State employees have access to special discount savings programs, as well as in-network health care providers to help save money. Check out these discounts and other family-friendly privileges available to you.
Discount Savings Programs
The state of South Carolina offers employee discount programs that enable state employees to save on everyday purchases and services from local and national vendors. To view other family-friendly privileges and unique discount opportunities to help you maintain a healthy balance between work and home life, please visit the Privileges and Discounts section of our website.
Health and Wellness Programs through PEBA
The State Health Plan offers health and wellness resources that can help make it easier for you and your family to stay healthy, most of which are available at no cost to you. These resources help prevent potentially expensive health problems and hospital admissions, which saves you and the Plan money.
Employee Adoption Assistance Program
Financial assistance is provided to eligible state employees to help pay some of the expenses with adopting a child.
The application period is July through September each year for eligible employees who finalized an adoption the previous fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). Once the adoption is finalized through a court system, eligible employees should contact PEBA to request an application. An application must be received by PEBA no later than 5 p.m. on the last business day in September.
PEBA administers the State Employee Adoption Assistance Program. For more information, call 803.734.1696.
Healthcare Providers Out-of-State or Overseas
State Health Plan members have access to BlueCross’ network of participating doctors and hospitals throughout the United States through the BlueCard® program and around the world through BlueCross BlueShield Global® Core.
Network providers throughout the United States through the BlueCard® program agree to accept the Plan’s negotiated rate, or allowed amount, as their total fee, which saves you money. It is better to stay in network if possible. Using an out-of-network provider means paying more for your care. Use the links on the SC Public Benefit Authority’s (PEBA) Find Care webpage to find a network provider, pharmacy, dentist or eye doctor near you.
Through BlueCross BlueShield Global Core, your State Health Plan identification card gives you access to doctors and hospitals in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide and to a broad range of medical services. The BlueCross BlueShield Global Core Service Center can help you find providers in any area where you are traveling. It can also provide other helpful information about health care overseas. Go to BlueCross BlueShield Global Core Global for more information. Be sure to always carry your health plan and prescription drug identification cards when traveling because you may still use them out of state. If you are covered by the State Health Plan and need behavioral health care outside South Carolina, call 800.810.2583 for more information.