ANNOUNCEMENTS

Columbia County is changing the prescription provider from ProAct to CDPHP effective 1/1/2023

Columbia County is required to take part in an open and competitive business practice of issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for various services including pharmacy benefits management. After interviewing multiple companies who submitted proposals, the Health Insurance Committee recommended the acceptance of the proposal from CDPHP to the Columbia County Board of Supervisors and was passed by Board Resolution at the September 14, 2022 meeting.


Due to this change, you will receive a new CDPHP ID card, in the mail, in December. Please be sure to use this new ID card starting January 1, 2023 for all of your health and prescription needs. You will now have 1 ID card for both your doctor and your pharmacy.


The plan will run just like the ProAct plan with the same copays.

Retail pharmacy Tier 1 $5, Tier 2 $20, Tier 3 $40, Prescription available at CanaRx $60.

Maintenance medications filled at a local retail pharmacy instead of mail order will result in a double copay.

Mail order prescriptions for a 90 day fill Tier 1 $10, Tier 2 $40, Tier 3 $80


CDPHP also has a Specialty Tier 4 and Specialty Tier 5. Specialty prescriptions usually have a rebate card or coupon and you could pay as little a $0 for your prescription. CDPHP and their Specialty pharmacy will help you acquire any discount, coupon or rebate available. The max you would pay for your prescription fill is Specialty Tier 4 = $40 mail order and Specialty Tier 5 = $80 mail order.


Helpful Information:

Mail order prescriptions will be transferred from ProAct to CDPHP's mail order service with Walmart Pharmacy Home Delivery. If you have a mail order prescription, after January 1, please call Walmart Pharmacy Home Delivery using the number on the back of your new ID card to set up your account, add a payment method, arrange for automatic delivery of your prescriptions, etc. I have attached a flyer with more information on Walmart Pharmacy Home Delivery.

Any Prior Authorizations you may have for a prescription with ProAct/Noble will also be transferred to CDPHP so you will not need to go through the process again.


If you have a Specialty Medication filled through ProAct's Noble Pharmacy, your prescription will be transferred to CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy for filling and delivery. CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy will be reaching out to you to set up your account and delivery information with them. If you do not hear from them by January 1st, please contact them at 1-800-237-2767.


I will be out with CDPHP on the following dates, times and locations, please feel free to stop by to address any concerns and ask any questions you may have about this prescription change.

11/14/22 9am-11 325 Columbia Street - 2nd floor conference room

11am-12 610 State Street - Probation conference room

12:30-1 County Clerk/DMV lunch room basement

1pm-1:45 Real Property office

2pm-3 Public Safety Building


11/17/2022
8:45am-9:30 Highway - Central Garage

9:45am-10:30 401 State Street - 1st floor Committee Room

11/21/22 9am-9:30 Philmont Nutrition site

10am-12 DSS

1pm-3 401 State Street - 1st floor Committee Room

If you are unable to make one of these visits, please send Laurie Halstead your questions and she will get them answered for you.

AFLAC OPEN ENROLLMENT

The future – You can’t predict it, but you can protect yourself and your family when events happen. Aflac is different than insurance you are used to. It provides peace of mind.

While major medical pays for doctors and hospitals, Aflac pays cash benefits directly to you…for YOU to use as YOU decide!

Benefits are paid directly to you, regardless of any other insurance you have! And rates do not go up based on the number of claims you file!
Columbia County is offering the following benefits to help protect you and your family… and it’s open enrollment!

Aflac Benefits! (click here)

Jim Staats – 518-281-3009 | James_StaatsJr@us.aflac.com

Dan Barry – 845-532-2053 | Daniel_Barry@us.aflac.com

Be on the lookout for your department visit, but if you want more info, book a short 1 on 1 call with me:

https://calendly.com/jstaatsjr/aflac-jan-oe

NYS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF STATEWIDE WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT HOTLINE

Earlier this year Governor Hochul signed into law that a toll-free confidential hotline will be created for complaints of workplace sexual harassment. In addition to reporting incidents to your Department Head and/or Human Resources employees may use the confidential hotline established by NYS. As of today, the toll-free confidential hotline is in operation and details are provided in the attachment.


We will revise the language in the County's Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Poilcy to be in accordance with the new laws, and all County employees will be trained on the udpates during our next training cycle of 2022.


Workplace Sexual Harassment Hotline Notification.pdf

Do you know about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?
To qualify for PSLF, you must:

To ensure you’re on the right track, you should submit a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) & Temporary Expanded PSLF (TEPSLF) Certification & Application (PSLF Form) annually or when you change employers. They will use the information you provide on the form to let you know if you are making qualifying PSLF payments. This will help you determine if you’re on the right track as early as possible.

*This provision will be waived through October 31, 2022 as part of the limited PSLF waiver. Learn more.

For complete information on this program and to apply, go to https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service#qualifying-employment