ATTENTION STATE EMPLOYEES:
You likely received a letter or email “Member Alert” about State Treasurer Dale Folwell’s vendetta to change the State Employee’s payments for services. This letter is written in an alarming tone, using “!” frequently and phrases like (ask your doctor, I mean “provider,“ if they plan on signing the contract) and “if they say no, ask them why they are against transparency and lowering the cost of health care”
Let me clarify this: While there IS a deadline to agree to the network, as of now THERE IS NO ACTUAL FINAL VERSION OF THE PAYMENTS FOR SERVICES AGREED UPON OR PUBLISHED.
(“We will be setting our own rates”... taken directly from their web site).
Why would anyone sign a contract that is basically blank, and can be changed by the other party at their whim???
I am personally offended by this letter and will let Mr. Folwell know that directly. This communication from his office is inappropriate, inflammatory and in no way constructive.
Remember when the health insurance was actually a perk of working for the State? Teachers, and others, at least knew their plans would be helpful. That is no longer the case, with benefits drastically cut and contributions/deductibles required rising continuously. And let me make this also clear: what we were paid for State Employee care was never any more than any other insurance, and I do not understand the urgency to reduce costs, etc. by some sort of drastic arm-twisting.
We will probably just sign the contract for now (what choice do we have at the present? What will our patients do otherwise?) but we will absolutely reserve the right to cancel that if the final version of payments passed is not acceptable.
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