To: All Participants in the ORNL Over Age 65 Health Care Plans
Subject: New Health Care Coverage Beginning July 1, 2012
At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, we know that choice, value, and quality in health care coverage are important to you. To provide you with more plan options and better value without sacrificing quality, we are pleased to announce a new way to access health care coverage effective July 1, 2012. ORNL has chosen the company Extend Health to provide you access to a variety of Medicare, dental and vision plans. Each individual will be able to choose the particular health care coverage that best meets his or her needs. The new coverage will replace the retiree medical plan and dental / vision plan that ORNL currently offers to Medicare-eligible participants through United Health Care.
On July 1, 2012, your current ORNL medical and dental/vision coverage through United Healthcare will end, but your prescription drug benefit through Medco will continue without change.
The new plan offers a variety of plan options as well as an employer-funded Health Reimbursement Arrangement that retirees can use to pay for premiums, deductibles and other eligible medical expenses. Full details are explained in an
Introductory Booklet that has been mailed to all retirees in the UHC medical plan.
ORNL and Extend Health conducted information meetings in April. A recording of the meeting and the slides, organized by topic, can be viewed here.
Note: This web site will be updated throughout the enrollment period as additional information becomes available.