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SchoolCare was introduced in November 1995. As of July 1, 2011 there are approximately 8,500 subscribers (plus their dependents) in 70 school districts, towns, and other public entities throughout New Hampshire.
There are no waiting periods or limitations on pre-existing conditions for any benefits covered by the SchoolCare plan.
SchoolCare is a uniquely designed program developed by the New Hampshire School Health Care Coalition, a labor/management partnership. Through a competitive bidding process, Healthsource New Hampshire, now Cigna HealthCare, was awarded the contract to administer the benefits of SchoolCare. The Coalition, on behalf of its member school districts and towns, monitors the program for service, quality, and cost.
Yes. A 2011 survey of SchoolCare subscribers showed that 99% were satisfied with the quality of their health care and 97% of respondents would recommend SchoolCare to a fellow educator in another school district. Additionally, SchoolCare and the National Education Association of New Hampshire have full-time staff members available to assist employees with any issues or problems that may arise.
Yes. The same SchoolCare plans are available to early retirees at group rates. With Cigna HealthCare, retirees in many areas of the country can access network providers, thus reducing their out of pocket expenses. Medicare subscribers may enroll in SchoolCare 65+, a program specially designed to coordinate benefits with Medicare and provide prescription drug coverage.
Note: Prescription drug coverage may be waived when enrolling in the 65+ Plan
In the past three years, rates have increased on average 4.4%. Guaranteed rates are announced each December to assist locals early in the budget development and negotiations process.
There are a wide variety of Value Added Benefits to encourage members to stay healthy, including cash incentives for exercising regularly, reimbursement for approved Health Education Classes, Flu Vaccine Clinics at no cost to members, seminars and health screenings arranged at the work site, and an Employee Assistance Program available 24/7. For employers, SchoolCare provides a full range of services, including COBRA, HIPAA, Retiree Administration, and Flexible Spending Account Administration.