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Effective January 1, 2017, DePaul will be offering a new medical plan option for DePaul retirees who are age 65 and over and eligible for Medicare.

We have partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield to offer you a Medicare Advantage plan for retirees. The list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below will answer initial questions you may have about this plan change. Keep an eye out for more information coming this fall!

Why are we changing to the Medicare Advantage plan?

The Medicare Advantage plan is a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan that provides excellent medical and prescription coverage at a lower premium cost to you and the university. It includes additional benefits and features that are not currently available through the Carve-Out plan. Changing to the Medicare Advantage plan also provides access to a Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare specific customer service team.​

How will the Medicare Advantage plan compare to what I currently have with the Carve-Out plan?

The Medicare Advantage plan will offer medical and prescription coverage similar to the current retiree Carve-Out plan with additional benefits that are currently not a part of the Carve-Out plan. More details will be sent in late August.​

When is this change happening?

If you decide to enroll in the Medicare Advantage plan, the coverage will be effective January 1, 2017.​

Can I stay in the Carve-Out plan?

No, the Carve-Out plan will be discontinued as of January 1, 2017.​

I am in the HMO IL plan. Can I stay in this plan?

Yes, HMO IL members can continue to stay in the HMO plan.​

I am currently in the Carve-Out plan. Can I move to the HMO IL plan instead of the Medicare Advantage plan?

Yes, you have the option of moving to the HMO IL or Medicare Advantage plan effective January 1, 2017.​

Will I need to do anything to move to the Medicare Advantage plan for January 1st?

Yes, you will need to complete and return the open enrollment form to DePaul. You will receive an open enrollment information packet, including the form, in late September.​

If my spouse is in the Carve-Out plan, will he/she be eligible for the Medicare Advantage plan?

Yes, your spouse can be enrolled in the Medicare Advantage retiree medical plan. Be sure to include his/her information on the open enrollment form that will be mailed to you in late September.​

My spouse is not Medicare eligible. What happens to his/her medical insurance?

There will be no change to your spouse’s coverage. He/she will be able to continue in the current Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO plan until he/she reaches the age of 65. Your spouse would then be eligible to enroll in the Medicare Advantage plan.​

What if I do not fill out or return the open enrollment form to DePaul?

If DePaul does not receive an open enrollment form from you by the end of October, we will attempt to contact you again to confirm whether or not you want to enroll in the Medicare Advantage plan. If we do not receive a completed form, your Carve-Out plan coverage will end December 31, 2016 and you will not have retiree medical coverage through DePaul as of January 1, 2017. If you waive coverage or do not submit an enrollment form for 2017, you will not be eligible for the retiree medical plan in the future.​

How much will this new plan cost me?

The 2017 cost information will be mailed to you along with the open enrollment materials in late September.​

Do I still need to be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B if I enroll in the Medicare Advantage plan?

Yes, Medicare Advantage requires enrollment in Medicare Parts A and B.​

Do I need to enroll in Medicare Part D?

No. The Medicare Advantage plan includes prescription coverage.​

What do I need to do next?

There is nothing you need to do at this time.You will receive more information in a few weeks that describes the plan in more detail. You can also attend an optional in-person session with Human Resources and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Details are included in the cover letter in this packet. Once you receive the open enrollment packet in late September, be sure to mail back the completed open enrollment form to DePaul by the deadline.​

I still have general questions about the Medicare Advantage plan. Who can I contact?

You may contact BCBSIL at 1-866-487-9251​​ or DePaul’s Human Resources Benefits Department at (312) 362-8232 or​

Can I keep the same doctors I currently have?

Similar to the Carve-Out, as long as your doctor accepts Medicare, your claims will be processed through Medicare Advantage. If your doctor does not accept Medicare, you will be responsible for the entire claim.​

Will my prescription be covered?

​You may review the list of covered formulary drugs here​or contact BCBSIL at 1-866-487-9251​​ for specific questions.