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NYC HBP Medicare Advantage FAQs

New information and updates about the new NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan. 

Retirees do not have to take any action at this time. A group of City retirees filed a lawsuit challenging the City’s decision to implement the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan. In that case, the Judge has extended the injunction, and adopted April 1 as the new implementation date, with March 31 as the opt-out deadline. The judge also required the City to send a letter to retirees and a new enrollment guide, and to report to the court about the progress in personally contacting providers about their participation. 

Here are a few key points:

  • The Alliance said they would not send out letters until a formal opt-out deadline is set, and they would send them after the deadline.
  • Submitting the opt-out form online will now result in an email confirmation. When an opt-out submission includes an email address, the confirmation will be emailed to that address promptly. (Be sure to check your SPAM folder, as they reportedly sometimes end up there.)
  • Some folks have gotten verbal confirmation of receipt of their mailed opt-out forms by calling the Alliance’s informational 833-325-1190 
  • Until there is a Court decision, no retirees will be moved into the new Medicare Advantage plan. Retirees will remain in the plan they were in for 2021 unless they utilized the once in a lifetime option to change plans or transferred plans during the annual transfer period. Retirees do not have to take any action at this time. 
  • The EmblemHealth / Empire BlueCross BlueShield Senior Care plan will remain premium-free until the new Medicare Advantage plan is implemented.
  • Once the Court announces an implementation date, information will be posted on the NYC Health Benefits Program website and the Alliance website.
  • The PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Silverscript Medicare Part D Prescription Plan will not be affected by your decision to accept the Medicare Advantage Plus plan or to opt out & keep your current coverage

Checklist: How to Enroll or Opt Out of the Alliance Medicare Advantage Plus Program

Didn't get any mailings about the Medicare Advantage Plan? All the info & opt-out forms are on the NYC Health Benefits Program website.

FAQs from the NYC Office of Labor Relations

Welfare Fund FAQs

Medicare Advantage Plus Info Brochure for Providers

Enrollment Guide: The City has published an enrollment guide online "intended for retirees currently on the GHI/Empire BlueCross BlueShield Senior Care plan. Additional versions of the enrollment guide are on the NYC Health Benefits Program website.

Plan Comparison Chart

For additional information, you can call the special call center at 1-833-325-1190, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If you have a question about the Medicare Advantage plan not addressed by the links or contacts above, send it to communications@psccunywf.org.

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