College Insurance Program (CIP) Benefit Plans

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Tackling Life's Challenges with Resilience and Grit

Ever wonder what gives some people the ability to recover from hardship and reach their long-term goals, while others struggle? The answer might be resilience and grit.

Join us for this one-hour webinar, brought to you by Magellan Healthcare. You will learn the meaning of resilience and grit, characteristic of people with these traits, benefits to building these skills, and ways you can improve your resilience and grit.

January 23, 2020 from 12-1 p.m.



Phone 1-719-234-7800

Participant Code: 993237

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Posted January 3, 2020

As we enter the new year and new decade, add another item to your 2020 Wellness goal-setting. 

Take better care of your eyes. Did you know that regular eye exams can detect early signs of certain chronic health conditions?
Ensure your vision and health is 20/20 in 2020 and beyond.  Live your Best Life and schedule your eye exam today.   

Read more about The Power of an Eye Exam for your overall Wellness.



Posted January 3, 2020


Recorded Webinar

Emotional Muscle Part Two: How to Grow Resilient School-Age Kids and Become Stronger Parents │

  • Define emotional muscle and how it pertains to resilience
  • Describe why it's essential for kids and teens to build their emotional muscle
  • Learn ways to help kids and teens develop emotional muscle and bounce back from difficulties

Here is a link to the recording Previously aired Wednesday, January 8, 2020:

Part One was previously offered in August.  You may watch it on the link below:

Emotional Muscle: Part One: How to Grow Resilient Children and Become Stronger Parents

∙ Learn about child development through the concept of emotional muscle

∙ Learn how parents and children can grow together through different life stages to become stronger and more resilient

∙ Learn how to bounce back when bad things happen

Here is a link to the recording Previously aired Wednesday, August 14, 2019:

Amended: January 17, 2020

Oh the weather outside is frightful, and the holiday season is so delightful, but with all those holiday festivities of sharing, hugs and Aunt Betty's kisses might have the flu bug celebrating the most this holiday season. 

The flu virus is contagious and preventable.  Be sure you're protected this holiday and winter season by getting vaccinated. If you think you don't need a vaccination, think again. It is anticipated that this flu season will be long and quite active. According to the CDC, cases of the flu start to rise in October, peak between December and February, and usually taper off around May.   Here are a few myths and facts about flu vaccinations from our friends at Health Alliance:

CMS cares about your health and wellbeing.  Take care of your body.  It's the only place you have to live. 

Posted: December 17, 2019

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. 

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. Click this URL for Viewing:  for the webinar.

  • Stress Management - Katherine Evans    United Health Care 

  • Silver Sneakers - Katherine Evans - United HealthCare  

  • Managing your Stress for Health and Wellness  - Nicole - Magellan 

  • Nutrition and Fitness - Eddy Rosales – Blue Cross Blue Shield 

  • Maintaining Your Health Through the Holidays - Kena Hahn - Health Alliance 

  • Holiday Blues - Julie Augustine - Health Link


 Posted: December 4, 2019

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.


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


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.


Last Updated 01/03/2020