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Health Net Seniority Plus to be replaced in 2020
Retirees who currently have Seniority Plus and who do not make another choice during Open Enrollment will be automatically enrolled in a new United Healthcare Medicare Advantage PPO. The new plan, called UC Medicare Choice, will offer similar coverage but with access to more doctors for a lower premium.
UC Blue & Gold HMO to replace WHA in 2020
Since UC Davis Medical Group will no longer be a primary care provider through the Western Health Advantage HMO next year, UC made the decision to not offer WHA to employees and retirees after 12/31/2019. WHA members who take no action during Open Enrollment (10/31–11/26/2019) will be automatically transitioned to the very similar UC Blue & Gold HMO through Health Net effective 1/1/2020.
Related: Retiree Open Enrollment Presentation and Help Desk schedule for fall 2019 [PDF]. (Employee presentations will be announced soon.)
UC Medical Plans in 2019
Open Enrollment for 2019 ended at 5 p.m. on 11/20/2018, but here is information that can help you to understand your UC health plans:
Premiums for 2019
Medical Plan Comparison Spreadsheets
Regional Medical Plan Availability: The 2019 UC Medical Plan Availability tool [Excel] indicates plan availability by ZIP code and county.
Local Medical Provider Availability by Plan: More On UC Medical Plans
Streaming Video of Medical Plan Presentations:
See the UCnet Open Enrollment for 2019 website for more information about 2019 health & welfare benefits.
UC considers changes to retiree health contributions
A Retiree Health Benefits Working Group has been formed to provide input regarding reductions and/or changes in strategy toward UC's contributions to retiree health coverage. More information can be found on UCnet.
See the UC Davis Retiree Center site for updates on the Working Group.
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.
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); UC Blue & Gold HMO (Health Net) or Western Health Advantage HMO:
Click here 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 co-payment deal for 90-day supplies through some plans at certain local retail pharmacies and/or through your plan's mail order pharmacy.
UC Blue & Gold HMO (Health Net): Local CVS pharmacies
UC Care (Anthem Blue Cross): Local Costco, CVS, Safeway/Vons, and Walgreens pharmacies
UC High Option (Anthem Blue Cross): Local Costco, CVS, Safeway/Vons, and Walgreens pharmacies
UC Medicare PPO (Anthem Blue Cross): 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
Click here for medical plan contact information. Log on to your plan's website as a member to access links to their mail order pharmacy programs.