Retirement

Important Update for Medicare Eligible Members!

                                      90-Day Supply of Diabetic Supplies (lancets/test strips) at Retail for Medicare Eligible Members

As of May 2017, Medicare eligible participates can fill a 90-day supply of diabetic supplies at retail. These supplies are covered under Medicare Part B using your United Health Care (UHC) Verizon Advantage Plan ID card.  If there are any issues with filling the prescriptions, please request the pharmacy contact UHC (number located on the back of your ID card).

Important Contact Numbers for Actives/Retirees**Updated December 2016**

see attached sheet 

ATTENTION VERIZON RETIREES- MEDICARE PART D INFORMATION FROM VZ

ATTENTION VERIZON RETIREES- MEDICARE PART D INFORMATION FROM VZ

We understand that certain retirees are tripping the income related threshold for Medicare Part D (Rx) premium.  By way of background, Verizon Medicare retirees are enrolled in Medicare Part D through the company sponsored EGWP. Most retirees do not have to pay a Medicare premium associated with this coverage, like they do for Medicare Part B. However, retirees with reported income over a specified IRS threshold are assessed a premium based on their income level. This is known as IRMAA (Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts)

CMS (Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services)-required Evidence of Coverage (EOC) document for the MCN Advantage Plan

 This is CMS (Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services)-required Evidence of Coverage (EOC) document for the MCN Advantage Plan.  The contents of this document are dictated by CMS requirements.  The EOC will mail with the retiree welcome packets starting the week of December 19th to ensure members have them in hand for the 1/1/17 effective date of the plan.

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. 
 

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. 

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.

Spring Retiree Meetings

All Spring Retiree Meetings will go on as scheduled, each beginning at 9am with coffee and danish. Please see the calendar on the right for locations.

Retiree Part B Notice

The Verizon Benefits Center included a letter in the April 2016 Part B Reimbursement payments stating the summary form will no longer be automatically mailed and members can retrieve this information from the Verizon Benefits Center website (www.verizonbenefitsconnection.com).  However, if you do not have access to a computer or would like to receive a paper copy of the summary explaining the payment, please contact the Verizon Benefits Center at 1-855-489-2367 to request.

ATTENTION Medicare eligible dependents and retirees

You will receive a letter from Medco (see attached) explaining the process for obtaining diabetic supplies.

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