Annual Notices - 2019

Below are some annual notices that employees should make themselves aware of.

Plan Administrator: Alfred University, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802

Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Special Enrollment Rights

If you are declining enrollment for yourself or your dependents (including your spouse) because of other health insurance or group health plan coverage, you may be able to enroll yourself and your dependents in this plan if you or your dependents lose eligibility for that other coverage (or if the employer stops contributing toward you or your dependents’ other coverage). However, you must request enrollment within 30 days after your or your dependents’ other coverage ends(or after the employer stops contributing toward the other coverage).

In addition, if you have a new dependent as a result of marriage, birth, adoption, or placement for adoption, you may be able to enroll yourself and your dependents. However, you must request enrollment within 30 days after the marriage, birth, adoption, or placement for adoption.

To request special enrollment or obtain more information contact your Plan Administrator, noted above.

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act Enrollment Notice

If you have had or are going to have a mastectomy, you may be entitled to certain benefits under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA). For individuals receiving mastectomy-related benefits, coverage will be provided in a manner determined in consultation with the attending physician and the patient, for:

  • All stages of reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy was performed
  • Surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance
  • Prostheses
  • Treatment of physical complications of the mastectomy, including lymphedema

These benefits will be provided subject to the same deductibles and coinsurance applicable to other medical and surgical benefits provided under this plan. If you would like more information on WHCRA benefits, contact your Plan Administrator, noted above.

Patient Protection Disclosure

The Plan generally allows the designation of a primary care provider. You have the right to designate any participating primary care provider who is available to accept you or your family members.

For information on how to select a primary care provider and for a list of participating primary care providers, visit the Plan on-line at www.Univerahealthcare.com and www.Optumrx.com. For more information, contact the Plan Administrator at the phone number listed on the cover page of this Employee Benefit Guide. For children, you may designate a pediatrician as the primary care provider.

You do not need prior authorization from the Plan or from any other person, including your primary care provider, in order to obtain access to obstetrical or gynecological care from a health care professional; however, you may be required to comply with certain procedures, including obtaining prior authorization for certain services, following a pre-approved treatment plan, or procedures for making referrals. For a list of participating health care professionals who specialize in obstetrics or gynecology, visit the Plan on-line at the web address or contact your Plan Administrator, noted above, for more information.

Summary of Benefit and Coverage

As required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the following items are available on the website;

  • Summary of Benefit and Coverage
  • Glossary of Terms

Printed copies of these documents are available at no charge through your plan Administrator, noted previously.