Medicare

It is very important that both the LABF and the City Benefits Management Office (BMO) know your (and/or your covered spouse’s) Medicare status.

2016 marks the end of a three-year phase out of City of Chicago (“City”) retiree healthcare plan coverage. With the exception of those who retired prior to August 23, 1989, retirees will no longer be covered by a City-provided health plan at the end of the year, and these retirees must enroll in other insurance for 2017 to avoid a gap in coverage.

Medicare Eligible City Retirees who have Medicare Parts A and B will need to sign up for other supplemental insurance such as a Medicare Supplement, Part D Prescription Drug plan, or a Medicare Advantage Plan.

The City made arrangements to help Medicare Retirees find supplemental insurance and they have been notified of the following:

· Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (“BCBSIL”) is offering a Medicare Advantage Plan for Medicare eligible City Retirees. Enrollment packets have been mailed to retirees. Call (877) 566-8520 to speak with a BCBSIL representative.

· A Chicago-based company called GoHealth is available to help Retirees explore and compare other options to supplement Medicare. Call (855) 785-7841 to speak with a GoHealth representative.

· For general Medicare questions, Retirees were informed that they should call (800) MEDICARE (800) 633-4227.

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Please note that the LABF is providing this information for your convenience and does not endorse any healthcare plan.

For your convenience, please contact the Social Security Administration or Medicare office should you have any questions about their benefits. 

Social Security Administration (800) 772-1213
Medicare (800) 633-4227. 

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