RETIREE'S PLEASE READ AND CLICK ON THE LINK:
2018 Retiree Healthcare Information
Medicare Eligible Retirees that were required to elect coverage last year. We are aware that you all have received your Medicare premium renewals from both Aetna and BCBS (City Sponsored Plan). After seeing the BCBS MAPD Option 1 premium increase and decrease in benefits (copays and out of pocket maximum), we are happy to see that the Local 2 Sponsored Plan with Aetna last year had proved to be a great benefit to our retired Medicare Eligible members and Spouses that were forced to find coverage. It looks like the Aetna plan option 1 $100.00 per month cheaper BCBS renewal rates. That is an annual savings of $1200 per member or $2400 for member and spouse. If anyone is interested in receiving information on the Local 2 Sponsored Aetna plan options they should call Labor First at (312) 248-6508 or (877) 660-7919.
2 Non-Medicare Group Plan Options - Re: Retired
Members that are paying full premium for a Non-Medicare Retiree Plan
Local 2 has
continued to work on a "Group" Non-Medicare alternative for you and
your dependents. We are pleased to announce The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge
No. 7 Chicago and I.A.F.F. Local 2 Chicago Firefighters have been able to
secure plan alternatives structured to provide a benefit level that is
consistent to the BCBS plans that you may currently participate in with the
City of Chicago. These
plans are being administered by Labor First. The same Administrator that
we use for our Medicare Plans. They can be reached at 312-467-7440 (M-F 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. CST).
Deadline for Enrollment is Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
The two plan
options being offered by Aetna are both PPO's and will give you access to
benefits at a lower monthly premium cost than the 2019 BCBS plans that you are
currently enrolled in. One of the biggest differences, other than a lower
premium cost, is access to providers and hospitals. Currently you must select
the BCBS PPO (Option 1) if you use any of the major hospitals within the
Chicago area. The BCBS Blue Choice Select (Option 2) does not give you access
to the teaching hospitals or the Advocate system. Hospitals like Northwestern,
Advocate Lutheran General or Advocate Christ Hospital. This ultimately forces
you to select the more expensive BCBS PPO if you want to continue to see
Doctors at these facilities.
plans being offered have similar network limitations.
called Aetna Open Access Managed Choice POS - Illinois network. This plan has
Aetna's largest National Network and it includes all the teaching hospitals and
Advocate in the Chicago area.
called Aetna Open Access Managed Choice POS - Illinois Savings Plus of Chicago
network. This network is restricted to the Chicago area, but it includes
Northwestern as well as the Advocate System In-Network.
up your providers prior to deciding on a plan selection or call Labor First at
312-467-7440 and speak with a Retiree Advocate who can assist you in your
selection. Not every teaching hospital in the Chicago are in the Illinois
Savings Plus of Chicago network, but it is larger and more inclusive than the
BCBS Blue Choice Select network that you may have today.
Deadline for Enrollment is Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
find the Enrollment Guide and Forms:
2019 Retiree Non-Medicare Enrollment Guide
Non-Medicare Aetna PPO Enrollment Form
Non-Medicare Plan Option 1
Non-Medicare Plan Option 2
you have any questions, please contact Mike O'Neill or Bill Oswald at Local 2 -
CFD FIREFIGHTER AND PARAMEDIC RETIREE MEMORIAL - PHASE IV
IS HERE!! We are proud to announce we have over 80 names for the next 2 granite
tablets that will be ordered soon. Our goal is a minimum of 150 names before
the additional granite tablets are ordered. Retirees....get your name or your retired CFD
loved one's name on the Memorial!! Continue your CFD legacy! It can be just one
name or a whole family of CFD member's names. The CFD Retiree Memorial is
located behind the Flame at the QFA. The cost is $225.00 for a retiree's name,
$150.00 for a widow/er to place their spouses name on the Memorial. It is tax
deductible, we are a 501C3. See attached
application for more information or call Doreen Chambers (773-842-3143) or
Eileen O'Connell (773-844-2541). Thank
you from the CFD Retiree Memorial Committee. Retiree & Deceased Monument - Phase IV - Retiree Monument Form
IAFF Magazine Information - Please Read
Retiree Healthcare - February 2014
Sample Letter to Mayor re Korshak
City of Chicago - Retiree Healthcare Benefits Commission Report
Notice to Retirees - If you are approaching Medicare age (65), make sure you and your spouse get any dental work or eyeglasses before the first day of the month in which you turn 65.
You become Medicare eligible the first day of the month of your 65th birthday. Once you become Medicare eligible you lose your dental and vision coverage, and the City will not pay those bills. If you have any questions - 773-536-0450 x312.
For example: if you turn 65 on May 15, 2011, your dental and eyeglass work (including your spouse's) should be done by April 30th, 2011 in order for the City to cover it.
Important Information regarding DD Form 214 - Social Security Benefit
DD Form - 214 - Social Security Benefit - Good information for all Veterans who served on Active Duty between 1957 and 2001! Please share this with anyone who's had active duty service between January 1957 to December 31, 2001 and planning for retirement. In a nutshell it boils down to this: You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your Military service, for active duty any time from 1957 through 2001 (the program was done away with in January 2002). Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at time of application - which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon your retirement.
YOU MUST BRING YOUR DD-214 TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE AND YOU MUST ASK FOR THIS BENEFIT TO RECEIVE IT!! IT IS NOT AN AUTOMATIC BENEFIT, YOU MUST ASK FOR IT!!
Social Security website: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm This is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security down the road.