The DHHS Insurance Committee met Dec. 9. Left to right, front row – Linda Taylor, Terri Smith, Kelly Jones, Dennis Mays and Pearla Alston; back row – David Womble, Dr. Scott Mann, Marjorie Donaldson, David Burton, Mark Gogal, Felicia Davis and Rob Kindsvatter. Jones provides Human Resources support to the committee, Alston, Gogal, and Womble serve as advisors to the committee, and Davis provides oversight. Rickye Collie, who was not available for the photograph, also serves as an advisor.
The DHHS Employee Insurance Committee met Dec. 9 to receive presentations from the current DHHS insurance vendors. Committee members had the opportunity to receive information and ask questions about our current products in preparation for decisions to be made about the future direction of DHHS insurance product offerings.
Newly restructured in 2013, the committee now comes under the oversight of the DHHS Human Resources function, which will allow for more continuity with the committee from year to year. With rising insurance costs, the work of the committee to offer employees competitive insurance products that meet their needs and that help defray the costs associated with dealing with life’s challenges is more important than ever.
The committee will be conducting a DHHS Employee Insurance Products Interest Survey in early 2014 to identify products that employees are interested in being offered. Currently, DHHS offers five insurance products to its employees, in addition to the State Health Plan and NC Flex Insurance Products offered to all state employees: ARAG Legal Services insurance, Colonial Life Disability Plan, Humana Dental Plan, ING/Reliastar Term Life insurance, and Protective Universal Life insurance.
The Insurance Committee is charged to:
- Review insurance produces currently offered through payroll deduction to DHHS employees;
- Determine if those products meet the needs and desires of DHHS employees;
- Select the types of insurance products that reflect the needs and desires of DHHS employees; and
- Competitively select the best insurance products of the types determined by the committee to reflect the needs and desires of DHHS employees.