Over the past week, we have been contacted by numerous members about an initiative to block Horizon from engaging American Specialty Health (ASH) to oversee Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies.
There are numerous reasons that the chiropractors are attempting to block this coupling, but the main reason is that they claim that it will create a hurdle to continued care.
Please know that the PBA has requested that any references to the SHBP be removed from the announcement on Horizon’s website as of yesterday morning, that request was honored. We have also been able to have the Division of Pensions and Benefits set up a presentation at the next Design Committee meeting.
The PBA is investigating as to whether or not the changes in the administration of these benefits are design changes and would require Plan Design Committee approval. The PBA does not support any restriction to access to benefits.
It is important to know that if you are not in the State Health Benefits Plan, you should be registering any concerns with your employer and their broker on behalf of your Local. If your health care provider has asked you to contact your legislators or the Division of Banking and Insurance, we encourage you to do so if that is your desire.
Lastly, If any members have had a plan under Cigna and have had benefits affected by ASH I ask that they contact me directly. We would like to make sure that there is no barrier to any type of care that you require.
We will keep you informed as this develops.
Kevin C. Lyons, Sr.
Health Benefits Coordinator