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Message from Gary Monto, President 


Our office in Columbus has received many phone calls concerning the high cost of prescription drugs. It seems that the cost of drugs are constantly going up. The pension board has no control of these rising costs. The cost of the prescription drugs are controlled by the big drug companies. The pension fund trustees have looked into different companies, however, the manufacturers have the market cornered. There is little to nothing the trustees can do to help manage this situation. Some solutions are to price check the pharmacy's around you to see who will have the lowest cost. (Remember do not withdraw from the pension funds drug plan, because you will not be allowed back in.)


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  • A representative from UHC provided a list of the dates, times and locations for the 2018 Annual Health Care Change Meetings to be held throughout the state. In addition to a teleconference call during October, a single 10am meeting will be held at each of the following venues:
    • Tuesday, October 3rd at Hilton Garden Inn Akron
    • Wednesday, October 4th at Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland East/Mayfield Village
    • Thursday, October 5th at Holiday Inn Toledo South-Perrysburg
    • Tuesday, October 10th at Hilton Garden Inn Blue Ash
    • Wednesday, October 11th at Hilton Garden Inn Dayton/Beavercreek
    • Thursday, October 12th at Courtyard Columbus West

         

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Turning 65

We continue to have some issue's with members not meeting enrollment deadlines when they and/or their spouses are turning 65.  While this does not occur often, one is too many.  Missing the deadline can cost the member around $135.00 a month in subsidies.  We have asked for another article from the Pension Fund to assist members who may not qualify for Social Security.  It is up to the member to meet with Social Security.  Usually they contact you 3 months before your birthday.  You must have Medicare A and B to enroll with the AARP/UHC supplemental plan.  If you do not have Medicare A & B you will be enrolled in a UHC plan like the Pre 65 Plan with a new premium rate.

United Health Care sends out a Birthday Post Card and a letter to each member before they turn 65.  These will have the OP&F logo on them.  It gets confusing with the amount of mailings from insurance providers, be careful to look at the mailings before you toss them.

AARP/UHC will contact members 30 days before their eligibility expiration date with a phone call.  Currently there is not an appeal process; the PFRO is actively working with retiree board members Bill Deighton and John Wainscott to create an appeal process.

 

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