The Benefit choices you make during your initial enrollment or annual open enrollment remain in effect for the entire year.
You can, however, modify your elections under certain circumstances, called "Qualifying Events". These are events such as marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, loss of eligibility under another plan. If you experience a qualifying event, you may make changes to your benefits within 30 days of the event.
All employees must complete an election form even if they are waiving coverage.
There are two medical plan options to choose from.
Option 1: This option is a MEC (Minimum Essential Coverage) plan that covers preventative care only.
Option 2: This is a PPO plan through United HealthCare.
You can access your plan information through Assured Benefits Administrators (ABA).
Access your information 24/7 with the Assured Benefits Member Portal
Developed with convenience in mind, our single source member portal provides quick and easy access to view claims, deductibles and maximums, access ID cards, download important documents, update member information and more.
To create a user account, please complete the following steps:
The member portal may also be accessed via the MyABA mobile application, which is available for download on the Google Play™ Store or the Apple® App Store.
If you have any questions or need assistance, our customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. by calling 1.800.247.7114.
How to Find a Provider
MEC Plan - The MEC plan uses the IMS network. See the MEC Find a Provider link below.
PPO Plan – The UHC PPO plan uses the Choice Plus network. See the PPO Find a Provider link below.
You can view the Recorded Medical Presentation below.
Generic Drugs | Lowest copay: Members pay the lowest copay for generics, making these drugs the most cost-effective option for treatment.
Preferred Brand Drugs | Higher copay: This category includes preferred, brand name drugs that don't yet have a generic equivalent. These drugs are more expensive than generics, and a higher copay.
Non-preferred Brand Drugs | Highest copay: In this category are nonpreferred brand name drugs for which there is either a generic alternative or a more cost-effective preferred brand. These drugs have the highest copay. Make sure to check for mail order discounts that may be available.
Specialty drugs are high-cost prescription medications used to treat complex, chronic conditions like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
Specialty drugs sometimes require special handling and administration (typically injection or infusion), and patients using a specialty drug may need careful oversight from a health care provider who can watch for side effects and ensure that the medication is working as intended.
Helpful Rx Cost Savings Tools & Tips:
MAIL ORDER - Many drugs are available in a 90-day supply, rather than the 30-day retail supply. Typically, you will pay less if you choose to get a mail order 90-day supply.
GOOD Rx - There are many tools online that you can use in order to save on prescription costs. One being GoodRx.com, an online Rx database that allows you to find what pharmacy is the cheapest for your specific prescription. Additionally, you may be able to find a coupon that will greatly reduce your cost. It is important to remember that many of the coupons can only be used outside of your plan (will not count towards your maximums).
ASK YOUR DOCTOR – Make sure to ask if there are cost savings alternatives to the prescription they are providing. Many times, there are generic or different manufacturers that will save you money at the pharmacy.
Save Money With Generic Drugs
Ask your doctor if it’s appropriate to use a generic drug rather than a brand. Generic drugs are less expensive, and according to the FDA, they contain the same active ingredients and are identical in dose, form and administrative method as a brand name.
Telemedicine is included with both plans through Lyric.
Simple as 1, 2, 3
Patient calls 1.866.223.8831 or logs on to their member portal to schedule a consultation with state licensed physician.
Member speaks to a Care Coordinator who will triage and update the patient's Electronic Health Record (EHR).
Member consults with Physician who recommends a treatment plan, and if medication(s) is prescribed, it's sent electronically.
When to use
Our goal is to provide you with convenient, affordable healthcare, when you need it most – 24/7/365.
•When you need care now
•If you have a health related questions, and just need professional guidance
•If you're considered the ER or urgent care center for a non-emergency issue
•On vacation, a business trip, or away from home
Voluntary Dental through Principal
Principal's dental plan provides comprehensive coverage to help you and your family maintain good dental health. Providers are part of the Principal network, or you may see an out-of-network dentist of your choice. Be aware if you go out-of-network, your costs could be higher.
You have two options to choose from. Both will cover preventative care at 100%. See the links below to view the summaries and watch the Dental Recorded Presentation.
If your dental care is extensive and you want to plan ahead for the cost, you can ask your dentist to submit a pre-treatment estimate. While it is not a guarantee of payment, a pre-treatment estimate can help you predict your out-of-pocket costs.
To find out if your provider is in-network, please visit the Principal website below.
Voluntary Vision through Principal
DID YOU KNOW?
•Eye exams can help detect serious eye and general health conditions sooner: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol
•Babies should receive their first professional eye exam at 6 months
•80% of learning in the first 12 years comes through the eyes
Pannell Co offers vision coverage through Principal using the VSP network to help pay for eye exams, prescription glasses and contact lenses. You receive a higher level of benefits when you see a provider in VSP's Network.
How do I use my vision benefit?
Once enrolled, simply tell your VSP doctor you’re a member and they will handle the rest. If you visit an in-network doctor for services and materials, you don’t need an ID card or have forms to complete.
How do I locate an in-network VSP doctor?
You will have access to the largest national network of private-practice eye care doctors in the industry through Vision Service Plan (VSP). There are three ways to find an in-network doctor:
1. Visit vsp.com and select the Choice network.
2. Call VSP at 800-877-7195.
3. Download our mobile app, Benefit Tools, and search
for a doctor near you.
What happens if I use an out-of-network doctor?
You will be required to pay the full amount to the doctor at time of service. You can then submit a claim for reimbursement, which is a lesser benefit when compared to visiting a VSP doctor.
You can view the summary and Recorded Vision Presentation by selecting the links below.
Voluntary Life through Principal
Life insurance is an important part of your financial security as it helps protect your family from financial risk and sudden loss of income in the event of your death. AD&D (Accidental Death & Dismemberment) insurance is equal to your Life benefit in the event of your death being a result of an accident, and may pay benefits for particular injuries sustained.
All employees have the opportunity to enroll in Voluntary Life insurance coverage. Coverage is also available for your spouse and/or child dependents, however, It is required that you elect coverage for yourself in order to elect coverage for your dependents.
Cost of Coverage
Premiums are based on age-rated tables and paid by the employee every pay period through a payroll deduction. These premiums are post-tax and benefits payable are tax-free.
Employee Coverage - Choose in $10,000 increments up to $500,000
Spouse Coverage - Choose in $5,000 increments up to the lesser of 100% of the amount you elect for yourself or $100,000
Dependent Coverage - Choose $5,000, or $10,000 benefit. Benefit from birth to age 14 days is $1000.
Employee: If you’re under age 70: $150,000
Spouse: If your spouse is under 70: $30,000
Benefit Reduction – 35% reduction at age 65, with an additional 15% reduction at age 70
*Guaranteed Issue (GI) and Evidence of Insurability (EOI)
When you are first eligible (at hire) for Voluntary Life and AD&D, you may purchase up to the Guaranteed Issue (GI) for yourself and your spouse without providing proof of good health (EOI).
Any amount elected over the GI will require EOI. If you elect optional life coverage and are required to complete an EOI, it is your responsibility to complete the EOI and send to the provider (address will be listed on your form). In addition, your spouse will need to provide EOI to be eligible for coverage amounts over GI, or if coverage is requested at a later date.
It’s very important to designate beneficiaries. Taking a few minutes to designate your beneficiaries now will help ensure that your assets will be distributed according to your direction.