Volume III Issue 7  |  February 21, 2012  |  www.shpnc.org 
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Meet the New Board of Trustees for the State Health Plan
State Treasurer Janet Cowell recently announced a new Board of Trustees for the State Health Plan. The 10-member board includes Plan members and other experts in medicine and health administration. The board is responsible for decisions regarding vendor contracts and the design of employee health benefits. The Plan became a division of the Department of State Treasurer effective Jan. 1, 2012. read more...
Annual Enrollment Set for March 19-30
You do NOT need to do anything during Annual Enrollment if you are satisfied with the plan in which you are currently enrolled. If you take no action, you will remain on your current plan, along with any covered dependents. read more...
Brand Medication Pay-the-Difference Cap Approvedprescription bottle
The State Health Plan's Board of Trustees recently approved a cap on the maximum amount members must pay to cover the difference between brand and generic medications when a generic equivalent is available. Please click here for additional information.  
New Specialty Pharmacy Quantity Limit Program Announced
As of February 22, 2012, the specialty medications Arava, Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, Kineret, Orencia (subcutaneous), Simponi, and Stelara used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn's disease and other conditions will have quantity limits under the State Health Plan's pharmacy benefit. This is in addition to ensuring that the clinical indication for use meets the Plan's conditions for coverage. Please click here for additional information.
February is American Heart Month
heartSixty to 100 beats a minute, 24 hours a day. Your heart works hard for you. American Heart Month gives you a chance to return the favor. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. read more.... 
What Does NC HealthSmart Offer Me?
NC HealthSmart logoLet us show you! We have posted three engaging videos that will provide you with a detailed description of the health and wellness supports available to you and your family on the NC HealthSmart website. Nearly all State Health Plan members* can benefit from at least one of the many NC HealthSmart resources and services we offer to help members achieve or maintain a healthy lifestyle. read more....
Member Tip: Self-Service Options Can Save You Time, Money
We know your time is valuable. To help you secure faster service at a time and place convenient to you, and even save money, the State Health Plan offers a variety of member self-service options online. We invite you to take a look at the SHP website and the options available. read more....
Specialized Health Coaching Just a Phone Call Awayman on telephone
With 2012 in full swing, how's that New Year's resolution doing? Is it A-OK or MIA? Whether your health and wellness goals for 2012 are right on target or just a little off track, NC HealthSmart has the tools to help you - starting with specialized health coaching. read more.... 
Personal Health Portal Enhancements Launched
screen shot of personal health portalYour NC HealthSmart portal is now better than ever. By entering the online portal, you can take a free Health Assessment, get a personalized health action plan, maintain a Personal Health Record, access online coaching, and find healthy recipes and many other resources. read more.... 
IN THIS ISSUE
New Board of Trustees
Annual Enrollment
Brand Medication Pay-the-Difference Cap
New Specialty Pharmacy Quantity Limit
American Heart Month
What Does NC HealthSmart Offer Me?
Self-Service Options to Save You Time and Money
Specialized Health Coaching
Personal Health Portal Enhancements
HEALTHY/LIGHT RECIPE
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
NUTRITION
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