Employee Benefits

PPO Health Plan Members Receive Identity Protection

State of Tennessee PPO health plan members who participated in the 2013 biometric screening process by downloading a health screening form via the Partners for Health/Onsite Health Diagnostics (OHD) link may have recently received a letter from OHD regarding a data breach. Information such as (names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth and genders) was accessed when an unknown source gained unauthorized access to the computer system OHD used during the period from January 4, 2014 to April 11, 2014. Data did not include social security numbers, medical or financial data.

Not all members were affected, only impacted members have received a letter from OHD and are eligible for free Identity Theft Protection and are encouraged to enroll by November 8, 2014. To enroll in the free protection services, please reference the access code in the letter sent from OHD, to request another copy call 1-888-266-9285. Member questions can be directed to OHD or the Benefits Administration Privacy Officer at benefits.privacy@tn.gov. The HR Insurance office can be reached at 901-448-5577 or 901-448-4876 for additional questions.

Partnership PPO to Standard PPO Transfer Letters

Anyone enrolled in the state of Tennessee's Partnership PPOHealth insurance plan who believes they received a letter explaining they would be transferred to the Standard PPO plan (IN ERROR) for 2015, is encouraged to file an appeal by August 31, 2014. According to the State, some letters were sent by mistake, and correction letters will be mailed soon. However, the state recommends that members go ahead and file appeals to Healthways by Aug. 31 to ensure review.

Members should appeal by:

Retirement Plan Changes

Legislation has been enacted to create a new Hybrid pension plan for state employees, Higher Education and K-12 teachers hired on or after July 1, 2014. Employees hired 6/30/2014 or before are not affected by these changes.

As a State of Tennessee employee, benefits are an important part of your total compensation package. Your complete benefit package includes, medical, dental, life insurance and a non-contributory retirement plan. As you explore the various benefits, you will notice affordable premiums, generous leave policies and additional retirement savings options. There are also benefits unique to the State that you may not find anywhere else. The Sick Leave Bank and Longevity pay are two benefits that help to make the State benefit package one of the most valuable compared to other employers. Benefits are available to all regular full-time and part-time employees.