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Process to verify eligibility of dependents enrolled in WCPS insurance plan

August 19, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

Washington County Public Schools employees will receive a notice with their paychecks Friday that the school system has hired a firm to verify that dependents enrolled in the system's health insurance plan are actually eligible.

The verification process is part of cost-containment measures, school system officials said during Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.

The independent auditing firm of Chapman Kelly, of Indiana, will conduct the verifications.

According to the presentation at Tuesday's meeting, there will be an amnesty phase from Aug. 25 to Sept. 15. During that time, employees can come forward to remove any dependents they realize aren't eligible to be in the program and there will not be further action from the board, said Kate Gutterman, supervisor of human resources operations.

The verification phase will take place from Sept. 17 to Nov. 19. All ineligible dependents would be removed from the health insurance program by Dec. 30 at the latest.

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The penalty for having an ineligible dependent enrolled in the plan after the amnesty period ends has not been determined, Gutterman said.

Retirees will be notified of the program through notices being mailed Friday, Gutterman said.

New federal health care legislation allows children to stay on their parents' policies until the age of 26.

That goes into effect with plan years that begin after Sept. 23, Gutterman said. So that part doesn't kick in until the new plan year, which starts July 1, 2011, she said.

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