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Medicare Advantage 2014 Open Enrollment Information

Medicare Advantage 2014 Open Enrollment Information

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Posted: 
November 20, 2014
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                                         Updated January 15, 2015

The State of Illinois offers annuitants and survivors a healthcare program called Total Retiree Advantage Illinois (TRAIL). This program provides eligible members and their covered dependents comprehensive medical and prescription drug coverage through Medicare Advantage plans (commonly referred to as “MAPD” plans). The State of Illinois Group Insurance Program also includes vision coverage and optional dental and life insurance coverage.

The 2015 plan year began January 1, 2015, and will run through December 31, 2015.

Enrollment Packets
All newly-eligible annuitants and survivors, as well as those currently enrolled in one of the State's MAPD plans, received a TRAIL Enrollment packet in October. The packet included the TRAIL Decision Guide. The Guide included an explanation of the plan options, plan comparison chart, rate chart, county-by-county coverage map, FAQs, and contact information for the plan administrators.

Members already enrolled in one of the TRAIL Medicare Advantage plans, were not required to do anything unless they wanted to make a change. If a change was needed to the current Medicare Advantage health plan election, or dental or dependent coverage, members were required to complete and return the TRAIL Enrollment Form to SURS, P.O. Box 2710, Champaign, Illinois 61825.

Members new to the TRAIL Medicare Advantage plan this year, had to select one of the State's Medicare Advantage plans by completing the TRAIL enrollment form and submitting it to SURS, P.O. Box 2710, Champaign, Illinois 61825. Members remained enrolled in their current state health plan through December 31, 2014. The Medicare Advantage plans began January 1, 2015.

Canary Yellow Letter from the Illinois Department of Central Management Services
Newly eligible SURS members should  have received a letter (on canary yellow paper) notifying them of the TRAIL Medicare Advantage enrollment period.

Beginning with the 2015 plan year (starting January 1, 2015) all Illinois counties have an HMO and PPO option. Annuitants and survivors residing outside Illinois may elect the PPO option available nationwide. Refer to this year's TRAIL Decision Guides for complete information.

College Insurance Program TRAIL Decision Guide
State of Illinois Group Insurance Program TRAIL Decision Guide

Available Plans
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has contracts with the following Medicare Advantage Plans:

Coventry Advantra -
a Medicare Advantage HMO Plan
855-223-4807
www.aetna-coventryretiree.com/soi
Health Alliance Plan -
a Medicare Advantage HMO Plan
877-795-6131
www.healthallianceretiree.org/soi
Humana Health Plan -
a Medicare Advantage HMO Plan
800-951-0125
www.humana.com/soi
Humana Benefit Plan -
a Medicare Advantage HMO Plan offered in Livingston and Knox Counties
800-951-0125
www.humana.com/soi
United Healthcare –
a nationwide Medicare Advantage PPO
888-223-1092
www.uhcretiree.com/soi

View a map of Medicare Advantage Plans by county.

Please read the information provided by CMS carefully. Members may call SURS at 800-257-7877 or 217-378-8800 with questions.

Complete program information for both the College Insurance (CIP) and the State Employees’ Group Health Program is available on the CMS website at  http://www2.illinois.gov/cms/Employees/benefits/trail/Pages/default.aspx.