* Blogger and retired teacher Fred Klonsky is not at all pleased with the way the state is rolling out the new Medicare Advantage program. Reprinted in full with permission…
The deadline for deciding what our retiree health care will look like – whether we go with Medicare Advantage or op out – is December 13th.
Central Management Services is co-sponsoring informational seminars across the state between November 11th and December 11th.
The one for retirees who live in Chicago is at the Thompson Center on December 6th.
That gives me seven days to figure out what I will do. And if I opt out I can’t get back in. And all the money I paid into the plan over thirty years is gone.
If you live in Belleville the seminar is at Southwest Community College on December 11th.
That will allow you one day to decide.
If you live in the north suburbs of Chicago you can attend a seminar on the far north side. Or Palatine.
That’s it. It is an area in which thousands of Illinois teacher retirees live.
More seminars are being held downstate. But teachers tell me that in some cases they will have to drive more than two hours each way to attend one.
CMS is willing to set up additional seminars if we pay for them.
Over $300 bucks a pop.
And we find the space.
Fred’s a pretty informed guy, but he does have a point about everybody else.