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Board of Regents Seeks Proposals for Employee Health Benefit Plans

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Atlanta — November 1, 2013

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia today issued two comprehensive Requests for Proposals (RFP) to secure new contractors for its employee and retiree health insurance programs.

The board is the governing body for the state’s 31 public colleges and universities and provides health insurance coverage to more than 100,000 employees, retirees and dependents.

The board is seeking contractual partners to provide medical plan administration and pharmacy benefits management for its sizeable, statewide, self-insured health plans.

Additionally, the board has issued a concurrent RFP to identify a potential contractor to offer a fully-insured “in network only” health insurance plan option to employees residing or working within the greater metro Atlanta area.

Currently the Board has contracts with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Express Scripts, Inc, and Kaiser Permanente for these various health service offerings. The board is required to re-bid services periodically to promote performance and reduce costs.

One of three strategic imperatives of the board’s new Strategic Plan calls for increased accountability, efficiency and innovation in operations and programs of the University System. Like most organizations providing employee benefits, regents are addressing the ongoing increase in health care costs with a much more aggressive management of its health plans and member health outcomes, with particular emphasis on access, value, quality, and innovation.

Another key priority of the board is to provide health benefit plans that are affordable and of high quality for employees.

The deadline for proposal submissions is early January 2014, with new contractors to be engaged by mid-year in order to provide coverage beginning with the 2015 calendar year.

The procurement documents are posted through the Georgia Procurement Registry and can be accessed at https://ssl.doas.state.ga.us/PRSapp/PR_index.jsp

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