We’re pleased to announce that we’ve received *NEW* information on how charter schools can opt into the State Health Benefit Plan!
Public charter schools in Georgia now have multiple opportunities to sign up for the SHBP after state lawmakers approved SB 59 during the most recent legislative session. GCSA championed SB 59 along with key legislators.
We anticipate a more formalized process in the coming months. For now, here is how Georgia public charter schools can opt into Georgia’s health plan:
New Charter Schools: upon initial approval of its charter
- Timeframe: 6 months from initial charter approval date
- Documentation Required: Executed Charter
Existing Charter Schools: upon renewal of its charter or upon the expiration of its current health care plan
- Timeframe: 6 months from renewal charter approval date or 6 months from expiration of their existing or former health care plan
- Documentation: (1) Letter from current health plan on the health plan’s letterhead with termination date included in the Letter (2) existing or former health plan contract with term date included in the contract
For additional information, you can also visit the SHBP website or contact Kaleema Thomas, Program Manager, State Health Benefit Plan. Prior to the passage of SB 59, state and local charter schools could only sign up for the SHBP during their first year of operation.