We heard you. We care. The City’s coverage is back. Representatives from COPRA and the Health Care Task Force advocated to give non-Medicare retirees and family members the option to return to City retiree coverage.
You can continue your City retiree medical coverage in 2016 by contacting the City’s Benefits Office at (602) 262-4777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Premiums will be deducted from pension checks.
Non-Medicare public safety retirees will have the State Subsidy applied to their monthly premium.
Why did the City change its mind?
The healthcare marketplace changed a lot for 2016. When compared to 2015, there are fewer plans with lower levels of coverage at a higher cost. These changes could not be predicted when the decision was made to transition retiree coverage to OneExchange. We now know the marketplace can’t provide a comparable level of cost or coverage for City retirees.
What about Medicare eligible retirees and family members?
Medicare eligible retirees and family members have had a better experience finding comparable medical coverage and premium costs running an average of $235 per month.
What about dental coverage?
Dental coverage will be available again no later than June 1, 2016.
How Do I Cancel My Individual Medical Plan?
If you are enrolled in an individual plan that begins January 1, 2016 and you wish to cancel it, contact your insurance carrier directly to cancel the policy and request a premium refund. Do this before January 1st.
A mid-year Open Enrollment will occur in April 2016. Look for an Open Enrollment booklet in the mail.
Please see the reverse side of this postcard for important information about your City of Phoenix retiree medical coverage.
We know you’ll have questions about this news. Please look for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in the mail soon or find them online today at employee.phoenix.gov/benefits.
You received this postcard because:
1) You are enrolled in City retiree medical coverage today [Cigna HMO, BCBS PPO or BCBS Savers Choice High Deductible Plan], and
2) You and/or your spouse or domestic partner are not Medicare eligible."