IRS form 1095
Looking for your form 1095? Follow these links to more information on UCnet:
If you had Medicare for all of 2016, you will not receive a 1095 from Medicare, and you should not need one in order to file your taxes. Medicare mailed IRS Form 1095-B only to the following beneficiaries:
- Beneficiaries under the age of 65 with Medicare Part A;
- Beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A for the first time in 2016; and
- Beneficiaries who had Medicare Part A coverage for part of 2016.
Health Net/Sutter Health contract signed
Good news! Health Net has confirmed that they signed a contract with Sutter for 2017. Due to this one-year arrangement, no network disruption is expected.
Understanding UC's 2017 medical plans
Although Open Enrollment for 2017 closed on 11/22/2016, here are some resources for you to use and peruse to understand more about UC's 2017 health plans:
- For an at-a-glance snapshot of local provider availability by plan, see More on UC Medical Plans 2017.
- Note for Medicare retirees in Davis: Sutter primary care physicians in Davis are not currently accepting new Medicare patients. This means that UC High Option and UC Medicare PPO members who have not seen Sutter doctors before, and who want Sutter for primary care, may need to choose a Sutter doctor in another town. Alternately, members of those plans could choose a non-Sutter doctor in Davis for primary care, but still access Sutter specialists in Davis. (Some Sutter primary care doctors in Davis are still taking new Health Net Seniority Plus patients.)
- The UC Medical Plan Chooser for 2017 lets employees and retirees price and compare medical plans; the Chooser also reports medical plan availability by zip code.
- The 2017 Retiree Premium Estimator is an Excel spreadsheet that calculates UC retiree medical and dental plan premiums for those who get less than 100% of the UC contribution. Don't have Microsoft Excel? Download a free viewer here.
- For detailed information on the UC health plans, see UCnet: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/oe
- For video shorts (<10 minutes each) on health plan topics specific to UC: http://uc.a.guidespark.com
- For a more in-depth comparison of plans, view HCF Program presentations (see Presentations for Employees/Retirees in the site menu)
UC simplifies retiree health benefits rules
To simplify administration and respond to the concerns of newer employees hired before 7/1/2013, UC changed the eligibility rules for retiree health benefits.
HCF Program Revisited
The lead article in the Council of UC Emeriti Associations April 2014 newsletter is an excellent primer on the HCF Program: its history and role, its relationship with Benefits offices and UCOP, as well as its funding and future.
Click here for the April 2014 CUCEA newsletter [PDF format]
Did You Know?
Most of the medical plans that the University offers to employees and retirees cover 30-day supplies of prescription drugs for a flat copayment. However, if you take medications on an ongoing basis, you can save money by using University of California pharmacies. At UC pharmacies, you can get 90-day supplies of your drugs for two copayments; you pay 1/3 less!
If you are enrolled in some of the Anthem Blue Cross plans (UC Care, UC High Option, UC Medicare PPO); Health Net Blue & Gold HMO or Western Health Advantage HMO:
for a list of UC Davis outpatient pharmacies (in Davis and Sacramento).
Don't live near a UC pharmacy? You can get the same two copayment deal for 90-day supplies through some plans at certain local retail pharmacies and/or through your plan's mail order pharmacy.
- Health Net Blue & Gold HMO: Local CVS pharmacies
- UC Care: Local Costco, Safeway/Vons, and Walgreens pharmacies
- UC High Option: Local Costco, CVS, Safeway/Vons, and Walgreens pharmacies
- UC Medicare PPO: Local Costco, CVS, Safeway/Vons, and Walgreens pharmacies
- WHA: Local Bel Air, Costco, CVS, Rite Aid, Raley's, Save Mart, Safeway, Target, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens pharmacies
for medical plan contact information. Log on to your plan's website as a member to access links to their mail order pharmacy programs.