Insurance Information for Percentage Contribution (participation prior to 7/1/2003)
At the September 13, 2018 KRS Board of Trustees meeting, the KRS Board of Trustees approved the contribution plan and the contribution rates for the non-Medicare KRS retiree health plans. The board chose the KEHP LivingWell PPO plan as the contribution plan with a maximum contribution rate of $729.34 for those retirees with 240 or more months of service. (Note-Premium calculation for percentage contribution is based on service credit for Hazardous Duty or Non-Hazardous Duty retirees or beneficiaries who began participation prior to 7/1/2003).
The information on this page will help guide you in making a sound decision on what your insurance premium will cost you in 2019.
Hazardous Duty Retiree: Yearly Requirement
Hazardous duty retirees MUST submit a Form 6256, Designation of Spouse and/or Dependent Child for Health Insurance . See FAQ's. If you fail to submit the form by 12/31/2018 YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE PREMIUM CONTRIBUTIONS for your legal spouse or eligible dependents. If you submit the form after Jan 1, you will only receive reimbursement of premiums for the 90 days prior to the receipt of the Form 6256 in Plan Year 2019.
Example: If you submit the form June 3, 2019, you will receive reimbursement for March - May 2019.
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You must be enrolled in a KEHP plan to participate for free in 2019. If you are not enrolled in a KEHP plan there will be a charge.
All plans require a LivingWell Promise for 2019, don’t forget to take your Biometric Screening or online Health Assessment by July 1, 2019. LivingWell information.
If you enrolled in a LivingWell Plan option for 2018 and you did not fulfill your LivingWell Promise, you will be responsible for the LivingWell fee of an additional $40.00 per month. This will be paid by the retiree / planholder / beneficiary if you enroll in a Kentucky Employees Health Insurance Plan (KEHP) for 2019.
If you fail to complete your promise in 2019 you will be responsible for an additional LivingWell fee for 2020 plan year. Note: You have from January 1, 2019 to July 1, 2019 to complete the LivingWell Promise. Click here for more information.
Have more questions? Call the KRS Call Center 502-696-8800 (Frankfort) or 1-800-928-4646 (Toll-Free)
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Tobacco User Fees
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is committed to fostering and promoting wellness and health in the workforce. You are eligible for the non-tobacco user premium contribution rates provided you certify that you and any other person to be covered under your plan has not regularly used tobacco within the past six months.
Regularly means tobacco has been used four or more times per week on average excluding religious or ceremonial use.
Tobacco means all tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, and any other tobacco products regardless of the frequency or method of use.
Dependent means, for the purpose of the Tobacco Use Declaration, only those dependents who are 18 years of age or older. If you have regularly used tobacco within the past six months, you are subject to the monthly fee as discussed below. For those with single coverage, the fee is $40.00 per month. For those with any dependent coverage (Parent Plus, Couple, Family), even if only one person uses tobacco, the fee is $80.00.
You should add either $40.00 or $80.00 to the premium amounts for your level of coverage.
If you currently have the cross-reference payment option, and your spouse is an active employee or participates in KTRS (Kentucky Teacher's Retirement System) you may enroll using the pre-populated cross-reference paper application you will receive in the mail;
If you are electing the cross-reference payment option for the first time or you do not have the pre-populated paper application. Please submit a paper application.
*Contact spouse's Insurance Coordinator for information on spouse's portion of premium.
**The amounts paid in the table above are in addition to the amounts in Hazardous Duty Retiree Percentage Contribution table, based on overall service and hazardous service earned by retiree. Contact spouse's Insurance Coordinator for information on spouse's portion of premium.
***If you have at least 48 months of hazardous service, the cross-reference option is selected, and the retiree has a surplus of contributions to cover the retiree's portion of the premium, the surplus will be applied to the spouse's portion of the premium.
****Add the value for the Tobacco Usage to the overall cost of your premium.
TOBACCO USER NOTICE****
Regardless of the amount of service, type of service, or plan chosen, the member will pay the fee of $40.00 for a single plan and $80.00 for a Parent Plus, Couple, or Family Plan based on the Tobacco Status in Table Four.
LIVINGWELL PROMISE NOTICE:
Regardless of the amount of service, type of service, or plan chosen, the plan holder will pay the fee of $40.00 (LivingWell Promise fee) if they failed to complete the LivingWell Promise in 2018 and they select a LivingWell Plan in 2019
Dollar Contribution Rates Plan Year 2019
Is your Participation Date After July 1, 2003?
See the Dollar Contribution Rates Below.
If you began participating on or after July 1, 2003, please read the information below. If you have additional questions call KRS at 1-800-928-4646(Toll Free) or 502-696-8800(Frankfort).
Use this guide if you are receiving benefits, were Hired July 1, 2003 or later, and began Participating with KRS between August 1, 2004 and August 31, 2008.* Or began Participating with KRS on or after September 1, 2008.**
*In order to be eligible for health insurance benefits, you must have 120 months of service upon retirement.
**In order to be eligible for health insurance benefits, you must have 180 months of service upon retirement.
For service in a non-hazardous position, you will receive a monthly dollar contribution of $13.58 for each year of service per month. The Dollar Contribution will increase by 1.5% on July 1st.
i.e. if you began participating September 1, 2003 in a non-hazardous position, and retired effective October 1, 2013, you would receive $135.80 per month towards health insurance premiums.
For service in a hazardous position, you will receive a monthly contribution of $20.37 for each year of service per month. The Dollar Contribution will increase by 1.5% on July 1st.
i.e. if you began participating September 1, 2003 in a hazardous position, and retired effective October 1, 2013 you would receive $203.70 per month towards health insurance premiums.
If you have hazardous and non-hazardous service, you will receive contribution based on the amount of full years of service for each.
i.e. if you began participating September 1, 2003 in a non-hazardous position until September 30, 2008 (5 years x $13.58 = $67.90), and then began participating October 1, 2008 in a hazardous position, and retired effective November 1, 2013 (5 years x $20.37= $101.85), you will receive $169.75 per month towards health insurance premiums ($67.90 + $101.85 = $169.75).
If you have a partial year of hazardous service and a partial year of non-hazardous service, they can be combined to equal a full year, you will receive 1 year of non-hazardous service.
i.e. if you have 9 years and 6 months of non-hazardous service and 6 months of hazardous service, your insurance contribution will be based on 10 years of non-hazardous service. You will receive $135.80 per month towards health insurance premiums.
If you are receiving a monthly retirement benefit, that qualifies you to receive a Health Insurance Percentage contribution and also receiving a monthly retirement benefit that qualifies you to receive a Health Insurance Dollar contribution, please contact the Retirement office for help calculating your cost.
How to Calculate your insurance cost if your participation date is after 7/1/2003
Service Credit-Dollar Contribution Level Amount ($20.37*) X Years of Service = Amount KRS Pays
$20.37* X 10 (let's say you have 10 years of service for this example) = $203.70
Service Credit-Dollar Contribution Level Amount ($13.58**) X Years of Service = Amount KRS Pays
$13.58** X 10 (let's say you have 10 years of service for this example) = $135.80