HDHP Medical Plan
What you need to know
You have two High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) options: the HDHP with Health Savings Account (HSA), or the HDHP with Healthcare Reimbursement Account (HRA). Both plans are administered by Cigna. You can select the HDHP with HRA only if you have Medicare or TRICARE. With both plans, you pay the full cost of care until you meet your annual deductible. Your HSA or HRA can help you cover those costs.
How the Plans Work
Your medical plan is designed to help keep you and your family healthy. Used in tandem with your other benefits—including dental and vision coverage, and services offered through the integrated employee assistance and work/life program—it’s also here to support you when you need care.
You may choose to waive medical coverage if you’re covered by another plan or your spouse is a YNHHS employee.
Under both HDHP plans:
- Your coverage is identical.
- You pay nothing for preventive care—including some preventive tests and prescription medications—when you use network providers.
- You pay the full cost of care until you meet your annual deductible, after which the plan begins to share costs with you.
- You pay discounted rates when you use providers and facilities in the Yale New Haven Health System and Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP) network.
- You have mental health and substance abuse benefits.
- Special rules apply when you or your covered dependents are covered by more than one plan.
- There’s a combined annual deductible for medical and prescription services. Until the deductible is met, your eligible medical and prescription drug costs are applied against the deductible.
The difference between the plans? The account that comes with them—the HSA or HRA.
Health Savings Account
When you enroll for the HDHP with HSA, you will receive a welcome packet from Cigna, our HSA administrator. Follow the instructions to open your account.
After you meet your deductible, you can use your HSA to cover any coinsurance.
- You can contribute up to $3,650 in your HSA if you have individual coverage and $7,300 if you’re covering others, too. And if you’re 55 or older, you can contribute an additional catch-up contribution of $1,000. Keep in mind your employer’s contribution, if any, when making your election. Total contributions to your account cannot exceed these IRS maximums.
- Your HSA contributions reduce your taxable income.
- Any unused funds roll over year after year, earning interest along the way.
- The money in your HSA is yours to use forever on qualified health expenses—even if you change employers or health plans, or retire.
- Once your balance reaches $1,000, you have the opportunity to invest it for potential growth.
Note: You also have the option of opening your HSA at a financial institution of your choice. However, unlike an account opened with Cigna, you will not be able to fund your HSA through direct payroll contributions, nor will you receive your employer’s contribution.
If you have an existing account with HSA Bank, you will need to transfer your account to Cigna. Please review this flyer for more information.
Healthcare Reimbursement Account
- As you receive services throughout the year, you pay out of pocket for expenses like coinsurance, copays, and other services, and then get reimbursed from your HRA up to the amount of your existing balance.
- Once you’ve met your annual deductible, you may pay coinsurance for the care you receive; the plan will cover the rest.
- You can use the HRA only while you are enrolled in this plan. You cannot take the money with you if you change plans or employers.
- You cannot contribute to your HRA.
How much you pay depends on the provider or facility you choose:
How much you pay depends on the provider or facility you choose:
When you use the following YNHHS facilities, you’ll pay coinsurance after you’ve met your annual deductible, and you’ll generally pay less for covered services:
- Bridgeport Hospital
- Greenwich Hospital
- Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
- Northeast Medical Group
- Westerly Hospital
- Yale New Haven Care Continuum (Grimes Center)
- Yale New Haven Hospital
- Use the links below to search for a YNHHS facility that provides these services:
Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP) Providers
- You’ll need to meet your annual deductible ($2,000 individual/$4,000 family) before the plan begins to share the cost of your care.
- After you meet your deductible, you’ll pay 20% coinsurance for care until you reach your annual out-of-pocket maximum.
- Once you meet your annual out-of-pocket maximum, the plan will pay 100% of covered expenses through that calendar year.
- You’ll pay the most for care.
- Cigna will pay a maximum allowable amount (MAA).
- You will be responsible for costs up to your annual deductible, coinsurance, and any difference between the MAA and the amount billed by the provider.
- You’ll need to file a claim for the care to be covered. Payments will be made directly to the provider unless you submit a bill showing you’ve paid it already. Get a claim form and instructions.
No-cost vaccines when you use the right ID card
You and your covered dependents can get no-cost vaccines for shingles, pneumonia, flu (ages 18 and older only), COVID-19, tetanus/diphtheria, and hepatitis A and B. To ensure 100% coverage, show the right ID card. If you are in a CVS Minute Clinic or Health Hub, use your medical plan ID card. Any other network pharmacy, use your CVS Caremark ID card.
Your Annual Deductible & Out-of-Pocket Maximum
* The $2,000 individual annual deductible only applies to “employee only” coverage. If you cover any one else under this plan, your annual deductible is $4,000.
Office Visits and Physician Services
 Inpatient rehabilitative services are limited to 100 days per member per year.
 Physical, speech, and occupational therapy visits are limited to a combined total of 60 visits per member per calendar year. For physical therapy and occupational therapy, prior authorization is required after the first visit. Chiropractic services are limited to 12 visits per member per calendar year.
Urgent & Emergency Care & Telehealth
Inpatient and Outpatient Care
 Skilled nursing facility services are limited to 100 days per calendar year.
 You must use a participating provider to be covered for durable medical equipment and prosthetic devices.
When to Connect with Cigna
Before receiving any of the following services, you must call Cigna for preauthorization. Otherwise, your benefits will be reduced.
- Inpatient stays in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, hospice facility, subacute care or acute rehabilitation facility, or a behavioral health or substance abuse treatment center (CALL at least 24 hours before the start of your stay)
- High-cost diagnostic imaging services prescribed by an out-of-network provider
- Organ/tissue transplants, including evaluation, donor search, organ procurement/tissue harvest, or transplant
For admissions following emergency or urgent care, you, your representative, or your doctor must call Cigna within 48 hours of admission.
If you do not precertify for the services above:
- Benefits for inpatient stays will be reduced by $200.
- Benefits for doctor fees will be reduced by 25%.
You can also connect with Cigna to:
- Find a provider in the Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP) Network
- Resolve insurance claim and billing issues
- Ask questions about preventive and/or diagnostic care
- Get general health information
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET
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Health Savings Account (HSA)
Cigna (account held at HSA Bank)