Announcements & Features:
Priority health plan

Questions & Answers for
Current Members of the Priority Health Plan

When will the Priority Health plan be eliminated?
The plan will end on Dec. 31, 2011. Until then, the plan will be frozen and will not accept new members, but those already enrolled may keep the plan until the end of 2011.

Why is the plan being eliminated?
Enrollment in the plan has been getting lower each year and has declined by more than 50 percent over just the last five years. Only about 1,700 of the university’s approximately 36,000 benefits-eligible faculty and staff members currently choose Priority Health, and low enrollment tends to make premiums higher for employees in the plan.  Priority Health is the most expensive U-M health plan.

Do I need to take any action?
If you are already in the plan, you can keep it until it’s eliminated at the end of 2011. No action is required until fall 2011 Open Enrollment when you’ll need to choose a different plan for your 2012 coverage.

Can I elect Priority Health if I do so before 2012 when it’s eliminated?
No, new enrollments in the Priority Health plan will no be allowed, but those who are already in the plan may remain enrolled until the plan ends at the close of the 2011 calendar year.

What other plans can I choose?
Benefits-eligible faculty and staff can choose from among U-M Premier Care, Health Alliance Plan, Comprehensive Major Medical, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Community Blue PPO, and GradCare also is available for eligible graduate students.

How do I determine whether my current provider participates in other U-M plans?
Information on all U-M medical insurance plans, including access to provider directories for each plan, is found on the Benefits Office website at: <http://benefits.umich.edu/plans/medical/index.html>.

Can I change plans sooner than 2012 when Priority Health is eliminated?
Sure, you can change plans every year during Open Enrollment. The next Open Enrollment period occurs Oct. 25 – Nov. 5, 2010. Changes made to your elections at that time will become effective on Jan. 1, 2011.

If I keep Priority Health through 2011, can I still add a new dependent during the year?
Yes, you can add dependents during the upcoming Open Enrollment period or during the course of the year if the addition is due to a qualifying life event.  There are many life events that allow mid-year changes to be made.  You’ll find all of the details on the Benefits Office website at <http://benefits.umich.edu/events/index.html>.

Have additional questions?

Please contact an HR/Payroll Service Center representative at 734-615-2000, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.