Benefits Education - Special Beginnings
Special Beginnings is a prenatal program that is available to OSU employees and their dependents who have elected OSU Health coverage. This program is designed to provide expectant mothers with education and support during their pregnancy and postpartum care.
An obstetrical nurse will setup a convenient time to contact the expectant mother periodically to answer any questions she may have, provide education for the mom-to-be regarding fetal development, preventative care, warning signs of complications, pregnancy risk assessments, nutrition, encourage healthy behaviors and newborn care. There is even a 24 hour toll-free Babyline that is staffed by maternity nurses.
Enroll in the Special Beginnings program by contacting BlueCross BlueShield directly at (888) 421-7781. As a bonus, those enrolled in the BlueOptions health plan who enroll in the Special Beginnings program, are eligible to receive a $250.00 deductible credit. Employees enrolled in the BlueEdge High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) who enroll in the Special Beginnings program receive all the benefits of the program but are not eligible for the $250 deductible credit, because IRS rules state the annual deductible amount for an individual HDHP can be no less than $1,300. The 2015 individual deductible on the BlueEdge Plan is $1,500 annually.