Annual Enrollment, your once-a-year opportunity to change your MNPS benefits for the upcoming year, is November 1-30. Watch your mailbox/e-mailbox for details.
Want a sneak preview? Below are some changes coming in 2023; you can learn more about these changes in the fall issue of For Your Benefit newsletter (or For Your Benefit newsletter for retirees). And your 2023 Annual Enrollment Quick Start Guide for employees explains the steps you need to take before the November 30 deadline.
There are several changes effective January 1, 2023.
New bone and joint benefit
If you suffer from back, knee, hip or shoulder pain, Cigna’s new Bone and Joint Health benefit can help you find relief. The program, offered through a collaboration with Ascension St. Thomas, gives you:
Personalized support to connect you with the best solution for your pain
100% coverage for surgery, if required
High quality care through a select network of providers
The benefit covers low back disk surgery, hip arthroplasty, hip replacement, knee replacement, laminectomy, spinal fusion and shoulder replacement. Learn more in this Cigna flier and see which Nashville-area providers participate. Or call 1-855-678-0042.
Note: This new benefit is similar to Vanderbilt’s MyHealth Bundles, except 100% coverage is limited to admission, surgery and
post-op care only.
Two new MyHealth Bundles
Two new MyHealth Bundles will join the bundles we already offer in partnership with Vanderbilt Health:
Maternity (prenatal, delivery and postnatal care)
Osteoarthritis of hip and knee
Total joint replacement of the hip and knee
Select spine surgeries
Surgical weight loss
Medical weight loss
Cochlear implant surgery
Kidney stone prevention & treatment NEW FOR 2023!
Substance use disorder support NEW FOR 2023!
MyHealth Bundles feature:
Zero out-of-pocket costs
A dedicated patient navigator to guide you through the process
All services performed by Vanderbilt Health providers (including surgery and pre- and postoperative care)
Learn more at MNPS.MyVanderbiltHealthBenefits.com.
$0 cost for select specialty medications
If you take specialty medication, you may be able to lower your out-of-pocket cost to $0 through a new program call SaveOnSP. Here’s how it works:
When you fill an eligible specialty medication, a representative from SaveOnSP will contact you about enrolling in the program. If you choose to participate, you’ll pay $0 for your medication. If you choose not to participate, you’ll pay a higher cost share when you fill your medication. Conditions supported by the program include (but are not limited to) hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and oncology.
For more information, see:
MNPSBenefits.org/medical (to view your pharmacy benefits)
New Patient Advisory Group forming -- seeking members
The MNPS Employee & Family Health Care Centers are forming a Patient Advisory Group. It will be composed of 15-20 employees, retirees and family members who have received care at our clinics in the last two years and wish to help:
Improve patient satisfaction and quality of care
Promote open communication between patients and staff
Provide a formal mechanism for patients to offer feedback about their experience with the MNPS Health Care Centers
The group will meet every 2-3 months to work with clinic leadership on patient needs and clinic priorities. Would you like to serve or nominate a colleague for membership? Complete a brief online form. Be sure the nominee has used clinic services in the past two years and has time to contribute to the group (e.g., attending meetings).
Free behavioral health apps
Cigna has added a popular app — Talkspace — to its menu of behavioral health apps:
Talkspace connects you with a therapist via text, voice or video. Once registered, you’ll be matched with a therapist. You’ll have unlimited messaging and up to three sessions with your therapist at no cost to you. After that, a copay may apply.
Happify is a tool that teaches you how to resist negative thoughts, cope with stress, overcome insecurities and gain self-confidence. You’ll find science-based activities, games and meditations designed to improve mindfulness.
iPrevail helps you overcome anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, panic and more with ondemand
coaching. You can engage with peer coaches — trained specialists who have faced their own behavioral health challenges — or work through lessons on your own.
Click on the name above for more detail on each app.
There are no changes to the dental plan for 2023, getting a preventive dental exam will earn you a MotivateMe $50 gift card. Learn more about MotivateMe.
Flexible spending accounts
If you participated in one or both of the FSAs in 2022 and would like to keep participating in 2023, you must re-enroll. Visit MNPSBenefits.org/fsas.
Are you paying too much for health care or dependent care? See how much money you can save by enrolling in the FSAs.