Although there still could be some change to the Medicare Advantage program, state Sen. Mike Frerichs is urging retired state employees to attend upcoming seminars on the health care plan and to sign up during the enrollment period that runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 13.
The Quinn administration and the Department of Central Management Services are working to see if Urbana-based Health Alliance can be added to the retiree health care contract that already has been awarded to four providers, United Healthcare, Humana Health Plan, Humana Benefit Plan of Illinois and Aetna Life Insurance Co.
Health Alliance underbid competitors for the state contract by potentially millions of dollars, but its bid was thrown out on a technicality.
“There are negotiations, and the administration is working to make some changes to do something differently, but I don’t want to get people’s hopes up unnaturally,” Frerichs, a Champaign Democrat, said Thursday. “We may get some sort of a resolution that creates a new open enrollment period in the future, but that will be in the future and there will be an opportunity to switch later if we work that out.
“Right now they should go ahead and enroll.”
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