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NYC HBP Medicare Advantage FAQs

New information and updates regarding the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan

  • The NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan is not being implemented on April 1, 2022. 
  • Retirees do not need to opt out of the Medicare Advantage Plus Program in order to remain in Senior Care or their current plan on April 1.
  • All retirees will remain in their current plans until further notice.   
  • For additional information, you can call the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan call center at 1-833-325-1190, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Welfare Fund is waiting for more information at this time. As soon as we have it, we will post it on this page. The information below reflects guidance as of March 2, prior to the recent judicial ruling.

NYC Health Benefits Program, NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan. 

FAQs from the Municipal Labor Committe, updated Feb. 17.

Welfare Fund FAQs

The PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund SilverScript Medicare Part D Prescription Plan has not changed and will not change, no matter what our members decide to do with regard to the Medicare Advantage Plus Plan or GHI Senior Care. No action is required to maintain your drug coverage.

Here are a few key points:

  • Submitting the opt-out form online will now result in an email confirmation. When an opt-out submission includes an email address, the confirmation will be emailed to that address promptly. (Be sure to check your SPAM folder, as they reportedly sometimes end up there.)
  • Some folks have gotten verbal confirmation of receipt of their mailed opt-out forms by calling the Alliance’s informational 833-325-1190 
  • Until there is a Court decision, no retirees will be moved into the new Medicare Advantage plan. Retirees will remain in the plan they were in for 2021 unless they utilized the once in a lifetime option to change plans or transferred plans during the annual transfer period. 
  • The Emblem/Empire Senior Care plan will remain premium-free until the new Medicare Advantage plan is implemented.
  • Once the Court announces an implementation date, information will be posted on the NYC Health Benefits Program website and the Alliance website.
  • The PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Silverscript Medicare Part D Prescription Plan will not be affected by your decision to accept the Medicare Advantage Plus plan or to opt out & keep your current coverage

Checklist: How to Enroll or Opt Out of the Alliance Medicare Advantage Plus Program

Didn't get any mailings about the Medicare Advantage Plan? All the info & opt-out forms are on the NYC Health Benefits Program website.

Medicare Advantage Plus Info Brochure for Providers

Enrollment Guide: The City has published an enrollment guide online "intended for retirees currently on the GHI/Empire BlueCross BlueShield Senior Care plan. Additional versions of the enrollment guide are on the NYC Health Benefits Program website.

Plan Comparison Chart

For additional information, you can call the special call center at 1-833-325-1190, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If you have a question about the Medicare Advantage plan not addressed by the links or contacts above, send it to communications@psccunywf.org.

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