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Verizon Medicare Eligible Retirees Meeting Update

The attached is a comprehensive list of all meetings.  Those meetings highlighted in yellow are additional meetings that were added to accommodate the delay in invitation mailing.  This list also includes a few additional meetings that were requested by the Union.

Retiree meeting invitations are being mailed in waves, with the second wave mailing last week covering meetings scheduled starting October 24.  The last wave of invitations, which are mailing now, are for the additional meetings recently added.

IBEW 827 Retiree meetings are taking place in October also. Please check the calendar for dates and locations. These meetings sponsored by the Union are in addition to , not a replacement, for the Verizon/United Healthcare meetings. 
 

UHC Medicare Advantage Pre-Enrollment MCN Guide

 This is a UnitedHealthcare initiated communication that will be mailed this month to any retiree and/or dependent who will be Medicare-eligible as of January 1, 2017 and will be transitioned to the MCN Advantage Plan option.

Please plan on attending an orientation meeting to become informed and ask any questions you have. IBEW 827 will also hold our regular Fall retiree meetings. These meetings are not a replacement for the Vz/UHC meetings. Please arrange your schedules to attend both. 



 

2016-17 Peter J. Casey Scholarship

This Scholarship is open to High School seniors. See attached for info.

ATTENTION MEDICARE ELIGIBLE VERIZON RETIREES

Verizon/UnitedHealthcare will be holding educational meetings (live), teleconferences (live and recorded) and recorded online presentations (available 24/7) for the Medicare Advantage plan which will become effective January 1, 2017. The attached is a list of live meetings and teleconference dates.

**Meeting Updates for Pennsylvania**

UHC is aware of the issue with the mailings and the meetings have been rescheduled for those areas.

For Bucks, it will now be on November 8th at

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Bucks County

4700 E. Street Road

Feasterville-Trevose, PA, 19053

(GPS—use Trevose)

For Montgomery, it will now be on November 9th at

Sheraton Valley Forge

480 North Gulph Road

King of Prussia, PA, 19406

Both meetings will still have the same time schedule. Two meetings on both days from 10:00am – 12:00pm, and then the second one from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. 

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ATTENTION MEDICARE ELIGIBLE VERIZON RETIREES

ATTENTION MEDICARE ELIGIBLE VERIZON RETIREES-

The attached guide is the next mailing Retirees who are Medicare eligible will receive from Verizon. Please keep this guide for future reference.

As posted previously, Local 827 will post any mailings that you will receive from Verizon/UnitedHealthcare which pertain to you as a Medicare eligible Verizon Retiree.

As we come closer to the end of the year you may receive mailings and contacts regarding Medicare from outside carriers and agencies. List are readily available to anyone who wants to purchase Medicare lists. Disregard any information unless you see it on the IBEW Local 827 website.

In person meetings will be conducted by Verizon and United Healthcare as well as teleconferences and recorded messages. We will post this information as it becomes available.

Local 827 will conduct Fall Retiree meetings beginning in October. Please check the Union website for dates, times and locations. We hope to see you all at the Retiree meetings.

FREE Verizon Biometric Wellness Screening (ACTIVE MEMBERS ONLY)

You can schedule an appointment for a free and confidential biometric wellness screening as part of Verizon's wellness program. This company-sponsored service is offered at no cost to you, and can help you begin your quest for better health. You can schedule an appointment at a Verizon onsite event, or one of 2,200 convenient Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers nationwide.

  • Schedule your appointment today (https://www.verizonbenefitsconnection.com/WellConnect/MyHealthVault.aspx) or
  • Select About You>WellConnect
  • Select MyHealthVault and click Schedule Your Screening/Schedule your Quest Diagnostics Blue Print for Wellness Screening
  • You will arrive at the Quest Diagnostics site where you can select Schedule Now and follow the instructions to schedule your appointment

After scheduling your appointment, you should receive confirmation and appointment reminder emails. You'll also receive an email when your results are ready online. Your printed report will arrive in the mail 2-3 weeks after your screening. 

(ACTIVE MEMBERS ONLY)

THINKING ABOUT RETIRING OR ALREADY RETIRED?

If you are thinking about retiring or have already retired, make sure you are make well informed choices on where your retirement money is invested.

The following worksheet is an easy way to decipher the sometimes confusing aspects of investing your money wisely. As you evaluate the best place to invest your money or look to see if your current investment choices are making as much money as possible for you----use this worksheet to simplify the process and compare “apples to apples”. Ask investment advisers the questions on this form so you can intelligently compare investors, fees for products offered, and assure that your money is working for YOU.

For members who are currently considering the EISP offer, Nuno Pereira, Division Vice President at Scarborough Alliance, (877) 699‐1211,  will be offering workshops across the state. Nuno has more than 19 years of experience in the investment services industry and is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. See the attached flyer for dates and times of these workshops. We encourage members to attend and get specific information regarding retirement, the EISP, and how to wisely invest your money.  

Important Retiree Medicare Advantage Info

ATTENTION VERIZON RETIREES- 

United Healthcare has been selected as the carrier for the Medicare Advantage PPO plan. This plan will replace your Medicare and Verizon/Anthem Supplemental Insurance. You will have just one card to use to get your  Medicare benefits.

Communications from Verizon are on their way to your homes the week of Sept 5, 2016. You MAY receive one of the three letters attached. If you receive one of these communications you must respond by November 18, 2016. IBEW 827 will post communications that will be mailed to you, as they become available, on our webpage under the following path: “Benefits>Verizon Benefits>Medicare”.

Education seminars , as well as web based training ,will be scheduled and communicated to you in the near future. We look forward to seeing you at these meetings where the plan will be explained and your questions answered.

Sign up for the IBEW Local 827 app to be automatically notified as new information is posted.

Important Notice to Verizon retirees!

It has come to our attention that someone may be calling Verizon retirees and trying to visit you to explain your "Verizon benefits". No one is calling retirees to explain benefits so please do not get roped into this. If someone calls you get their name and phone number and ask who the company is that they are calling from and forward that information to us. In the 
upcoming weeks you will get information about the new Medicare Advantage. Any letters being sent to you will be posted on the Union's website. Please watch out for scams! If you get any letters stating that they are contacting you about your Verizon benefits and those letters are not the same as what is posted on the union website please send them to VP Karen Lane at Klane@ibew827.com 
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