2018 Open Enrollment for Retirees

Retiree 2018 Open Enrollment Letter

Open Enrollment Letter

ACWA JPIA Retiree Medical Changes Allowed

The District is required to offer retiree medical coverage that meets the requirements and guidelines established by ACWA JPIA and the insurance carriers. This document explains when and what types of changes a retiree can make to their medical coverage.

Retiree Medical Plan Changes Allowed

Summary of Benefits Coverage

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurers and employer groups must provide a summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) to participants and beneficiaries (generally employees and dependents). SBCs must follow standards set forth by the federal agencies.  The SBC helps eligible employees and dependents understand their benefits and coverage by using simple language in a consistent format. The SBC includes brief summaries of:

  • Covered services
  • Examples of coverage
  • Appeals and grievance rights
  • Exceptions and limitations
  • Cost-sharing provisions, including any deductible, coinsurance, and co-payments
  • Continuation coverage

The SBC also contains a phone number to call for questions and the website address where the uniform glossary can be found.

Kaiser Permanente

Anthem Blue Cross   

Plan Summaries

Some find these plan summaries more reader friendly than the Summary of Benefits Coverage.  These are provided for your reference:

Anthem Classic PPO and Advantage PPO Provider Cost & Quality Information

This flyer will help participants compare cost and quality for medical care and prescriptions for the Anthem PPO plans.

Search Tools for Cost & Quality

Anthem PPO Surgical Options for Pre-Medicare Retirees

When selecting providers for surgical procedures, there are two resources to assist participants with finding high quality, lowercost providers.

  • Anthem marks surgery centers in search results at www.anthem.com/ca as “Blue Distinction” if they meet elevated standards for positiveoutcomes, competitive pricing, and regularly perform that surgery.
  • Another option is using Carrum Health to accesseither Scripps (in San Diego) or Stanford (in the Bay Area) for certainsurgeries, including joint replacement, cardiac, lumbar, and bariatricsurgeries. These two providers were selected due to positive outcomes,experience with these particular surgeries, and excellent reputation. Because Carrum Health has negotiated a bundled pricing arrangement with the providers,the surgeries are provided at no cost to the participant. Anthem picks up theparticipant cost share and pays for travel and accommodations for the patientand an adult companion. A Carrum Health care concierge arranges all medical recordtransfer, before and after the surgery, pre-op and post-op appointments, andarranges travel paid in advance. This benefit must be accessed directly throughCarrum Health. Call 1-888-855-7806 for more information.  Carrum Health Information

Medicare Enrollment FAQS 

This flyer will answer employee and retiree questions about Medicare Enrollment as they turn 65 or retire.

Medicare FAQS for ACWA JPIA Plans

Retiree Rates

If you or your spouse is enrolled in a Medicare plan and the other is enrolled in Non-Medicare, please refer to the Mixed Medicare rates.  2018 Retiree Rates

Enrollment Forms

Medical Enrollment / Change Form

Dental Enrollment / Change Form

Required Annual Notices

 2018 Required Annual Notice