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Lumen HC Plan Q4 2022

New Lumen UHC/MAPD (excludes Qwest Pre 91/ERO 92)
· Lumen UHC/MAPD Announce Letter and Brochure – mailed 9/30
· UHC/MAPD Education Meeting Invite – mailed 10/5, meetings begin 10/19
· Lumen UHC/MAP Plan Guide (includes all details) – mailed 10/17
· UHC/MAPD Education Webinars – begin 10/24
· Lumen Annual Enrollment Guide & Worksheet – mailed week of 10/24
· Lumen Annual Enrollment Period: 11/7 – 11/18
· Webinars hosted by Lumen, UHC and Businessolver to learn about the new Lumen MAPD and how to enroll
o November 7thfrom 2:00pm – 3:30pm CST
o November 15thfrom 2:00pm – 3:30pm CST
Learn About New MyChoice (MCA) Enhancements and 2023 HRA claims submission:
· Post 90 Occ HRA: Thursday, Dec 1 @ 12:00 pm CST
· Post 90 Mgmt/CenturyLink: Tuesday, Dec 6 @ 10:00 am CST
· Embarq SHARE: Wednesday, Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm CST

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Marina Pearson  Lumen  VP posted this to the facebook forum group US WEST/Qwest retirees and wannabes
You can go there to fiollow the comments. You might have to join to read the comments, not sure.
Hi Everyone - I wanted to give you a heads up on a few changes in your Lumen retiree benefits coming in 2023 so you can be thinking about what you want to do when annual enrollment starts (Nov 7 – Nov 18).
For eligible Non-Medicare retirees/dependents:
• The CDHP Opt 1 and CDHP Opt 2 will be combining into one plan – CDHP. Coverage and cost will change.
• Bind is changing their name to Surest. And for 2023, the “add-in” feature for certain services will eliminated. These services will be covered under normal plan provisions. Surest will be the lowest premium cost to retirees.
• A new narrow network plan will be offered in AZ and CO called The Doctor’s Plan which will cost less than the CDHP.
For eligible Medicare retirees/dependents
• Lumen will offer eligible Medicare retirees a new Lumen-sponsored medical plan option in lieu of the Retiree HRA and Lumen Retiree Dental Plan (it's your choice to enroll or not). This new group plan is designed to combine the best features of individual Medicare Supplement, Medicare Part D Prescription Drug (PDP) and Medicare Advantage plans with enhanced benefits from custom group plans. It provides access to any willing Medicare provider, worldwide emergent and urgent care and expanded coverage for nearly all Part D medications at your current pharmacy”.
• Benefits that go beyond Original Medicare like comprehensive Dental, Renew Active fitness, hearing aid discounts, post discharge meals and transportation, acupuncture, chiropractic services, and more
• Expanded clinical and wellness programs including HouseCalls, incentive rewards, and special clinical and wellness programs like for diabetes or heart disease
• Annual out-of-pocket maximums for both your medical and prescription benefits
• The Lumen retiree must be enrolled in a Lumen non-Medicare medical plan or the new Lumen Retiree Medicare Advantage PPO Plus Dental in order for an eligible spouse/dependent to enroll.
• The monthly cost of new plan is determined by your retiree group and retiree medical subsidy cap. Info will be provided in your custom Enrollment Worksheet.
• When enrolling in the new Lumen Retiree Medicare Advantage PPO Plus Dental, the plan replaces both the 2023 Retiree HRA and Lumen Dental Plan for the plan year and cannot be changed until the next annual enrollment period. NO MORE NEED TO SUBMIT CLAIMS TO GET REIMBURSED 🙂
  • For LQ Occ, if enrolling in the new plan you will not receive a new annual allostop the Merdicarecation of HRA dollars; however, you may use your remaining 2022 balance, if applicable, to pay for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
  • If you have a CDHP HRA, you may continue to use the account for eligible out-of-pocket expenses
  • In-person meetings (in limited locations) and live webinars will be offered to learn more about the new plan.
<>• Also new for 2023/24: For LQ Occ, as a result of the recent union contract ratification your remaining 2023 HRA balance will be frozen and can be used for eligible expenses until the balance is used up. Starting in 2024, if you elect the HRA, you will receive your annual contribution (no change in amount) but the unused balance at the end of the year does not rollover to the new year.
Might want to read this Opinion article...
It's time to stop the Medicare Avantage scam before Medicare is dead.


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