Thursday, April 19, 2007

Judge tosses out lawsuit against Office of Group Benefits

Judge Timothy Kelley in the Nineteenth Judicial District dismissed demands in a lawsuit filed by FARA Inc., clearing the way for the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) to begin its medical plan annual enrollment for state employees.

FARA had filed a lawsuit on Friday afternoon, March 30, seeking injunctive relief against OGB to halt the annual enrollment process. FARA is a current medical plan administrator for OGB that had not been selected for a new contract effective July 1, 2007.

The annual enrollment period will be extended one week until close of business on Friday, May 4th. The meetings which were not held during the first week of April will be rescheduled.

All members will have an opportunity to attend a meeting and make selections for medical plan coverage to be effective July 1, 2007.

All plan members currently participating in the FARA plan should make a new selection as these plans will not continue to be offered after July 1, 2007. Any FARA participant not making a new selection will be transferred into the PPO plan.