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.
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.
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.
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.