Your coverage begins on the first day of the calendar month coinciding with or following the date you begin employment and are actively at work. Coverage for your enrolled dependents begins when your coverage becomes effective.
If you do not enroll within 31 days of the date you begin employment, you cannot enroll yourself and your dependents until the next open enrollment period or within 31 days of a special eligibility situation. To set up an appointment, please contact your Benefits Office at 843-349-5085 or 843-349-4129. Open enrollment is held every October of odd years. You may visit the Public Employees Benefit Authority website at www.eip.sc.gov or the Blue Cross/Blue Shield website at www.southcarolinablues.com for additional information.
Basic Dental Plan
The State Dental Plan is a fee for service program providing preventive and diagnostic, basic, and major dental coverage. This plan is available to you at no charge; however, there is a small monthly premium to cover eligible dependents. Orthodontic coverage is available for children under age 19. There are four classes of service: Class I (Preventive/Diagnostic); Class II (Basic Services); Class III (Prosthetics) and Class IV (Orthodontics). The maximum benefit per year for classes I, II, and III is $1,000 per covered person. Class II and Class III have a combined annual deductible of $25 for each covered person.
Dental Plus Plan
Dental Plus is an additional dental option that provides a higher level of coverage for services covered under the State Dental Plan. You are required to carry the same level of coverage in Dental Plus as in the State Dental Plan. The combined annual maximum benefit for the State Dental Plan and Dental Plus for services in classes I, II and III will be $2,000 per covered person (compared to $1,000 with the State Dental Plan alone). There are no additional deductibles and coinsurance under the new program. Dental Plus premiums are paid entirely by you with no contribution from the state. Dental Plus premiums are in addition to the premiums for Basic Dental. Dental Plus does not offer orthodontia benefits.