Navigation Links
Office of Administration Extends Retired State Employees Health Benefits Enrollment Period to March 21

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Office of Administration today announced it has extended the enrollment deadline to March 21 for retired state employees to select a new medical plan. The new plans will become effective on May 1.

"We understand choosing a health care plan can be difficult, and we have heard retirees' requests for additional time to make careful decisions about their medical options," Secretary of Administration Naomi Wyatt said. "Therefore, we are providing another month for state retirees to choose the best medical plan for themselves."

Retirees qualifying for Medicare will continue to have three medical plan options to choose from: a Medicare health maintenance organization (HMO); a Medicare preferred provider organization (PPO); or a Medicare private fee-for-service plan. The latter plan is a new option that simply combines traditional Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare supplemental and major medical, which will result in reduced paperwork for retirees and, in most cases, fewer out-of-pocket expenses.

"The commonwealth, like other employers, is confronted with rising health care costs. These changes are necessary if we're going to combat health care-related costs, use taxpayer money cost-effectively, and continue to provide what will still be one of the most generous retiree health care plans in the country," Wyatt said.

Last September, the Office of Administration announced changes to the commonwealth Retired Employees Health Program that will preserve health care benefits for current and future retired state government employees.

"We are committed to continuing to provide a generous and comprehensive health care plan to our retirees," Wyatt said. "Some benefits will change, some health and wellness benefits will even be added -- but no benefits are being eliminated."

In just four years, the annual costs for the Retired Employees Health Program have increased 63 percent -- from $336 million to $550 million. Last year alone the commonwealth spent an average of $9,250 on health care benefits for each retiree.

Under the new plan, the commonwealth will reduce projected cost increases by $94 million annually.

State retirees who need assistance can call the Pennsylvania Employee Benefits Trust Fund's toll-free hotline at 1-800-522-7279, or can get information online at


Mia DeVane

(717) 772-4237

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of Administration
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. ResMed Names Kieran Gallahue as Chief Executive Officer, Effective January 1, 2008.
2. WorldHeart Appoints David Pellone Chief Financial Officer
3. Mediware Names Thomas K. Mann Chief Executive Officer
4. Dr. Allen Woolf Appointed Chief Medical Officer For CIGNA Group Insurance
5. VNUS Medical Technologies Announces Resignation of Chief Financial Officer and VP, Finance & Administration
6. Coalition America Announces Addition of Mollie Gordon Brown as Chief Strategy Officer
7. STERIS Corporation Board of Directors Names Walter M. Rosebrough Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer
8. Karen Vigil Named Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Shield of Californias Individual, Small Group, and Government Business Unit
9. PA Department of Public Welfare Begins Outreach to Medical Assistance Consumers Following Burglary at State Office Building
10. NNN Healthcare/Office REIT Acquires St. Mary Physicians Center in Long Beach, California
11. Response Biomedical appoints S. Wayne Kay Chief Executive Officer
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The print component of “Supporting ... Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Minneapolis, South Florida, with a circulation of approximately 250,000 ... through a vast social media strategy and across a network of top news ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only dating community in the world, revealed that over 50% of its ... 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – or 67% of the population - ... estimates of HSV-1 infection . , "The data shocks us highly!" said Michelle Li, ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Wilmington, DE (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 ... ... a member of the well-respected Microsoft Dynamics SL User Group (MSDSLUG). Recognized as ... is an independent group of Microsoft Dynamics SL software users, partners, industry experts ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 ... ... you start failing. Secura Consultants has prided itself for not only fulfilling the ... best income protection solutions at an affordable price and providing top-tier customer service. ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded accreditation to its ... exclusive list of CAAHEP accredited colleges, as only one of twelve colleges and universities ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) has announced ... Outlook to 2019 - Rise in Cardiac Disorders and Growing ... to their offering. Boston ... scientific and others. --> The market ... Boston scientific and others. ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Nov. 26, 2015 Research and Markets ... the "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies ... Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive Intelligence, Emerging ... --> --> This ... the Japanese therapeutic drug monitoring market, including emerging ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... 2015 ... the  "2016 Future Horizons and Growth ... Testing Market: Supplier Shares, Competitive Intelligence, ... --> ) has ... Future Horizons and Growth Strategies in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: