CMS Written Responses to Questions on December 2, 2013 -
Click here for informative written answers (received 12/4/13) provided by CMS, in response to some questions posed by a State Senator’s Legislative Director.
Insurance Information Seminar 3: “CMS: Changes in State Sponsored Insurance” at Harper College on December 10 at 9:30AM or 1:30PM in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) -
Central Management Services (CMS) will present this session. CMS has mailed information to 65-and-older retirees…..so you needn’t attend if you already feel clear about your insurance choice. Or come to Harper to hear it all directly from the official source! Completed CMS forms can be handed in at either of these sessions. For those 65+, IF YOU ARE STILL UNSURE about whether you will choose the Federal Medicare-plus-supplements option versus one of the CMS/State’s Medicare Advantage plans, THEN we want to advise you that you could enroll in the federal supplement by its Dec 7th deadline, and then switch to the MA plan by its Dec 13th deadline. This is the only way to preserve your flexibility, since their deadlines are different.To view a list of all CMS seminar dates and locations, go to http://www2.illinois.gov/cms/Employees/benefits/trail/cip/ and click “TRAIL Seminar Schedule.” Impacted retirees may attend any seminar.
Missed Insurance Information Seminar 2: “Alternatives to Medicare Advantage: What are Other Insurance Options?” at Harper College on November 19? Get the Part 1 and Part 2 handouts from that seminar, or watch the recorded seminar on YouTube here as Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.
Missed Insurance Information Seminar 1: “Special Medicare Information Options” at Harper College on October 24?
Get the handout from that seminar here, or watch the recorded seminar on YouTube here as Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.
Medicare and Insurance Update -
The linked documents in this message present important information regarding our changing health benefit options in the College Insurance Program (CIP) which are administered by the Central Management Services (CMS) of Illinois. The first, “Ideas to Consider . . .” was drafted by SUAA President, Bonnie Henry, with editing assistance from HCAA Board Members, Linda Kolbusz-Kosan, Steve Catlin and Jeanne Leininger. The second piece, “Insurance Options Chart,” was developed by Jeanne Leininger with editing assistance from Linda, Steve and Bonnie. President Pat Wenthold performed the final edit to enhance readability and consistency before providing these documents for you.
Our efforts are aimed at preparing you for the notifications and documents that you will soon receive from CMS concerning the new insurance offerings. Correction: Only those retirees who are 65 and older and Medicare Eligible must submit new enrollment documents this year by the December 6th deadline for the Medicare Advantage Plans. If you do not, you and any dependents will be dropped from the CIP plan. Also, please note, that if you drop CIP coverage and elect private insurance, it is unlikely that you will be allowed to re-enroll with CIP in the future.
Please feel free to forward these documents to others who may not be members of HCAA and encourage them to join us.
View the new Insurance Updates page on this website to review previous information as well.
Your Media Picks – submitted by HCAA members for HCAA members
Looking for a good book, a thought-provoking movie, an article chock full of information, or a media-rich website? See what your colleagues are recommending, or share your own “find” by submitting this online form.
- Title: The Power of Words (click on linked name to go directly to online video)
- Media: online video (about 1 minute) and Change Your Words, Change Your World (corresponding print book)
- Recommended by: Sarah Stark
- Teaser: Watch this very short but thought provoking video and then check out or purchase the corresponding book by Andrea Gardner. From Amazon’s website: “A book of transformation and guidance that cheers the spirit and awakens a sense of personal responsibility.”
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