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Health Insurance

The Health Insurance program is administered through the Office of Group Benefits (OGB). 

New employees must enroll within the first 30 days of employment. You must complete an enrollment form within 30 days after acquiring a new dependent by: birth, adoption, marriage, etc.  If you do not do so, your dependent may be subject to the pre-existing condition limitation.

You may still enroll in a plan after the 30 days, however, you will be considered a late applicant and must provide proof of insurability. If you choose not to enroll you must complete a waiver of coverage. The employee and the university share the cost of the premium.

Effective date of coverage:

New Hires and Transfers:  If employment begins on the 1st day of the month, coverage is effective the 1st day of the following month. If employment begins on the second day of the month or after, coverage is effective the 1st day of the second month following employment.

Late Applicants:  The effective date of coverage for applicants whose forms are received prior to the 14th of the month will be the first day of the month following the date of receipt of all required forms. The effective date of coverage for applicants whose forms are received on or after the 14th of the month will be the first day of the second month following receipt.

Below is a list of the various plans all administered by the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) and all plans follow the OGB Preferred Care Network and the National Provider Directory.   Information on local hospital-based physicians and ER physicians in-network can be found here.

Magnolia Open Access (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana)
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Schedule of Benefits
     • Benefit Plan

Magnolia Local (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana)
     • Schedule of Benefits
     • Benefit Plan

Magnolia Local Plus (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana)
     • Schedule of Benefits
     • Benefit Plan

Pelican HSA 775 (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana)
     • Schedule of Benefits
     • Benefit Plan

Pelican HRA 1000 (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana)
     • Schedule of Benefits
     • Benefit Plan



Plan Administrator:
Office of Group Benefits
P.O. Box 44036
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
1 (800) 272-8451
www.groupbenefits.org

Claims Administrator:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
1 (800) 392-4089
Hearing Impaired call 1 (800) 846-5277
www.bcbsla.com/OGB

Local Customer Service Office:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
5501 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA  70503
(337) 232-7527

Active employees' (or retirees without Medicare) prescription coverage is administered by MedImpact, at medimpact.com or 1 (800) 788-2949

CDHP-HSA Prescription Drug Program is administered by Express Scripts. The toll free number is 1 (866) 781-7533.

The Mental Health/Substance Abuse benefit is managed by Magellan Behavioral Health at www.magellanhealth.com/member or 1 (800) 523-6435.

Health Management

OGB envisions itself as a leader in improving and preserving quality of life. The following programs are available for members of the health insurance:

  • In Health: Blue Health Services Disease Management Program (formerly Living Well Louisiana)
  • Diabetic Sense Program
  • Tobacco Cessation Pilot Program for State Employees
  • Smoking Cessation Trust

More information on these programs can be found here.

Wellness Discounts

OGB Members get special values on trusted health and wellness resources including diet programs, health clubs, spas, hotels, senior care, eye care and more.

Blue 365 Wellness Discounts