The Public Education Health Trust (PEHT) was developed to assist in the procurement of affordable healthcare options in public school districts in Alaska. PEHT has very low administrative costs and the nimbleness to respond to cost-saving measures as they become available.
PEHT supports local control of health insurance plan decisions, providing districts with choices on plans that meet their budgetary and recruitment needs. This is accomplished by providing plans with low-cost options.
PEHT administration carefully analyzes the various benefit offerings and business relationships to ensure they are maximizing clinical and financial outcomes from every healthcare dollar their members invest. PEHT’s vendors provide valuable assistance in reaching these goals.
PEHT’s office in Anchorage is staffed by Rhonda, Rebecca, and Tia. They all work to help PEHT members with the complex world of healthcare and health insurance. Their toll-free number is (888) 685-7526 or you could also reach them at 907-274-7526, Business hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
PEHT’s benefit plans are administered by Employee Benefit Management Services, LLC (EBMS). EBMS is a Montana-based, third-party administrator (TPA) that has been serving clients across the nation for more than 40 years. EBMS utilizes provider networks and direct contracts that reach every city, county, and school district in Alaska to access discounted pricing.
Members who have a question about their medical or dental claims should contact one of EBMS’ knowledgeable, friendly customer service representatives at PEHT’s dedicated toll-free number, (866) 247-1443. They can also log in to the miBenefits portal at miBenefits.ebms.com to obtain answers to most of their benefits questions.
One major benefit PEHT offers members is access to high-quality, lower-cost healthcare through the Aetna Signature Administrator’s (ASA) network of physicians and facilities throughout Alaska and the U.S.
Utilizing the ASA network, PEHT has realized lower healthcare claims expenses for many common healthcare services, while assuring that the quality of services remains strong. In addition to this national network, EBMS on behalf of PEHT has negotiated directly with multiple providers in the Alaska area.
Members who are looking for an in-network provider should access either the Aetna Signature network or the direct contracts directly listed in this newsletter and at pehtak.com/preferred-providers.
PEHT’s focus always has been and remains on its members. Due to their flexibility and ability to partner with vendors that mirror their goals of mitigating rising costs while keeping the health and well-being of every single member in their focus,
PEHT will continue to be the preferred option for Alaska schools in the future.
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STEP 1: Activate your online profile and activate two-factor authentication on Go365.com or on the Go365 mobile app
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Complete a biometric screening with your primary care physician.
To find more information on completing this, log into your Go365 website page and click on:
→ Activities → Prevention → Biometric Screening
Remember, there is also the at-home biometric kit option as well! Members can also complete their biometric screening by completing the at-home biometric kit options. If you have questions, please contact the Public Education Health Trust.
Order your kit now by visiting participant.solutionsforyourwellness.com/product/peht/
DEVICE SYNC TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS
1. Verify that your device is showing connected under the apps/devices tab
2. Ensure you have the most recent Go365 app update
3. Install the latest software on your smartphone
4. Open the Go365 app frequently to ensure data continues to sync
5. Disconnect the Go365 app then reconnect (this should refresh the step data to your account within 24 hours)
If you tried the above and your steps are still not syncing to your Go365 account, please contact Customer Support for further assistance.
Open enrollment is quickly approaching! Every year, you have the opportunity to carefully review your benefits and make changes you’d like to see for the coming plan year (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024).
The upcoming May/June newsletter will provide more information on how to enroll.
If you have questions in the meantime, reach out to the Trust office.
For reimbursement consideration, commercial airline flights may only be scheduled for departure 1-2 days in advance of the first appointment or 1-2 days after the last appointment related to the condition being treated. Consideration for additional days may be given upon approval by the plan administrator.
All non-emergency commercial travel must be pre-approved by the plan administrator (or their designate) using the “Public Education Health Trust Non-Emergency Medical Travel Request Form” or no benefits will be provided. The form can be found at pehtak.com/forms.
Contact the Health Trust by phone. In Anchorage call (907) 274- 7526; outside of Anchorage call (888) 685-7526. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (AKDT).
Transportation benefits in any one calendar year will be limited to two round trips.
Transportation benefits apply only to the illness or conditions covered under this plan. They do not apply to dental care benefits, vision services, routine care, or preventive care exams unless approved by the plan administrator.
A local physician must certify that needed services are not available locally. Transportation benefits for any foreign healthcare will not be covered, including Canadian healthcare.
Transportation benefits will not be given for diagnostic or second-opinion diagnosis unless diagnostic services cannot be provided locally and are deemed medically necessary by the plan administrator. The physician must provide written certification or detailed medical documentation of the existing condition in advance of the trip.
Non-emergency transportation charges will only be allowed for a patient who is a covered person, except for the following circumstances:
After the travel has occurred, a “Public Education Health Trust Non-Emergency Medical Travel Completed Form” must be submitted with the boarding passes and the receipts of the travel, signed off by the attending physician, or no benefits will be provided. All information must be sent to EBMS.
We’ll be making a technology update in the background of Go365, and beginning March 2023, the Go365 app will no longer be compatible with Apple iOS 13 or earlier, or Android OS 8.0 or earlier. To keep racking up those well-earned Points, update the OS on your mobile device to at least Apple iOS 14 or later, or Android OS 9.0 or later. Then, update your Go365 app to the latest version. Complete these actions as soon as possible to ensure continued access to the Go365 app.
Go to pehtak.com/forms, scroll down the page and you will find the Public Education Health Trust Notices. Here you will find COBRA Continuation Coverage, Medicare Part D Disclosure, Notice of Privacy Practices and Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998.
HERE ARE TIPS TO PREVENT ANY SURPRISES AT THE PHARMACY:
• Check if a prior authorization (PA) is needed
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Transcarent Surgery Care covers your surgery, one pre-operative appointment and one post-operative appointment. This also includes anesthesia, surgical site fees and medications given in the facility for your procedure. Plus, if a local surgeon isn’t available and travel is needed, the travel expenses for the patient and a companion are covered.
As a benefit to you, Public Education Health Trust will cover the cost of your surgery when you use Transcarent! If you have a PPO plan, your surgery costs are covered at 100% and there is no deductible or coinsurance when you choose a Transcarent provider. If you are on a high-deductible health plan, surgery costs are covered at 100% after you meet your deductible.
We know that there’s more to surgery than just the surgery itself. That’s why your dedicated Transcarent Surgery Care Coordinator is there to support you with the logistics before, during and after your procedure, so you can focus on healing.
And don’t forget... if you’re not yet ready for surgery but need physical therapy for back, joint, or muscle pain, then Virtual Physical Therapy is also available and included in your health plan.
Spring is on the horizon, but we have a few more months of some heavy lifting. Read on for some great tips on how to properly shovel snow in ways to reduce the risk of injury and make the task more manageable.
Before bundling up and grabbing the shovel, make sure you:
Of course, as Alaskans, we know that shoveling snow is a necessary task during the winter months and that it can be painful in more ways than one. But by following these pointers, such as warming up your muscles before you begin, using a shovel that is the right size for you, wearing appropriate footwear, and taking frequent breaks, you can help to reduce the risk of injury and make shoveling snow a safer and more manageable task.
Please, remember that if you have a history of back or joint pain, it's always best to consult with your doctor before undertaking any physically demanding task such as shoveling snow. With the proper precautions and techniques, you can enjoy a snowy winter without worrying about hurting yourself!
PEHT now has direct contracts with 83 providers to ensure you have access to high-quality, low-cost providers in-network.
The following providers have responded to patients’ requests and have completed an in-network contract negotiation directly with the Trust for the benefit of you and your family.
Advanced Sonograms of Alaska
Alaska Family Health Center
Alaska Natural Health Solutions
Alaska Oncology and Hematology
Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre
Alaska Surgery Center
Alpine Chiropractic (Dr. Fuller)
Alyeska Vascular Surgery
Amy Smith, LCSW, CDCI
Anchorage Neurosurgical Associates, Inc. Arctic Chiropractic at Eagle River
Arctic Chiropractic East Anchorage
Arctic Chiropractic East Mat-Su
Arctic Chiropractic Haines
Arctic Chiropractic Huffman
Arctic Chiropractic South
Arctic Chiropractic West Mat-Su
Arctic Chiropractic Wrangell
Artic Medical Center Matsu
Arctic Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Back in Action Physical Therapy
Birds & Bees Midwifery
Catherine Kilby, MD
Complete Chiropractic and Sports Therapy Dimond Chiropractic
Dr. Brendan Kiernan
Dr. Brent Taylor
Dr. Harbir S. Makin
Dr. Laurence Wickler
Dr. Leslie Morris
Dr. Madeline Morrison
Dr. Sharon Schaefer
Dr. Thomas Desalvo/Dr. Konstantine Bunde Dr. Weston Hopkins
Express Care Clinic
Fireweed Counseling and Wellness
Free By the Sea
Healing Therapeutics-Mark Stiubhard
Ideal Family Medicine
Integrated Wellness and Center for Birth Jaded Body Wellness and Spine Institute Jennie Schroll, LCSW
Jennifer Hunt, AGNP
Jorgensen Family Chiropractic
Labor of Love Midwifery
Luminary Chiropractic Care
Mary DeMers, DO
Mary Margaret Hillstrand ANP
Midnight Sun Oncology
Mind, Body, Spirit Counseling and Consulting Neurobehavior North, Inc
Northstar Cardiothoracic Surgery
Nutrition Partnership, LLC
Pemberton & Young Counseling
People’s Integrative Wellness
Pioneer Peak Orthopedics
Prism Optical of Alaska
Providence Alaska Medical Center
Rainforest Pediatric Care
Silver Moon Acupuncture
Snow Blossom Acupuncture
Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Specialists
Spine and Sport Injury Center dba Complete Family Care
Sports, Personal Injury and Chiropractic Consulting
The Talking Place, Child & Adolescent Counseling
Transitions Counseling; Christina McGauthiar True North TMS
Valley Allergy and Asthma Clinic
Valley Medical Care
Wendi Compton-Karuna Counseling
Wild Iris Integrative Massage (Lawton) Willow Medical and Wellness
Wisdom Traditions Counseling Services
Wolf Eye Center
You can view your health plan’s direct contract listing by visiting pehtak.com/preferred-providers.
Imaging Associates is in the Aetna network and able to provide therapeutic injections along with other specialized services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call:
Anchorage: (907) 222-4624
Valley Office: (907) 746-4646
Call your primary care provider when you are experiencing any health concerns. A virtual visit might be possible. Ask your provider. Primary care is cost-effective care for acute/chronic condition and preventive care, and same day appointments are often available.
Urgent and ExpressCare can see you when you can’t get into your primary care provider. Reserve your spot online to avoid a wait at Urgent/Express Care by visiting providence.org/our-services/urgent- care. Same day appointments are often available at ExpressCare with transparent pricing and extended hours seven days/week. Urgent Care is a cost-effective alternative to the Emergency Department for illness or injuries that aren’t life threatening with no appointment needed.
Call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency or a life threatening condition with severe symptoms! When not an emergency, review your options above. The Emergency Department is the best place to go if there is risk of self-harm or harm to others, for life- threatening conditions, or for severe symptoms that occur suddenly and unexpectedly. The Emergency Department is the highest-cost option for care.