You all must have been making lots of phone calls and sending lots of emails about the switch to Medicare Advantage and the issue of verification of dependent eligiblity. IEA President Cinda Klickna has sent out a message to IEA members saying as much.
She says that as a result of her fighting to get information, our efforts have gained fruit.
The timeline for dependent eligibility has been pushed back and we will get another letter containing explanations.
As for the switch to Medicare Advantage? It may be good news for those getting hired as CMS trainers.
She says letters will be sent out explaining enrollment timelines and a plan for seminars. That is a good thing.
But it addresses only a very small portion of the concerns retirees have been raising about the switch to Medicare Advantage.
For example, nothing has changed about the short timeline that seniors have been given to make the choice before being tossed out of the system.
Many of us remain concerned about keeping our doctors and continuity of coverage.
As we told you a few days ago, we’ve been fighting to get information about the impending changes to retiree health insurance by the state’s Department of Central Management Services (CMS).
The good news is that it appears the calls by IEA leaders and members to Gov. Quinn are bearing fruit. This afternoon CMS, at the direction of the governor’s office, called me today to make sure IEA members had the latest update on this important issue.
CMS’s trainers have been trained to deal with questions about the insurance changes, allowing the agency to send out the definitive information.
What we know
Letters will be sent from CMS next week to retirees outlining the enrollment timeline, rates and product information.
- Each retiree will also receive a reminder postcard informing them of the enrollment timeline, kits from each vendor that apply to a person’s area of residence and a final follow-up reminder postcard.
- Seminars will be conducted across the state.
- On a separate issue, for those people concerned about verification requirements for dependents, a separate letter will be sent from CMS.
What you should do
Visit the CMS web site.
Please continue to check the IEA website for the latest updates.