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Welcome • Visit Here for Enrollments for 2019
This Site Helps You Compare Nokia and Medicare Choices


Enrollment for Nokia Benefits and/or Medicare or HealthCare Exchanges

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT UNDERWAY; ENDS DEC. 7
NOKIA OPEN ENROLLMENT HAS ENDED
<USE A TIMELINE TO TRACK THE DEADLINES>

 Compare Medicare Plans at Medicare.gov.
 Use the Benefits Team Checklist to Compare to Nokia. 
 • "MEDICARE AND YOU 2019". COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF MEDICARE, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT.
»  Click here to download Medicare and You 2019
»  Click here to view a video that explains Medicare choices
»  Click here to view a video that explains how Medicare.gov works
»  Click here to compare plans at Medicare.gov

THE LRO BENEFITS TEAM HAS PREPARED A CHECKLIST
TO HELP YOU COMPARE. Download a printable version here.


• MEDICARE COSTS:
» MEDICARE PART B PREMIUM HAS INCREASED TO $135.50 (UP $1.50)
»
MEDICARE Rx DEDUCTIBLE HAS INCREASED $10 to $415.
» MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PREMIUMS ARE EXPECTED TO RISE
ABOUT 3%.

• NOKIA PLANS FOR 2019 ARE SIMILAR TO 2018. PREMIUMS ARE ABOUT THE SAME.
»  Click here to download the 2019 Enrollment Action Guide
»  Click here to see a Nokia video on "Your Benefits Resources"

• AARP IDENTIFIES SEVEN IMPROVEMENTS FOR MEDICARE IN 2019. MOSTLY SMALL HELPS. Click here to read.

NEW MEDICARE CARDS WILL BE MAILED BEFORE APRIL, 2019. USE YOUR NEW MEDICARE NUMBER WHEN YOU RECEIVE.
Make a Note of These Calendar Dates in a Timeline
Date Who What
August 13 Nokia Pre enrollment mailing
Sep 20 Nokia Open Enrollment Action guide
Sep 24 Nokia Open enrollment begins (Online)
Sep 25* Medicare Medicare.gov posting of Medicare Plans
Sep 28* Medicare "Medicare and You 2019" available
Oct 1 Nokia Open enrollment begins (Phone and online)
Oct 12 Nokia Nokia open enrollment ends
Oct 15 Medicare Medicare open enrollment begins
Dec 1 ACA Heathcare.gov enrollment begins
Dec 7 Medicare Medicare open enrollment ends
*approximate date
Click here for a printable version of this timeline


•• PRE-MEDICARE (ACA PLANS)

» Healthcare.gov has a YouTube video that explains changes.
»
Kiplinger has a list of premium changes by state.

FOR THOSE REVIEWING THEIR MEDICARE OPTIONS,
BE SURE TO CONTACT STATE HELP FREE
Nokia Also Offers Dental and Other Plans
► Dental and other insurance with some restrictions are described Click here.

Places to Call and Documents for Healthcare Enrollees to Review

ACTIONS TO CONSIDER TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE
To help in comparisons of Medicare and pre-Medicare choices 
NOKIA
PLANS
  Read all the mailings you receive from Nokia
Nokia Mailing for 2019 Plan Year
YourBenefitResources  
UHC PPO & Other Plans from BenefitAnswers Plus BenefitAnswersPlus
UHC Nokia Medicare Advantage UHCMedicareAdvantage
Express Scripts Rx Plan for 2018 Express Scripts Website
Benefits Center Phone (after Oct.1) 888-232-4111
)CONSIDER
 MEDICARE
For Medicare retirees, there are many commercial plans.
 
Medicare,Medicare Advantage,Rx for 2019 Medicare&You 2019
CMS Medigap information CMS Medigap
Personal State Help Programs/ Websites; phone numbers
Medicare.gov Find plans & Rx Website
Medicare Phone 800-MEDICARE (633-4227)
PRE-
MEDICARE
(ACA)
l The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides important options for pre-Medicare retirees
»  Be sure to check premiums, deductibles, maximum out of pocket and, possibly, subsidies available through ACA.
»  Be sure to check whether you  can receive a subsidy to lower your premiums and deductible costs. Visit healthcare.gov/retirees

 




PRE-MEDICARE MANAGEMENT MAY NEED TO SEARCH NEW PLANS

Health Care Exchanges for Non-Medicare Retirees

Note: Some retirees may be eligible for Medicaid or other employer's coverage.

» Consumer's Report has an explanatory document on health care exchanges worth reading. Click here to download.
» The Kaiser Foundation has a calculator that provides an estimate of your subsidy if you sign up for healthcare exchange insurance. Click here to try the calculator.
» The official website that provides answers to your questions and your needs is www.healthcare.gov
     

Other Places to Visit and Learn

»  Share experiences with other LRO members on the LRO Message Board
»  Ask us a question at benefits@lucentretirees.com


 What are your Medicare option in Addition to Medicare Part B? 

    • Option 1 :: Sign up with Nokia. Management retirees may select the health and prescription drug plans offered by Nokia - a Medicare Advantage PPO plan from United Healthcare that uses a network of providers, with options to use doctors and hospitals out-of-network. (In some areas only an HMO plan will be available). If you choose a Nokia healthcare plan, you must also include the Express Scripts prescription drug plan.

    • Option 2 :: Choose a commercial Medicare Advantage Plan. You can select a commercial Medicare Advantage plan with features similar to the Alcatel-Lucent plan. Alternatively, there are HMO plans with different features and costs.
    
    • Option 3 :: Choose a Medicare Supplement insurance plan (Medigap). You can choose to sign up for a Medigap Medicare Supplement plan to help pay many of the costs not covered by Parts A and B of the Original Medicare plan. Be sure to check whether you can apply WITHOUT a penalty for pre-existing conditions. Click to read the Medicare Medigap guide
        
» You may need to consider a commercial Medicare prescription drug plan. If you choose a commercial healthcare plan, you may need to consider signing up for a commercial Prescription Drug plan. See the [Drug Plans] link.  
FOR THOSE REVIEWING THEIR MEDICARE OPTIONS,
BE SURE TO CONTACT STATE HELP FREE


This Website Helps you Find and Compare Healthplan Choices

» Step-by-step guide to finding health care choices. The web site link [Step1 How to Find] provides downloads and instructions that can help you find current Medicare Advantage plans at Medicare.gov and Medicare Supplement plans (Medigap) at State Health Insurance web sites.

» Step-by-step guide to comparing health plans. The web site link [Step 2 - How to Compare]  helps you compare alternatives to the Alcatel-Lucent plan and the many marketplace plans. It provides ways to find and compare important criteria, like monthly premiums, deductibles, copayment, coinsurance and providers (doctors/hospitals).

» Prescription drug options.
The link [Step3 - Drug Plans] provides ways to compare various options for your Medicare prescription drug choices. Since the Alcatel-Lucent offer has a combined premium for health care and Rx plans, you'll need to know the alternatives to make a full comparison.


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This web site offers guidance primarily for Nokia
management and formerly non-represented retirees.