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August 1, 2023

Special August open enrollment for long-term care insurance

Submitted by HR Benefits

The State Employee Health Plan is hosting a special open enrollment window for long-term care insurance coverage. The enrollment window to enroll with limited health questions is from Aug. 1-25. Please note that employees cannot enroll in this benefit during the normal open enrollment period for health insurance in October.

What is long-term care? It's a term used to describe services people need when they're unable to care for themselves and require extensive medical assistance, including home health care, nursing home care or skilled facility care. Long-term care is different from medical care in that it provides assistance with basic tasks, sometimes referred to as activities of daily living, such as acts of personal hygiene, dressing, transferring to or from bed/chair, and eating.

Some of the features include:

  • A one-time opportunity for reduced health underwriting and no medical exam to prove good health between Aug. 1-25. Actively-at-work employees 18-64 and actively-at-work spouses 18-49 are eligible. Additional underwriting will apply to all others 18-69.
  • Affordable, comprehensive, individually owned plans that remain in effect even if you leave employment with the State of Kansas.
  • Unisex rates: Women typically pay more for long-term care plans, but not with the State of Kansas plan. The rates are not gender based.

There will be several educational sessions on this benefit held virtually throughout the month of August. To learn more about the benefit and register for an educational session, please visit the ACSIA website. You also may learn more about long-term care coverage by speaking with an ACSIA long-term care consultant. By contacting ACSIA long-term care consultants, you will have access to a valuable resource team who can answer your questions, provide quotes for long-term care coverage or process your enrollment. A consultant can be reached by calling 877-720-2165 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time Monday to Friday.