HSTA VB – FAQs

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My child is/will be attending college. What do I need to submit to the EUTF to confirm they are a full-time student?

Acceptable forms of student certification include:

  • Signed letter from the school’s registrar written on the school’s letterhead indicating full-time student status
  • Student enrollment verification form from www.studentclearninghouse.org

Copies of a class schedule, payment or tuition, or similar documents will not be accepted.

The EUTF will mail a courtesy reminder letter two months prior to your dependent’s birthday.  Student certification must be submitted to the EUTF within 15 days of the dependent’s birthday in order to avoid termination of their dental and/or vision plans.  If EUTF does not receive student certification prior to the end date listed on the courtesy reminder, a COBRA Election Notice will generate and coverage will stop at the end of that pay period.  In order to maintain enrollment, student certification must be renewed annually.

EUTF Administrative Rules 1.02 and 5.05(b) specify that dependent-beneficiaries ages 19 through 23 who are full-time students may enroll in dental and/or vision plans.  Children may be enrolled in medical and prescription drug plans until age 26 regardless of whether they are a full-time student or not.

I’m a new State or County employee and want to learn more about my health plan options. Is there educational material available?

Yes.  An on-demand video is available that covers enrollment procedures, eligibility criteria and a summary of EUTF health plan options and other benefits.  For more information, you can also download the EUTF New Hire Enrollment Guide.

Why did I receive a COBRA General Notice in the mail?

You will receive a COBRA General Notice if you make changes to your plan enrollment.  This notice contains information about your right to COBRA continuation coverage, which is a temporary extension of coverage under EUTF plans when coverage under the plan would normally cease.  This notice generally explains COBRA continuation coverage, when it may become available to you and your family, and what you need to do to protect the right to receive it.  For more information on COBRA, click here.

Why did I receive a COBRA Election Notice?

The COBRA Election Notice offers employees and/or their dependents temporary continuation of their health plan coverage when their coverage would otherwise end because of certain qualifying events (i.e., end of employment, child ceasing to be an eligible dependent child, etc.).  The maximum period of COBRA coverage is generally either 18 or 36 months, depending on which qualifying event occurred.  To watch a short overview on COBRA, click here.

Who is eligible for active employee health benefits?

Active employees include those who are employed by the State or County who will be working for more than three months in a position that requires more than 50% full-time equivalent.  As an active employee you are eligible to enroll:

  • Yourself
  • Your spouse or domestic partner
  • Your children under age 26 for medical and prescription drug coverage.  This includes children by birth, marriage, adoption, placement for adoption or foster child.  For dental and vision coverage, dependent children under age 19, and from age 19 through age 23 if they are unmarried and a full-time student.  For children covered under legal guardianship, their coverage will terminate at 18.
  • Your child, regardless of age, who are incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical impairment that existed prior to the child reaching age 19.

Part-time and temporary employees not eligible for the EUTF health plans should contact their departmental human resources or personnel office for more information.

I’m having a baby. What do I need to do to enroll my baby in my health plans?

Complete an EC-1 enrollment form (or EC-1H for HSTA VB members) and submit it to your departmental human resources office or enrollment designee within 180 days of the baby’s birthday.  For DOE employees, you must submit your form to:

DOE-EBU
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804

A copy of the birth certificate is required only if the child has a different last name than you.  You can add your baby to your current plans – you cannot change plans.  Please submit your child’s Social Security Number to the EUTF once it’s issued by the Social Security Administration.  For more information, please see the Newborn Checklist.

If I have a baby, can I also enroll my spouse/partner to the plan?

Yes.  To enroll your spouse/partner, add their information to the EC-1 enrollment form (or EC-1H for HSTA VB members) and submit it to your departmental human resources office or enrollment designee within 180 days of the baby’s birthday.  For DOE employees, you must submit your form to:

DOE-EBU
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804

If you are enrolling your spouse/partner for the first time in EUTF plans, please submit a copy of your marriage certificate or domestic partnership documents. You can add your spouse to your current plans – you cannot change plans.

I’m getting married and want to add my spouse. What do I need to do?

Complete an EC-1 enrollment form (or EC-1H for HSTA VB members) and submit it to your departmental human resources office or enrollment designee within 30 days of your marriage date.  For DOE employees, you must submit your form to:

DOE-EBU
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804

Attach a copy of your marriage certificate or if it’s not available within 30 days, send it to the EUTF within 60 days of your marriage date.  You can add your spouse to your current plans – you cannot change plans.

I’m getting divorced and I’m covered under my spouse’s non-EUTF plan. What should I do?

Complete an EC-1 enrollment form (or EC-1H for HSTA VB members) and submit it to your departmental human resources office or enrollment designee within 30 days of your loss of coverage under your spouse’s plan.  For DOE employees, you must submit your form to:

DOE-EBU
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804

Attach a loss of coverage letter from your former spouse’s employer or the health benefits carrier detailing the type of coverage lost, the date of loss, and the names of who lost coverage.  Your effective date of coverage under EUTF plans is the day following your loss of coverage under your former spouse’s plan.

I’m getting divorced and my spouse is covered under my EUTF plans. What should I do?

Employees must terminate their spouse’s/partner’s coverage within 30 days of the date of divorce.  Complete an EC-1 enrollment form (or EC-1H for HSTA VB members) and submit it to your departmental human resources office or enrollment designee within 30 days of your divorce date to terminate your spouse’s coverage.  For DOE employees, you must submit your form to:

DOE-EBU
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804

Attach pages 1 and 2 of the divorce decree along with the signature page.  If the EC-1/EC-1H is filed more than 60 days after the date of divorce, the employee will be responsible for paying the employer contribution of premiums retroactive to the divorce date.  Your former spouse’s coverage ends the first date of the first pay period following the divorce.

I was covered under my spouse’s health insurance and we recently lost our coverage. Can I enroll into my EUTF coverage right away?

Yes.  Complete an EC-1 enrollment form (or EC-1H for HSTA VB members) and submit it to your departmental human resources office or enrollment designee within 30 days from the date you lost coverage under your spouse’s plan.  For DOE employees, you must submit your form to:

DOE-EBU
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804

Attach a loss of coverage letter from your spouse’s employer or the health benefits carrier detailing the type of coverage lost, the date of loss, and the names of who lost coverage.  Your effective date of coverage under EUTF plans is the day following your loss of coverage under your spouse’s plan.

What are my options for insurance coverage when I’m on leave without pay?

If your leave without pay (LWOP) is expected to last longer than 30 days, you have two options:

  1. Cancel your health benefit plan enrollment during your leave of absence.
    • You must complete an EC-1 enrollment form (or EC-1H for HSTA VB members) within 30 days from your authorized leave date to cancel coverage, and may enroll in the same health plans upon return from leave by submitting an EC-1/EC-1H form within 30 days from your return date. The effective date of the cancellation will be the first day of the first pay period following your LWOP start date.
  2. Continue all your plans during your leave of absence by paying the premiums due by the end of the month.
    • Employees are responsible for submitting premium payments to the EUTF by check, electronic check, credit card or ACH payment. For more information on premium payment options, please click here.

If you do not submit an EC-1/EC-1H enrolment form within 30 days to cancel your coverage and do not make payment to the EUTF, your plans will be cancelled due to non-payment.  You may enroll during the next open enrollment or if you experience a qualifying life event.

If you are on leave without pay for a period less than 30 days, you could still have a premium shortage.  Employees on leave should check their paystub to see if they need to submit a premium payment to the EUTF.

For employees on Family Medical Leave of Absence without pay:  If you continue plans but do not submit payment to the EUTF by the due date indicated on the Shortage notice, your plans will be cancelled effective the due date on the notice.

For Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): If you continue plans but do not submit payment to the EUTF by the due date indicated on the shortage notice, your plans will be cancelled retroactive to your leave of absence date.

My dependent is no longer eligible (i.e., divorce, legal separation or dissolution of domestic partnership, etc.). Do I need to notify the EUTF?

Divorced or legally separated spouse/civil union partners, or domestic partners whose partnership has been dissolved are no longer eligible for EUTF plans, regardless of whether your divorce decree indicates that coverage must be afforded to your spouse.  You must notify the EUTF within 30 days from the divorce or legally separated filing dates or date of the termination of domestic partnership and terminate your dependent’s coverage.

Complete an EC-1 enrollment form (or EC-1H for HSTA VB members) and submit it to your departmental human resources office or enrollment designee within 30 days to remove your dependent from your EUTF plans.  For DOE employees, you must submit your form to:

DOE-EBU
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804

Your dependent will be terminated the first day of the first pay period following their loss of eligibility.  If the EC-1/EC-1H is filed more than 60 days after the date of divorce/partnership, the employee shall be responsible for paying the employer contribution of premiums retroactive to the divorce date.

My child is no longer eligible (i.e., graduated from college, is no longer a full-time student, etc.), but is under age 24. Do I need to notify the EUTF?

You must notify the EUTF and terminate your child’s dental and vision coverage within 30 days from when they become ineligible.  This does not apply to medical and prescription drug coverage, which they may remain enrolled in to age 26.

Complete an EC-1 enrollment form (or EC-1H for HSTA VB members) and submit it to your departmental human resources office or enrollment designee within 30 days to remove your dependent from your EUTF plans.  For DOE employees, you must submit your form to:

DOE-EBU
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804

Your child will be terminated the first day of the first pay period following their loss of eligibility.

How do I change my address?

Complete an Employee Address Change Form and submit it to your departmental human resources office or enrollment designee as soon as possible. For DOE employees, you must submit your form to:

DOE-EBU
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804

The EUTF will process your change of address and notify each of the health plan carriers.   Be advised that all address changes must go through the EUTF and not to the health plan carriers directly.

Will I get new health plan ID cards every year?

No.  ID cards are only issued for new enrollments or when you make changes to your plan enrollment.  ID cards are not issued for HMA, American Specialties Health Group Inc., and VSP, as ID cards are not required to receive services.

Where can I get more information on EUTF plan options for active employees, enrollment procedures and eligibility criteria?

The EUTF Reference Guide for Active Employees is published annually and contains information on enrollment and eligibility, premiums and contributions, health plan options and how to make changes to your plans.  To download the guide, click here and select the Reference Guide you wish to view.

Does EUTF offer the Island Flex Plan?

No.  For State employees, the Island Flex Plan is administered by the State Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD).  For more information, please visit the website of the plan’s third-party administrator, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Inc. at http://www.CompFinPlan.com.  For County employees, contact your personnel office for more information.

Where can I get more information on the Premium Conversion Plan?

For State employees, the Premium Conversion Plan (PCP) is a voluntary benefit plan, administered by the State Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) that allows employees to pay their health benefit plan premiums on a pretax basis and is being offered pursuant to Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information click here.  For County employees, contact your personnel office for more information.

I’m an active employee considering retirement. Where can I learn more about what is needed to enroll in EUTF retiree plans?

Sign-up to attend a pre-retirement health benefits workshop, watch an on-demand pre-retirement informational video, or view the Pre-retirement Checklist and Medicare Checklist.

If I’m killed in the performance of duty, what will happen to my family’s health coverage?

The surviving spouse/partner of an employee killed in the performance of duty is eligible to enroll in retiree plans, provided the spouse or partner does not remarry or enter into another domestic or civil union partnership.  Additionally, the unmarried child of an employee killed in the performance of duty is eligible to be enrolled in retiree plans, provided the child is under the limiting age, as defined in the EUTF Administrative Rule 1.02 or is an adult disabled child in accordance with the EUTF Administrative Rule 3.01(b)(3) and does not have a surviving parent who is eligible to be an employee-beneficiary.

If I die before I retire, is my spouse/partner eligible for EUTF health coverage?

The surviving spouse/partner and/or unmarried child of a deceased employee is eligible to enroll in EUTF retiree plans provided the deceased employee was eligible on his/her date of death to retire with the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS).  In order to continue enrollment in EUTF retiree plans, the surviving spouse/partner may not remarry or enter into another domestic or civil union partnership.  The surviving child of a deceased employee is eligible to enroll in retiree plans provided the child is under the age of 19 and does not have a surviving parent who is eligible to be an employee-beneficiary.