plan (NON-MEDICARE RETIREES)
Customer Care 866-333-2757
Member Portal

MedicareRx Plan (MEDICARE RETIREES)
Customer Care 866-270-3877
Member Portal

 RIDGEWAY MAIL ORDER PHARMACY
Customer Service 1-800-630-3214
Fax:  406-642-6050

 COSTCO MAIL ORDER PHARMACY
Customer Service 1-800-607-6861
Fax:  1-888-545-4615

 miRx MAIL ORDER PHARMACY
Customer Service 1-866-894-1496
Fax:  (406) 869-6552

LUMICERA HEALTH SERVICES
Customer Service: 1-855-847-3553

 

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