Open Enrolllment Confirmation Mailing - Questions about Medicare

By now, Fund Participants should have received a benefit statement reflecting changes made during the 2016 Fall open enrollment that were effective January 1, 2017.

If you did not make any changes during open enrollment, you only need to check that the information we have for you and your dependents is correct.  If you notice any discrepancies, contact the Fund office immediately.  (301-568-2294)

If you did make changes during open enrollment, please check that the changes were made correctly.  If not, contact the fund office immediately.

Medicare On Tablet

We have received several questions from retirees, questioning why we only reported the Part B information.  The reasons for that are;

  1. If you have Medicare Part B, then we know you have Medicare Part A
  2. Only Medicare Part B qualifies you for the reduced Medicare rate.
  3. There is not enough space on the row to report both Medicare Part A and Part B.

Again, if you still have questions, please call the Fund office.

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Do my spouse and I need to sign up for Medicare?

When you or your spouse becomes eligible for Medi­care, you should enroll in Medicare Parts A and B. For most people, enrollment in Medicare Part A is automatic (there is no premium) when you start receiving benefits from Social Security. You should sign up for Medicare Part B with the Social Security office three months before turning 65. Your monthly premium to Medicare for Part B will be deducted from your Social Security check.

When you become eligible, you are not required to enroll in Medicare Part B, but benefits will be paid by the Plan as if you are enrolled. This means that, if you do not enroll, you or your spouse will have higher expenses because you will be responsible for paying for the benefits Medicare Part B would have covered. After you submit evidence of your Part B enrollment for yourself or your dependent, your HEALTH & WELFARE Plan premium will be reduced. For more information, visit the "If You Become Eligible for Medicare" section on the Life Events page.

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