Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment (OE) is the time of year to review current enrollments and elect changes for the following Plan Year, with changes becoming effective on January 1st. Open Enrollment changes can be made anytime between 8:00 am, Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

Information about the upcoming Open Enrollment period will be available starting October 16, 2019, on the UCnet site located here

 

There are significant changes coming in 2020, please take a moment to review the details outlined below.
Key sections included in this page are:

Open Enrollment Presentations for retirees hosted by the UC Santa Cruz Benefits Office
Health Net Seniority Plus will end on December 31, 2019
UC Medicare Choice Informational Town Hall Meetings
Kaiser Senior Advantage Informational Presentations

 

Open Enrollment Presentations for Retirees

This year there will be three presentations hosted by the UC Santa Cruz Benefits Office specifically for retirees. Reservations are not required for these presentations.

November 1, 2019
10:00 - 11:30 am
Where: Scotts Valley Center, room 1101 (Training Room) located at 100 Enterprise Way, Scotts Valley
See the location on Google maps here

 

November 8, 2019
10:00 - 11:30 am
Where: Located on campus at the Cervantes and Velazquez Room, at the Bay Tree Conference Center
See the location on Google maps here

 

November 19, 2019
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Where: Scotts Valley Center, room 1101 (Training Room) located at 100 Enterprise Way, Scotts Valley
See the location on Google maps here

 

In addition to the three presentations listed above, the UC Santa Cruz Benefits Office will be holding an Open Enrollment Fair for staff, faculty, and retirees on November 5th.

November 5, 2019
11:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: On campus at the Haybarn
See the location on Google maps here

 

 

Health Net Seniority Plus will end on December 31, 2019

UC Medicare Choice will replace Health Net Seniority Plus Medicare Advantage HMO. Health Net Seniority Plus will no longer be offered by the University of California, beginning January 1, 2020.

UC Medicare Choice, a Medicare Advantage PPO (MA PPO), a medical and prescription drug plan, will replace Health Net Seniority Plus HMO in the UC plan offerings for Medicare-eligible retirees. During this year’s Open Enrollment (Oct. 31 – Nov. 26, 2019), retirees eligible for Medicare and UC retiree health coverage will have the option to enroll in the new MA PPO or any of the other UC Medicare plans.

If you are enrolled in Health Net Seniority Plus and you do not take action during Open Enrollment, you and eligible family members enrolled in Medicare will be automatically enrolled in the UC Medicare Choice MA PPO on January 1, 2020. If you have family members who are not Medicare-eligible, they can remain in UC Blue & Gold HMO, which will be the “partner” plan for UC Medicare Choice MA PPO.

For additional information, please see the September 2019 edition of New Dimensions located here

Town Hall meetings will be held in October to introduce the UC Medicare Choice plan, please see below for information on attending.

 

 

UC Medicare Choice, Informational Town Hall Meetings

New for 2020, UC Medicare Choice, a Medicare Advantage PPO, is a medical and prescription drug plan. The insurance carrier for UC Medicare Choice is United Healthcare. UC Medicare Choice will replace Health Net Seniority Plus MedicareAdvantage HMO.

United Healthcare representatives will host Town Hall meetings through the month of October to describe the new plan and answer your questions. In-person Town Hall sessions in the Santa Cruz area have already occurred. However, you can still watch a recorded presentation, attend a phone-in session, or register for one of the other sessions in California.

 

Watch a recorded presentation of a Town Hall meeting located here

 

To Register By Phone to attend an in-person Town Hall Meeting: Call the number below to have a representative reserve your seat for the Educational Town Hall Meeting.

1-877-841-6153
TTY users, call: 7118 a.m. – 8 p.m. PT
Monday through Friday

(Please note that some callers have experienced difficulty reaching the call center after 4:30 pm PT)


To Register Online to attend an in-person Town Hall Meeting: Use the reservation code: UNCA19

Schedule of all the educational town halls held throughout California is located here

Further information is available online including:
- Details about the UCMedicare Choice plan
- Frequently Asked Questions
- View a recorded Town Hall presentation (an English version is currently posted, a Spanish version is listed as "coming soon")

 

Attend A Presentation By Phone to attend a Town Hall Meeting remotely by phone please see the details listed below for each session. Pre-registration is not required.

 

October 11, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 am (PST)
Dial: (866) 812-0465     Access Code: 471372

 

October 18, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 pm (PST)
Dial: (866) 812-0465     Access Code: 471373

 

October 29, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 pm (PST)
Dial: (866) 812-0465     Access Code: 471374

 

October 30, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 pm (PST)
Dial: (866) 812-0465     Access Code: 471375

 

For more information including plan details, a provider search, and more visit the UnitedHealthcare website homepage specific to UC retirees located here

 

Kaiser Senior Advantage Informational Presentation, November 4, 2019

Kaiser Senior Advantage, a Kaiser Medicare plan, became available to Santa Cruz County Medicare retirees and their dependents in January 2019. Information sessions about how Kaiser is delivering Medicare Advantage coverage to Santa Cruz will be offered on Monday, November 4th.

November 4, 2019
9:00 - 10:30 am
Please register to attend this event online here

November 4, 2019
11:00 - 12:30 pm
Please register to attend this event online here

Where
Kaiser Scotts Valley Medical Offices, Kaiser Community Room
5615 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, CA
See the location on Google maps here

 

This presentation will cover the following topics:

✓ When do I enroll?
✓ How does UC retiree health coverage work with Medicare?
✓ What are the eligibility requirements?
✓ What are the different “parts” of Medicare (Parts A, B, C & D)?
✓ What are the difference between employee and retiree UC health coverage?

These Medicare sessions are co-sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Benefits Office and presented by Kaiser Permanente Medicare consultants and the information is applicable for all faculty, staff and retirees; regardless of retiree health insurance plan. All are welcome to attend.