Medicare and EHA Information Coming in November

NSEA-Retired and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will be conducting seminars in November to provide you important information about Medicare, NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic (our Medicare supplement), and the options that retirees younger than 65 have for insurance through the Educator’s Health Alliance (EHA).

The Medicare seminars will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon at each location listed below.  This session will cover:  (a) the basics of Medicare; (b) the changes in Medicare for 2018; (c) details of NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic, the Medicare supplement endorsed by NSEA-Retired and underwritten by Blue Cross (with optional dental coverage); (d) changes in Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit, for 2018; and (e) how to use the Medicare web site to find an appropriate Part D provider.

The afternoon session at each site will run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  This session will cover the differences between the four EHA options available to retirees younger than 65.  The four options are:  (a) $900 deductible PPO plan; (b) $2,000 deductible PPO plan; (c) $3,500 deductible, Health-Savings-Account (HSA) eligible High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP); and $4,000 deductible, HSA-eligible HDHP.  Health Savings Accounts will also be explained, as well as how to enroll in an HSA for plans that qualify for one.  Individuals who are enrolled in one of the EHA insurance plans can change to a higher deductible to be effective on January 1, 2018 if they have completed enrollment applications on file by December 1, 2017.  Comparisons of the out-of-pocket costs of each plan design will be described, as well as what you need to do to switch to a different plan design.

The 2017 seminars will be held:

  • Monday, November 6: Omaha; Institute for the Culinary Arts (Room 201A) on the Fort Omaha campus of Metro Community College, 5370 N 30th Street
  • Tuesday, November 7: Kearney; Holiday Inn, 110 S. 2nd Ave.
  • Wednesday, November 8: Lincoln; Southeast Community College, 8800 “O” Street
  • Friday, November 10: Norfolk; NECC LifeLong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave.

Registration is required for these seminars.  CLICK HERE to register.  You will get a screen confirmation of your registration, but no email reminder will be send about the seminars.  If you want a front-row seat, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session.  Again, the Medicare seminars will all begin at 9:30 a.m., and the EHA early-retiree sessions will all begin at 1:30 p.m. at each seminar site.