URGENT – READ NOW: you could lose dependent benefits if you haven’t responded to the audit

Dear All:

The deadline for responding to the Dependent Health Benefits Audit was 10/30/2015.

Benefits will be cut on November 19 if you have not responded. Please respond NOW if you have not done so yet.

Mary Gresinger said letters would be sent out to everyone who had not responded, and confirmations should be sent, too. You can still get the documentation in, BUT DON’T WAIT!!

There’s information below that will help you, and there’s a web address listed at the end of the forwarded targeted announcement. Use it!

Thanks to Mary for the help on this!


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: NEIU Targeted Announcement
Date: Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 1:29 PM
Subject: CMS Dependent Audit

Good Afternoon:

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is conducting a Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit. The audit will be handled by HMS Employer Solutions (HMS). The intent of this audit is to ensure that only eligible dependents are covered under the State Employees Group Insurance Program (SEGIP). Based upon information maintained in Banner (our payroll system), if you have one or more dependents enrolled in the State insurance program, you then would be subject to this audit.

Northeastern Illinois University employees will be mailed a letter from HMS the week of September 15, 2015, detailing the steps and documentation required to verify their dependent eligibility. By law, the State’s plans, including the State Employees Program, can only cover members and eligible dependents. While most dependents are eligible, some dependents in the plan may no longer meet the eligibility criteria. Members must complete and sign the back of the letter and submit it, along with the required documentation, directly to HMS by the due date indicated on the letter. Failure to follow the instructions could result in loss of coverage for any unverified dependents.

The letter and required documentation must be submitted to HMS no later than Friday, October 30, 2015. Failure to submit needed documentation will terminate your dependents’ coverage.

HMS will contact any employee who has responded with the necessary documentation by mail or email confirming that they have received the paperwork. Please do not contact the Office of Human Resources or Central Management Services as neither CMS nor your benefits representative are able to forward documents to HMS nor can they provide members with copies of previously submitted documents, as this is an independent company doing the audit.

If you have questions about the audit, please contact HMS at the number provided in the letter or at their dedicated website www.AuditOS.com.