Dental, vision plans auto-reimbursed in 2021

Retirees won’t need to submit premium receipts for their coverage

By Michael Pramik, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

Oct. 29, 2020 – OPERS would like to remind Medicare retirees of an enhancement to our health care coverage for 2021.

Next year, premiums for the OPERS vision and dental plans will be automatically reimbursed monthly from your Health Reimbursement Arrangement account with no additional forms for you to complete or receipts to provide. This is a convenience that retirees have requested, and we’re happy to offer it for the first time next year.

If you don’t wish to have these premiums automatically reimbursed monthly from your HRA account, you can opt out by using the form within your open enrollment packet or by calling OPERS.

Because you no longer need a premium receipt to be reimbursed for OPERS dental or vision premiums, we will not send a “Get Ready” letter and a copy of your premium receipt in December as we’ve done for the last several years.

If you need a premium receipt to be reimbursed for OPERS group pre-Medicare premiums for a dependent, you can obtain this receipt through your online account.

 

Michael Pramik

Michael Pramik is communication strategist for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and editor of the PERSpective blog. As an experienced business journalist, he clarifies complex pension policies and helps members make smart choices to secure their retirement.

Michael Pramik

Communication Strategist

19 thoughts on “Dental, vision plans auto-reimbursed in 2021

  • October 29, 2020 at 11:19 am
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    Yeah!!!

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  • October 29, 2020 at 11:22 am
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    Is our Medicare deductable reimbursed?

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    • October 30, 2020 at 10:23 am
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      If you have questions about reimbursement from the Heath Reimbursement Account please contact Via Benefits at 844-287-9945 or got to the website at https://my.viabenefits.com/opers. THanks MS

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  • October 29, 2020 at 1:57 pm
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    Hurray! Thank you so much!

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  • October 29, 2020 at 3:41 pm
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    I called to con firm this & The representative from ViaBenefits told me you need to submit the letter & the on going reimbursement form request for 2021 & that it after 2021 that the auto reimbursement will start.

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    • October 30, 2020 at 3:48 pm
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      Starting in 2021 OPERS vision and dental plans will be automatically reimbursed monthly from your Health Reimbursement Arrangement account with no additional forms for you to complete. If you have questions please contact OPERS at 800-222-7377. Thank you MS

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  • October 29, 2020 at 4:41 pm
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    We opted out since we decided to just eat the cost of dental/vision.

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  • October 29, 2020 at 8:39 pm
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    Will those of us on social security still have to submit a reoccurring reimbursement form for our Medicare deduction from our monthly SS checks? Thank you.

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    • October 30, 2020 at 3:33 pm
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      Thank you for contacting us we can only provide general information as it not secured connection. Please forward your inquiry through our online message center, there we will be able to review your account specific information and respond to your question. If you do not already have an online account, you may register from the upper right-hand corner of OPERS website. Once you have logged in, click on my account tab, select message center from the drop-down menu, then click add new at the bottom of the page to submit your question or you can contact OPERS at 1-800-222-7377. Thank you MS

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  • October 29, 2020 at 9:15 pm
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    Have to log in as a guest? Home page login not carried over? But it’s good to see this automatic reimbursement setup. And the request process is improved with the in house operation too I think.

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    • October 30, 2020 at 3:50 pm
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      Please contact OPERS at 1-800-222-7377 so one of our Member Services Representatives can further assist you. Thank you MS

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  • October 30, 2020 at 6:36 am
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    Does this include premiums deducted from my pension check for my children?

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    • October 30, 2020 at 3:29 pm
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      Thank you for contacting us we can only provide general information as it not secured connection. Please forward your inquiry through our online message center, there we will be able to review your account specific information and respond to your question. If you do not already have an online account, you may register from the upper right-hand corner of OPERS website. Once you have logged in, click on my account tab, select message center from the drop-down menu, then click add new at the bottom of the page to submit your question or you can contact OPERS at 1-800-222-7377. Thank you MS

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  • November 24, 2020 at 9:52 am
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    nice article, very helpful and a great idea

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  • December 5, 2020 at 4:57 pm
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    where do I email my application for Met Life Dental insurance for 2021?

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    • December 7, 2020 at 12:52 pm
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      Gerald,

      Please fax that application to: 614-857-1171. If you want to email it, it would have to be encrypted, and you’d have to call us at 800-222-7377 to arrange that.

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  • December 10, 2020 at 4:48 pm
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    Trying to add Vision to
    Coverage,GOLD.

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    • December 14, 2020 at 2:31 pm
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      To enroll after delaying enrollment, you must submit a Health Care Coverage application during an enrollment period: the annual open enrollment period or within 60 days of the involuntary cancellation of your health care coverage by another health care plan. You will need to include proof of credible coverage from your employer or plan administrator with your application, as it confirms the involuntary cancellation.

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