As of 1/1/12, Blue Cross Master Medicalwill no longer be offered to any city employee. Within the BTU only retirees have been eligible for this plan. To accommodate people on the switch to another plan. a meeting has been set up for Monday, 10/17, from 10-2 at the BTU. Present at the meeting will be representatives from all organizations, vendors, and the city. The BTU consultant John Brouder, will also be present. Food will be served.
Other meetings are scheduled as well: at Florian Hall on 10/27, from 12 – 3; and at Faneuil Hall on 11/1 from 10-2. The Open Enrollment period for making any changes is from 10/17 to 11/11. Anyone who does not elect to change or who does not respond A letter will soon be going out to explain the procedure. will be automatically assigned to Blue Care Elect Preferred. See here:
No one will be left without coverage, and there will be no interruption of coverage. Replacement coverage is more than suitable.
Also, as of July 1, under new state law on health care, all retirees who are eligible have to switch to Medicare. Those who switch will be eligible to purchase a Medigap Plan, which, when added to Medicare A and Medicare B, will give all the actuarial equivalent of the health coverage they currently enjoy. The cost of the switch to Medicare is generally lower or equal to current coverage. Meetings and explanatory sessions on this topic will be held AFTER the switch from Master Medical is completed, sometime after January 1.