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Aetna Wins Contract to Administer Local 100 Medical Benefits
Beginning on January 1, 2017, Aetna will be responsible for administering all the TWU Local 100/ATU medical plans. There will be NO change to your LEVEL of medical benefits under the new plans and will not affect your current prescription, optical and dental plans.
THIS CHANGE WILL ONLY AFFECT CURRENT SUPERVISORS WHO HAVE NOT YET MET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT FOR NYSHIP MEDICAL BENEFITS.
Some members may see their current in-network doctor go out of network under the new plans. Any member facing such a disruption will be notified by letter. This will give you the opportunity to research replacement providers or consider switching plans PPO to EPO or vice versa. For members whose providers are currently out of network, under the new plans there are now several thousand doctors who were out of network under the current plans who will now be in-network under the new plans. Aetna has also made a commitment to recruit out of network providers into their current networks. Transitional arrangements will be made for members in special circumstances; for example, pregnant women and members undergoing chemotherapy.
This year's Open Enrollment period will run from October 15th through December 5th. Open Enrollment packs will be mailed out shortly. Open Enrollment informational meetings will be held at locations throughout the system starting on October 11th.
Members who do not receive their Open Enrollment pack by October 15 should contact the BSC at that time. If you do not want to change your current type of coverage PPO (Empire) or EPO (UHC) you do not need to file anything during Open Enrollment, unless you want to add a dependent, you will be enrolled in the equivalent Aetna plan. We advise everyone to check and see if their current providers are in the new Aetna plans.
We are working with the Authority to ensure as little disruption to our members as possible during this transitions period.