Forms 1095-B will be arriving soon

As required by the Affordable Care Act, the Health Trust will be sending out Forms 1095-B to all employees (including non-Medicare retirees and COBRA participants) who were covered under a Health Trust health plan during calendar year 2023. The 1095-B forms provide information on each individual (employee and dependents) who had health coverage through the Trust in 2023, including which months they were covered. Forms will be mailed in mid-February, prior to the March 1, 2023 deadline.

The 1095-B forms provide information that may assist you in preparing your taxes, however they do not need to be filed with the tax returns. The IRS has stated that taxpayers need not wait for these forms, and should file their returns as they normally would. Copies of all of the forms will be filed with the IRS by the Health Trust, through its eligibility vendor.

If you have any questions about your Form 1095-B, please contact the Billing & Enrollment staff at 1-800-452-8786, or

Life Insurance Benefit Enhancements

The Health Trust is pleased to announce several enhancements to our life insurance benefits, offered through the Standard Insurance Company, and also a special open enrollment period for those who may wish to add or modify coverage.  These changes take effect April 1, 2024.

The maximum benefit for Basic Life will increase from one times the covered employee’s annual base salary up to $100,000, to one times the annual base salary up to $150,000.  If you are covered by a Health Trust health plan, the Basic Life benefit is included, and is paid for by the Trust.

This maximum salary increase will also be applicable to voluntary Supplemental Life elections of one, two or three times the employee’s annual base salary.  If you have this coverage and your salary exceeds $100,000, your premiums may increase based on the increased volume covered.

Members with the Dependent Life Option B plan may also see an increase in the spousal benefit.  This coverage is equal to half of the employee’s base salary.  Therefore, the maximum benefit will increase to $75,000, from $50,000.  The premiums for this plan increased to $3.75 per month January 1, 2024, and there will not be an additional increase April 1. (There are no coverage changes to the Dependent Life Option A plan.  Premiums for this plan increased to $1.75 per month, effective January 1, 2024.)

The Basic Life benefit for retirees who are covered by a Health Trust health plan will increase from $2,000 to $3,000.  This is paid for by the Trust.

The Health Trust will be offering a one-time special Open Enrollment Period February 15 through March 15, 2024 for an effective date of April 1, 2024.   If you did not enroll in Supplemental or Dependent Life coverage when you were first eligible, or if you would like to increase the amount of Supplemental or Dependent Life you currently have, you may do so during the Open Enrollment period.  If you elect coverage that is less than $375,000, your approval will be guaranteed, and you will not be required to submit medical Evidence of Insurability.  This is subject to the Standard’s eligibility policies, and the plans your employer offers.  If you were previously declined for Supplemental or Dependent Life coverage with your current employer through the evidence of Insurability process, you are not eligible during this special open enrollment period.

If you wish to add or change coverage for April 1, 2024 under this special Open Enrollment, the Life Plan Enrollment Form or Life Plan Change Form must be dated between February 15 and March 15, and received by the Health Trust no later than March 31, 2024.  Forms for established employees received after March 31, 2024 will be subject to evidence of insurability.  We encourage you to consider taking advantage of this one-time opportunity to add coverage to protect your family.

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Health Plan Benefit Changes Effective January 1, 2024

The following changes will be effective for the Health Trust POS and PPO health plans, effective January 1, 2024.

Behavioral Health Services via Telehealth – In order to address access and other barriers to receiving behavioral health services during the pandemic, the Board of Trustees has waived the copayment for members who receive in network mental health or substance use disorder services via telehealth since 2021.  The Board recognizes that the need for these services remains strong.  While visits to primary care and specialty physicians have returned to more normal “in-person” utilization patterns, utilization of telehealth for behavioral health services continues to increase.

In order to facilitate continued utilization of these services, the Board of Trustees has eliminated the copayment for members who receive in-network mental health or substance use disorder services via telehealth.  These services will be paid at 100% for all of the Trust health plans.

Fertility BenefitsEffective January 1, 2024, all Trust health plans will include coverage for medically necessary fertility services, as mandated by the State of Maine. Medically Necessary Covered Services will include procedures to determine an individual’s fertility and services such as artificial insemination (three lifetime cycle limit), egg retrieval and cryopreservation, and in vitro fertilization (two lifetime cycle limit). Please contact the Health Trust for additional benefit details.

Coverage for Recreational ProstheticsEffective January 1, 2024, in accordance with state mandates, all Health Trust health plans will provide coverage for one prosthetic device that meets the medical needs of a participant under age 18 for recreational purposes.

Coverage for Certain Dental Procedures for a member who has been diagnosed with cancer – Effective January 1, 2024, in accordance with a new Maine law, certain medically necessary dental procedures for a member who has been diagnosed with cancer will be covered under all Health Trust health plans. Routine preventive dental care is not covered.

Trustee Changes – Thank You and Welcome

After serving for more than forty years on the Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust Board of Trustees, Richard Metivier, formerly the Finance Director for the City of Lewiston, has retired from the Trust Board, effective December 31, 2023.

Dick was a dedicated member of the Trust Board since its inception, and served as its Chairman from 1993 to 1998. After Dick graduated from Husson College with a B.S. in Business Administration, his first job was for the City of Lewiston as Assistant to the Controller.  This allowed him to work in his hometown, and to gain a highly respected  level of expertise in municipal government and finance.  He has been truly committed to representing the interests of MMEHT members and retirees, and to ensuring they have access to the best possible coverage, and to controlling costs and limiting premium growth. Dick will continue as a nominee of the Maine Municipal Association on the MainePERS board, representing the Participating Local Districts.  The MMEHT Board of Trustees and the MMA staff thank Dick Metivier for his four decades of devoted service to the Health Trust and wish him all the best.

The Board of Trustees would also like to thank Martin Puckett and Belle Ryder for their dedicated service to the Trust.  Martin, the former City Manager of Presque Isle, was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2023, and was the Board’s most recent Chair.  Belle served on the Board from 2021 to 2023, representing the Town of Orono.  Both Martin and Belle have recently taken new positions outside of municipal government, and we wish them well.

The Trust’s Selection Committee has appointed three new Trustees to replace these departing Trustees on the Board.  The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Stephen Fields, Jessica Maloy and Heather Hunter to the MMEHT Board.

Stephen Fields, Town Manager of Corinth, was selected to fill the remainder of the vacant term through December 31, 2023, and then to a three year term commencing January 1, 2024 and ending December 31, 2026.  Stephen has more than ten years’ experience in municipal government in leadership and human resource management roles, representing larger Maine cities and now a very small town. He also served many years in operations management in the Maine Air National Guard.

Jessica Maloy, Finance Director of the Town of Freeport, was appointed as Trustee to fill the remainder of the term ending December 31, 2025.  Jessica has a strong municipal financial background, as she has served 13 years as the Finance Director for two different towns.  She is also the current Chair of the Maine Municipal Tax Collectors Treasurers Association.

Heather Hunter, City Administrator, City of Lewiston, will serve effective January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2026.  Heather has worked for the City of Lewiston for past 34 years, the bulk of which was in the finance department, where she dealt with employee and plan and benefit administration, enrollment, and rate cost-sharing considerations, and also sat on the City’s Wellness Committee.


Additional Crisis Support Resources

In response to the recent shooting in Lewiston, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its behavioral health partner, Carelon Behavioral Health, are offering all Mainers free access to crisis support, regardless of whether they are Anthem members.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine has stated that they “are committed to helping our community heal in the wake of this tragedy,” and “hope that by providing free crisis support to anyone in need, we can support our neighbors and our community during this difficult time.”

Carelon Behavioral Health indicated that mass violence and shootings affect people in many different ways,” which is why “it’s important to share your concerns and monitor your mental health during these extremely difficult circumstances. A phone call can often lessen anxiety, fear and channel our emotional response within times of crisis.”

Any Mainer needing assistance can speak to a behavioral health professional via phone by calling 1-800-580-6934. The crisis support line is confidential and available 24/7 at no cost.

EAP Services Available

The Health Trust expresses its deepest concerns for all affected by the tragic event that occurred in the City of Lewiston. We want to remind our employers and their employees that the Health Trust, in conjunction with Anthem, provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all employers that participate in the Health Trust health plan.  For many employees, talking with a professional resource can be the key to recovering from a traumatic event.

The Anthem EAP covers all employees, even those who are not enrolled in the health plan.  It also covers the household members of all employees.  Unfortunately, retirees are not eligible to use this service.

To access EAP resources, call 1-800-647-9151 or go to and choose Login in the Members box and enter “MMEHT”.

The Health Trust also offers Critical Incident Response (CIR) services to employers who offer the health plan.   This program provides trained professionals to help your employees through times of crisis when they are exposed to events such as this.

For more resources and flyers about the EAP or CIR programs please visit the Health Trust website:

Annual Benefits Open Enrollment

The Health Trust’s Open Enrollment period will begin on November 15, 2023, and end on December 15, 2023, for a coverage effective date of January 1, 2024. Enrollment/Change Forms must be received by the Health Trust by December 15.  If no changes are being made to coverage, no forms are required.

Information regarding premiums for 2024 will be mailed to employer group representatives and participants by mid-November.

New ID cards will be distributed only to members who make coverage changes.

If you have any questions, please contact the Health Trust Billing and Enrollment Department at 1-800-452-8786, ext. 2585 or via email at  Thank you.

Employers: please post this notice about Open Enrollment for your employees.  Thank you.

2024 Open Enrollment Flyer

New Diabetes Prevention Program

We are pleased to offer the Lark Diabetes Prevention Program as of January 1, 2023. This smartphone-based program is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and is based on their well-known Prevent T2 curriculum.

Lark is a personalized digital health coaching that provides education, resources, and support to members at risk for diabetes, accessed through the Anthem Sydney Health app. Eligible members receive a free wireless smart scale upon enrollment.

You can engage in the program at your own pace. It provides digital weight loss support, nutrition therapy with customized feedback through daily check-ins, and customized guidance on sleep and physical activity.

Lark Diabetes Prevention Program Flier

IngenioRx name change

In June Anthem, Inc., the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Maine, changed their name to
Elevance Health and created Carelon, a new healthcare services brand. Anthem Maine will continue to use
their current name.

Effective January 1, 2023, Anthem Maine’s pharmacy benefit manager IngenioRx will join the Carelon
company and change its name to CarelonRx. As a result of this change, IngenioRx Home Delivery Pharmacy
will become CarelonRx Mail and IngenioRx Specialty Pharmacy will become CarelonRx Specialty
Pharmacy. This name change will have no impact on members’ benefits, coverage or how they fill their
prescriptions. Members using the home delivery and specialty pharmacies have been receiving updates on
this change for the past few months, and after January 1 will receive an insert in their first prescription filled
by either of these pharmacies noting the details of the new branding.

Annual Benefits Open Enrollment

The Health Trust’s Open Enrollment period will begin on November 15, 2022, and end on December 15, 2022, for a coverage effective date of January 1, 2023. Enrollment/Change Forms must be received by the Health Trust by December 15.  If no changes are being made to coverage, no forms are required.

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