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File #: 190693.    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Passed
File created: 11/26/2019 In control: City Commission
On agenda: 12/5/2019 Final action: 12/5/2019
Title: Continuation of the Medicare Supplement Program as Awarded to McGriff Williams Insurance Agency and Florida Blue (B) This item request the City Commission to award the City’s Medicare Supplement Options to McGriff Williams and to designate them as agent of record.
Attachments: 1. 190693_Medicare Supplement Program Presentation 2020_20191205.pdf
Title
Continuation of the Medicare Supplement Program as Awarded to McGriff Williams Insurance Agency and Florida Blue (B)

This item request the City Commission to award the City’s Medicare Supplement Options to McGriff Williams and to designate them as agent of record.

Explanation
The City of Gainesville provides access to its Group Health Plan to all eligible retirees. In an effort to meet the changing demographic and demands of our retirees, the City of Gainesville initiated an Invitation to Bid (ITB) for Medicare Supplement plans C, F and G. By allowing access to a supplement directly from the City, our Medicare eligible retirees will be able to leverage the City’s retiree health insurance subsidy towards the cost of a Medicare Supplement as opposed to only being able to use it to offset the cost of the City Group Health Plan. For those retirees eligible for Medicare (age 65 and older) the City’s group health plan is secondary to Medicare A and B.

The City’s plan has been used as a supplement to Medicare parts A and B, in addition, the plan provides prescription drug coverage as a substitute for Medicare Part D. The City’s plan provides excellent prescription drug coverage but is not as effective as a supplement to Medicare Parts A and B, due to its calendar year deductible and hospital copays. The City provides a subsidy for our Group Health Plan and it is the subsidy that makes our plan a cost effective alternative to a true Medicare Supplement. Medicare Supplements are designed specifically to cover the gaps in Medicare and are a much more efficient method in many cases to fill the gaps in Medicare for our retirees. Specifically, individuals with low prescription costs will have access to a better method to cover those gaps. Enrolling in the supplement will necessitate the retiree enroll in a Medicare part D drug plan. The use of the supplement will be a voluntary option and not a requirement of Medicare eligible retirees and their spouses. ...

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