As a part of our most recent contract negotiations, Harvard and HUCTW agreed to offer a two-month health care premium rebate for any Union member who switches into the Harvard University Group Health Plan (HUGHP) option during Open Enrollment from October 25-November 8, 2017. This message is intended to provide you with more information about that program, and to encourage you to attend an information session if you would like to learn more about HUGHP (details below).
If you are already enrolled in HUGHP, you will not be eligible for the premium rebate, and you can disregard this message – you are already enjoying the advantages HUGHP offers in lower premiums and high-quality care! If you are choosing a Harvard health plan for the first time (vs switching from Harvard Pilgrim to HUGHP), you will be eligible for a one-month premium rebate if you choose HUGHP.
HUCTW and the University have agreed to offer these rebates because HUGHP provides affordable, high-quality care at a lower cost than the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care plans – less expensive both for employees and for Harvard. However, it is important to note that HUGHP might not be a workable choice for some members. If you have existing relationships with providers under Harvard Pilgrim that would not be covered in HUGHP’s narrower network, or if HUGHP network providers are not located conveniently for your family, those considerations could be reasons to stay with Harvard Pilgrim. New program offerings for 2018 do not include any disadvantage or penalty for Union members who continue to be enrolled in Harvard Pilgrim plans or choose Harvard Pilgrim plans.
Information sessions, jointly sponsored by HUCTW and HUGHP, will take place on the following dates:
HUGHP INFO SESSIONS
- Date and Time: Oct 26, 12:00-1:00
Location: Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC), 260 Longwood Ave, Room 333, Boston
- Date and Time: Oct 31, 1:00-2:00
Location: 114 Mt. Auburn St., Room 406, Cambridge
- Date and Time: Nov 2, 12:00-1:00
Location: 1730 Cambridge St., CGIS South S-030, Public Gathering Room, Concourse level (one floor down from entrance level), Cambridge
There will be a raffle for a FitBit Flex2 at the end of each session!
How much will a two-month premium rebate be worth to me?
As an example, the employee premium contribution on HUGHP HMO coverage for a member earning between $55,000 and $75,000 in full-time annual pay is $98 per month for an individual and $265 per month for a family plan. (Premium contributions differ based on annual pay levels and on HMO or POS plan choices.) In the above example, the two-month rebate would be delivered as a gross lump-sum amount of $196 for an individual enrollee or $530 for a family plan. We expect rebates to be delivered in a regular February paycheck. Rebates will be treated as compensation and subject to tax withholding.
If you are unable to attend any of the information sessions, you may always contact Member Services with questions. Representatives are available to assist you Monday-Friday from 8:30AM to 5:30PM by phone, email, and in-person.
Learn more about HUGHP & making the switch: