Knox County Tennessee

Important Notices

HIPAA Special Enrollment Rights Notice

Loss of Other Coverage — If you are declining or have declined enrollment for yourself and/or your dependents (including your spouse) because of other health insurance coverage or group health plan coverage, you may in the future be able to enroll yourself and/or your dependents in this plan if you or your dependents lose eligibility for that other coverage or if the employer stops contributing towards you or your dependent’s coverage. To be eligible for this special enrollment opportunity, you must request enrollment within 30 days after your other coverage ends or after the employer stops contributing towards the other non-COBRA coverage.

New Dependent as a Result of Marriage, Birth, Adoption or Placement for Adoption — If you have a new dependent as a result of marriage, birth, adoption, or placement for adoption, you may be able to enroll yourself and/or your dependents.

To be eligible for this special enrollment opportunity, you must request enrollment within 30 days after the marriage, birth, adoption, or placement for adoption.

Medicaid Coverage — The Knox County Government Plan will allow an employee or dependent who is eligible, but not enrolled for coverage, to enroll for coverage if either of the following events occur:

  1. TERMINATION OF MEDICAID OR CHIP COVERAGE — If the employee or dependent is covered under a Medicaid plan or under a State child health plan and coverage of the employee or dependent under such a plan is terminated as a result of loss of eligibility.
  2. ELIGIBILITY FOR PREMIUM ASSISTANCE UNDER MEDICAID OR CHIP —If the employee or dependent becomes eligible for premium assistance under Medicaid or CHIP, including under any waiver or demonstration project conducted under or in relation to such a plan. This is usually a program where the state assists employed individuals with premium payment assistance for their employer’s group health plan rather than provide direct enrollment in a state Medicaid program.

To be eligible for this special enrollment opportunity you must request coverage under the group health plan within 60 days after the date the employee or dependent becomes eligible for premium assistance under Medicaid or CHIP or the date you or your dependent’s Medicaid or state-sponsored CHIP coverage ends.

HIPAA Privacy Notice

HIPAA requires Knox County to notify you that a privacy notice is available by obtaining a copy from the Benefits Department. Please contact the Benefits Department if you have any questions.

Medicare Prescription Credible Coverage / Part D Notice

Important Notice from Knox County about Your Prescription Drug Coverage and Medicare

Please read this notice carefully and keep it where you can find it. This notice has information about your current prescription drug coverage with Knox County and about your options under Medicare’s prescription drug coverage. This information can help you decide whether or not you want to join a Medicare drug plan. If you are considering joining, you should compare your current coverage, including which drugs are covered at what cost, with the coverage and costs of the plans offering Medicare prescription drug coverage in your area. Information about where you can get help to make decisions about your prescription drug coverage is at the end of this notice.

There are two important things you need to know about your current coverage and Medicare’s prescription drug coverage:

  1. Medicare prescription drug coverage became available in 2006 to everyone with Medicare. You can get this coverage if you join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or join a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) that offers prescription drug coverage. All Medicare drug plans provide at least a standard level of coverage set by Medicare. Some plans may also offer more coverage for a higher monthly premium.
  2. Knox County has determined that the prescription drug coverage offered by the Knox County Health Plan is, on average for all plan participants, expected to payout as much as standard Medicare prescription drug coverage pays and is therefore considered Creditable Coverage. Because your existing coverage is Creditable Coverage, you can keep this coverage and not pay a higher premium (penalty) if you later decide to join a Medicare drug plan.

When Can You Join A Medicare Drug Plan?

You can join a Medicare drug plan when you first become eligible for Medicare and each year from October 15th to December 7th.

However, if you lose your current creditable prescription drug coverage, through no fault of your own, you will also be eligible for a two (2) month Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to join a Medicare drug plan.

What Happens To Your Current Coverage If You Decide to Join A Medicare Drug Plan?

If you decide to join a Medicare drug plan, your current Knox County coverage will not be affected. Your current coverage pays for other health expenses in addition to prescription drugs. If you enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan, you and your eligible dependents will still be eligible to receive all of your current health and prescription drug benefits.

If you do decide to join a Medicare drug plan and drop your current Knox County coverage, be aware that you and your dependents may not be able to get this coverage back.

When Will You Pay A Higher Premium (Penalty) To Join A Medicare Drug Plan?

You should also know that if you drop or lose your current coverage with Knox County and don’t join a Medicare drug plan within 63 continuous days after your current coverage ends, you may pay a higher premium (a penalty) to join a Medicare drug plan later.

If you go 63 continuous days or longer without creditable prescription drug coverage, your monthly premium may go up by at least 1% of the Medicare base beneficiary premium per month for every month that you did not have that coverage.

For example, if you go nineteen months without creditable coverage, your premium may consistently be at least 19% higher than the Medicare base beneficiary premium. You may have to pay this higher premium (a penalty) as long as you have Medicare prescription drug coverage. In addition, you may have to wait until the following October to join.

For More Information about This Notice or Your Current Prescription Drug Coverage:

For further information, contact Knox County Benefits Department at (865) 215-3800. NOTE: You’ll get this notice each year. You will also get it before the next period you can join a Medicare drug plan, and if this coverage through Knox County changes. You may also request a copy of this notice at any time.

For More Information about Your Options under Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage…

More detailed information about Medicare plans that offer prescription drug coverage is in the “Medicare & You” handbook. You’ll get a copy of the handbook in the mail every year from Medicare. You may also be contacted directly by Medicare drug plans.

For more information about Medicare prescription drug coverage:

  • Visit
  • Call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (see the inside back cover of your copy of the “Medicare & You” handbook for their telephone number) for personalized help
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

If you have limited income and resources, extra help paying for Medicare prescription drug coverage is available. For information about this extra help, visit Social Security on the web at, or call them at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

Remember: Keep this Creditable Coverage notice. If you decide to join one of the Medicare drug plans, you may be required to provide a copy of this notice when you join to show whether or not you have maintained creditable coverage and, therefore, whether or not you are required to pay a higher premium (a penalty).

Date: 10/23/2023

Name of Entity/Sender: Knox County, Tennessee

Contact: Knox County Benefits Department

Address: 400 Main Street, Suite 360, Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone Number: (865) 215-3800

Surprise Billing Protections Notice

The No Surprises Act, a new federal law, protects you from getting surprise medical bills when you get out-of-network care:

  • During a medical emergency
  • At an in-network facility (a hospital or ambulatory surgical center)
  • Via air ambulance transports from the scene of an accident or when prior approval is received

Click here to review your rights and protections against surprise medical bills.

The link below leads to the machine-readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule. The link includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.


Group health plans and health insurance issuers generally may not, under Federal law, restrict benefits for any hospital length of stay in connection with childbirth for the mother or newborn child to less than 48 hours following a vaginal delivery, or less than 96 hours following a cesarean section. However, Federal law generally does not prohibit the mother’s or newborn’s attending provider, after consulting with the mother, from discharging the mother or her newborn earlier than 48 hours (or 96 hours as applicable). In any case, plans and issuers may not, under Federal law, require that a provider obtain authorization from the plan or the insurance issuer for prescribing a length of stay not in excess of 48 hours (or 96 hours).

Pretax Contributions

In most cases, employee contributions for health coverage are deducted from their paychecks on a pretax basis meaning before federal income taxes, state income taxes (in most cases), and FICA taxes are calculated. Internal Revenue Code (I.R.C.) Section 152 defines what dependent contributions are eligible for pretax deductions. The IRS does not allow employees’ contributions for dependent health coverage to be deducted on a pretax basis unless the dependent(s) meet the definition of a tax dependent under I.R.C. Section 152. If they do not meet the definition of a tax dependent, they may be either ineligible for the Plan, or in some cases, the IRS taxes the additional fair market value of these benefits and treats it as Imputed Income. Contributions for medical, dental and vision coverage for eligible dependents that do not meet the definition of a tax dependent will be made on a post-tax basis and the Imputed Income will be included on your paycheck and IRS Form W-2. With the signing of the Affordable Care Act and new regulations by the Treasury Department, the value of any employer-provided health coverage for an employee’s child is excluded from the employee’s income through the end of the taxable year in which the child turns 26.

Under IRS Notice 2010-38, a child is defined as son/daughter, step son/daughter, adopted child or eligible foster child, without regard to whether the child is financially supported by the employee or resides with the employee or is a full-time student.

Wellness Program – Reasonable Alternative Standard

Knox County is committed to helping you achieve your best health. Rewards for participating in a wellness program are available to all employees. If you think you might be unable to meet a standard for a reward under this wellness program, you might qualify for an opportunity to earn the same reward by different means. Contact us at 865-215-3800 and we will work with you (and, if you wish, with your doctor) to find a wellness program with the same reward that is right for you in light of your health status.

Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act

If you have had or are going to have a mastectomy, you may be entitled to certain benefits under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA). For individuals receiving mastectomy-related benefits, coverage will be provided in a manner determined in consultation with the attending physician and the patient, for:

  • All stages of reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy was performed;
  • Surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance;
  • Prostheses; and
  • Treatment of physical complications of the mastectomy, including lymphedema.

These benefits will be provided subject to the same deductibles and coinsurance applicable to other medical and surgical benefits provided under this plan. Therefore, the following deductibles and coinsurance apply:

Option 1

Option 2 / Option P

Option 3







Deductible Indv./Fam.

$2000 /

$6000 /

$1500 /

$4500 /

$500 /

$1500 /








If you would like more information on WHCRA benefits, call the Benefits Department at 865-215-3800. However, the plan may apply deductibles, coinsurance, and copays consistent with other coverage provided by the Plan.