College Insurance Program (CIP) Benefit Plans

Contact MyBenefits Service Center (toll-free) 844-251-1777 or 844-251-1778 (TDD/TTY)
with questions on how to enroll, or about navigating MyBenefits.illinois.gov.
Representatives are available Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 6 PM CT.

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December – Stress Free Holidays

Surviving the Holidays – Holiday Webinar is December 2

The holidays bring lots of joy, festivities and family, and shopping, and overdue bills and they are all rapidly approaching, are you ready?  No?  Well, take a deep breath. We know just how stressful the holidays can be because we've all been there, and sometimes, we could all just use a little help. That's why CMS is partnering with Magellan to bring you a "Surviving the Holidays" webinar presented by a certified counselor on December 2, 2019, from 12-1 PM CT. 

This webinar will be chock full of tips and practices to cope through grief or divorce, helping to set up a budget and learning the fine art of 'thrift-giving,' overcoming anxiety, overindulgences and other stressors often associated with the holidays. It is also free to all State of Illinois employees. 
Mark your calendars and join us on Dec. 2 at noon, right here:

Web portion: http://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/rj1tyavlqrou/
to log in as Guest, simply enter name and click on "Enter Room" button. If you experience difficulty entering the webinar room you may need to update your computer's Adobe Flash plug-in in order to log in to the webinar.  Use this link to test your connection: http://na3cps.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Audio conference: There are two options for listening to the webinar:

  • Via computer, please unmute your computer speakers to access the audio
    • You will be able to communicate with the presenter via the Chat feature.
  • Via phone: 719-234-7800, access code 993237

     If you are not able to attend the live webinar time, we will post a recorded copy here when available.

 


Affordable Care Act tax Forms 1095-B and 1095-C - Per IRS guidance, Forms 1095-B and 1095-C are for record keeping purposes only and are not required to be filed with a participant’s 2018 tax return. The forms are currently being mailed through MyBenefits and should be received by March 4, 2019 per IRS requirements.  Please note: You do not need this form to file your taxes. The forms are proof of the 2018 offer and enrollment in health insurance coverage. The information on these forms indicates that the participant and any spouse or dependent were offered coverage and the respective enrollments, if any, for each month during 2018.  1095 FAQs
     
On August 22, 2018, SB 3046 was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner, amending legislation to allow former CIP members and dependents who previously opted-out of their health benefits plan, to be allowed to opt-back-in during an open enrollment period or other qualifying enrollment opportunity.  This law is effective immediately.  (08/23/2018)
  • For Medicare-eligible members, your next Open Enrollment opportunity is October 15 - November 15, 2018.
  • For non-MAPD members, your next Open Enrollment opportunity will be during the month of May 2019.
  • Please refer to the College Insurance Program (CIP) Handbook for qualifying enrollment opportunities.

Benefit recipients who enroll in the College Insurance Program (CIP) receive health, prescription, vision, dental and behavioral health benefits for one monthly premium. Dependent beneficiaries can be enrolled in the program at an additional cost and will have the same health plan as the benefit recipient.

The various benefits offered to CIP participants are administered by plan administrators. Benefit recipients interested in changing their coverage elections may do so upon experiencing an eligible qualifying change in status and should contact the group insurance representative (GIR) at the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) for more information.

Benefit Program Books

All available benefit plans and programs are explained in detail in the Member Handbook and Benefit Choice Options Booklet. Also included are amendments that update the handbook and a summary document indicating the benefit levels of the College Choice Health Plan (CCHP).

Contact Information

Whenever questions arise, plan participants have various resources they can use.  On the Contact Information page, members may view the phone number for the Group Insurance Division and links to the State Universities Retirement System's (SURS) insurance page and all of the CIP plan administrator websites.

FAQs

Members may find answers to general CIP questions on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Medicare

Information regarding what Medicare is and how it affects your group insurance coverage.  If you are enrolled in CIP and become eligible for Medicare, you must enroll in both Medicare Part A and Part B to avoid a reduction in the amount of benefits CIP will pay.

Notices



Last Updated 12/02/2019