Bette Kirk, MCREA’s Rep to the NJREA Health Benefits Committee:
As of January 1, 2018 OptumRX will be the prescription provider for the SEHBP. Information about the negotiated change of carrier was available on the NJEA website as well as through previous communications at various levels.
By now all members should have received their notification post card from the state regarding this change.
All members should be expecting and looking for a new OptumRX prescription card to be provided to them during the month of December. Make sure that you are vigilant looking for this mailing due to its importance.
NJEA has developed a question and answer handout that will answer questions that NJREA retirees and Active NJEA members may have. It can be accessed on the NJEA website at https://www.njea.org/sehbp-retired-njea-member-prescription-benefits-transitioning-optumrx/
It is important that members not contact OptumRX regarding the new plan since all aspects have not yet been finalized and you may not receive information that is specific to the SEHBP.
The OptumRx formulary has been posted online at optumrx.com/stateofnewjersey, the website to be used prior to January 1, 2018.
If you have questions about OptumRX, use the number on the back of your card — 844-368-8765. They are fielding questions from 8 AM to 8 PM until the transition on January 1st. After that, they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We will continue to provide you with updated information in a timely manner as soon as it is available.