There has been some confusion over the change in the health care plan offered by the TRB. After consulting with our Insurance Chair, Rick Follman, we are offering the following information. Hopefully this will answer some of your questions.
Ed Messina, President of ARTC
The focus of the committee was on changes to retired teachers' health insurance. With the help of numerous ARTC members, the Legislature was persuaded to add $16.1 million to the funds that had originally been provided to the Health Insurance Premium Account (HIPA). Without the additional funds, the account would have been insolvent by the fall of 2018!
The additional funding will allow the fund to pay health claims through 2019. Because the future of HIPA is uncertain, The Committee's plans and actions center about
Retired Teachers do not have a union. We do not have a contract with the State. We rely on the Legislature to hear our voices and to keep the State's promise.
The Teachers' Retirement Board is implementing a Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan effective July 1, 2018. Beginning July 1, 2018, the Anthem MA plan will be the default plan. Stirling will remain as a "buy-up" option.
All TRB Health Plan members will be automatically enrolled in the Anthem MA Plan, unless they elect to "Opt-Out" and remain in the Stirling plan. Prior to April 1st, pre-enrollment kits will be sent to members including a full benefit plan description as well as "Opt-Out" instructions.
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