Watch for your 1099-HC Tax Form in the Mail

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts and Health Plans Inc. (HPI) recently mailed Massachusetts 1099-HC tax forms to plan members who were enrolled in 2018 health insurance benefits through UMass Memorial Health Care. This form is required for filing Massachusetts state income tax returns! New this year: You can request an electronic copy of the 1099-HC form from your carrier. Simply log onto your account on the BCBSMA or HPI website to submit a request for your electronic copy of the tax form. Questions: Contact Blue Cross Blue Shield at 800-932-8323 or Health Plans, Inc. at 844-998-6642.

Open Enrollment is Coming:Time to Review Benefits Options

This year’s open enrollment period is October 29 through November 16, so it’s just around the corner! Benefits-eligible employees: Get a head start on open enrollment by reviewing plan options in the 2019 Benefits Guide. The guide was mailed to you recently so you can be ready to enroll when the time comes using MyBenefits. For 2019, we will no longer offer the Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) Plan through Health Plans Inc. (HPI). Refer to your benefits guide for more information about what you need to do if you’re enrolled in an HPI plan. And don’t forget that Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) require enrollment each year in which you wish to participate. For more information about this year’s open enrollment, visit MyHR. For benefits questions, email or call 508-334-8511.

Put Your Vision Into Focus: Schedule Your Annual Exam

Eye exams play an important role in your overall wellness. In addition to testing your vision, regular eye exams can help identify early signs of certain chronic health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. When you get your eyes checked every year, you’re helping your eyes – and possibly your whole body – stay well. If you’re enrolled in a Blue Cross Blue Shield or Health Plans Inc. medical plan, you’re covered for an annual eye exam when you use in-network providers. Participating in EyeMed? You also have coverage for glasses or contact lenses, as well as your annual eye exam. Refer to your Benefits Guide or visit or MyBenefits for coverage details. Questions? Email or call the Benefits Contact Center at 508-334-8511.

Got Your Health Covered? Preventive Care Key to Your Well-being

Did you know that when you see your physician on a regular basis, you are likely to receive preventive services in a timely manner? Your physician may recognize and treat medical conditions before they become serious – keeping you healthy! When you visit in-network providers, your medical plan fully covers preventive visits and many related services. Examples of covered services include routine exams, immunizations, labs, X-rays and clinical tests for you and your covered family members. (Refer to your plan documents for specific coverage details.) Questions? Contact Blue Cross Blue Shield at 800-932-8323 or Health Plans Inc. at 844-998-6642.

Are You a Health Plans Inc. Member? Register Today for My Plan!

If you have medical coverage under Health Plans, Inc. (HPI), keeping track of your plan activity is easy at Simply use your HPI member ID number to register for 24/7 access to My Plan, your personal, secure online account. When you log onto My Plan, you can review your benefits, search for providers and check your claims status and submit fitness or cosmetic surgery benefit reimbursement claims. You can also view, print or request an ID card, and access plan forms. Read the flyer to find out more.