UK Retiree Health Benefits Update:
What I Need to Know as a Medicare-Eligible Retiree (Age 65 or Over)
Your UK Prescription Benefit will not change. It will still be administered by Express Scripts. The increased copayment changes that were effective July 1, 2006 will continue.
Retirees SHOULD NOT enroll in Medicare Part D unless they qualify for the “Extra Help” Program through Social Security. The Extra Help program is for low income retirees and provides prescription coverage to eligible seniors for low monthly premiums and low copays. If you have been qualified through the Social Security Administration for Extra Help, please submit documentation to the UK Employee Benefits Office. In this case, you will be able to drop the UK prescription coverage and participate in the UK medical benefit only. To learn more, contact the Extra Help program at (800) 772-1213.
Your UK retiree medical benefit will change from the UK Medicare Carveout Plan to Humana’s Group Medicare Preferred Fee for Service Plan effective January 1, 2007. This plan will offer the convenience of combined Medicare and supplemental UK coverage and fixed copayments for service, including:
Primary Care $5 per visit
Specialist $15 per visit
Hospital Inpatient $175 per admission
The revised UK Medicare-eligible health plan beginning in January 2007 does NOT require any deductibles. You will also be eligible for free memberships to the YMCA and other area gyms. More information will be sent to you in October 2006 along with an application for coverage.
What Do I Need To Do Right Now as a Medicare-Eligible Retiree (Age 65 or Over)?
You may attend one of the two meetings (not required) listed below:
Date Time Location
Thursday, September 7 2:00 P.M. Springs Inn, Lexington, KY
Monday, September 11 10:00 A.M. Springs Inn, Lexington, KY
Wait until October 2006 for UK Employee Benefits to send you additional materials and an application for the new health plan, which is Humana’s Group Medicare Preferred Fee for Service plan.
Sign and return the application to the Employee Benefits Office after you receive it in October.
Participate in the UK Healthtrac Rewards Program. You and your spouse (if covered on your UK health plan) can each earn up to $15 per month for participating in the program. For information, call (859) 257-9355.
Call the Social Security Administration if you think you may qualify for the low-income “Extra Help” program. This program provides low-cost prescriptions through Medicare. You may contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213 to find out if you are eligible. If eligible for Extra Help, you may continue to receive medical coverage under your UK retiree health plan.
Contact the UK Pharmacist Copay Counseling Service at (859) 323-1493, if you take prescription drugs and are looking for ways to lower your cost, or if you have any drug questions.