In a statement released in June, the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board established the monthly premium rates and benefits for the 2016 plan-year. The board decided that rates and basic benefits will not change for the 2016 plan year. In addition, the wellness discount offered to active employees who complete the requirements will again be $75 per month for 2016. Open Enrollment for State Employee is September 1-15 while public school employees will have their enrollment period October 1-15. Rates and benefit information can be found at www.arbenefits.org.
Workforce Retention Task Force to Survey Employees
Since the July 14 meeting, task force members have been working with OPM to draft a state employee survey to be emailed to state employees at DHS, ADH, Parks and Tourism and DFA. It was agreed by all task force members that ASEA should send out the survey and OPM will tabulate the data for the final report.
After the survey has been disseminated, the next step will be to study state compensation plans. The next task force meeting is Sept. 1 at 9 am in room 272 of the Capitol. All are invited to attend.