Attention Verizon Medicare Eligible members and dependants!!


ATTENTION- Verizon Medicare Eligible members and dependents

There are some valuable programs available to you as a Verizon Medicare Advantage participant.

Participation in these programs can lead to better health and Member participation also helps out at the bargaining table.

You may receive Free gift cards to Target, Home Depot, Amazon and other retailers for participation in House Calls and for getting your yearly exam. Here is some highlights:

  • House Calls is a great supplement to your relationship with your doctor. Information gathered by the Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant or Physician will be sent to your doctor.
  • Silver Sneakers is a FREE Gym membership to one of hundreds of gyms and locations (i.e.: NY Sports Club, SNAP Fitness, LA Fitness, Planet Fitness, Gold’s gym and many more).
  • HiHealth Innovations is a great resource to make your hearing aid benefit dollars go farther.
  • NurseLine provides registered nurses to help answer questions 24/7, providing you with peace of mind and valuable information when you need it.
  • Solutions for Caregivers is a valuable resource for you or anyone you know who may be caring for a family member or neighbor

Call United Healthcare Member Services 877-211-6548 for more info on any of these programs

Retiree Meeting Schedule

please see attached for upcoming Spring and Fall Retiree meetings

Retiree Dental update

Effective 1/1/18, retirees will be covered under the Aetna PPO Dental Plan - Retirees will be able to see the plan information on the BenefitsConnection website beginning on 11/22/17.

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 



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. 


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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