Special Enrollment

2020 Special Enrollment

May 11-22, 2020

The recently ratified collective bargaining agreement between WMATA and Local
689 requires that the current CareFirst PPO be converted to a Point of Service
(POS) plan. This primarily impacts the financing and will not affect your benefits
or coverages. Everyone in the PPO plan will be automatically enrolled in the new
POS plan. Additionally, the 39-month waiting period for New Hires to enroll in the
PPO/POS plan has been eliminated.

As a result of these changes, there will be a Special Enrollment. Anyone
who wishes to change medical plans can do so between Monday, May 11, 2020
and Friday, May 22, 2020. No other changes will be permitted. Enrollment will
be effective July 1, 2020.

Remember to use the Self-Service Portal

Use the Member Self-Service Portal, EasyAdmin to enroll. Please use Google Chrome when accessing the Member Portal. Below are the instructions for using the portal:

Need More Information?

Please watch for additional information in the mail. It will contain important
information about how to make changes online, so do not lose or misplace the
letter.

See the "2020 Special Enrollment" section on the Forms and Documents page for Enrollment Forms.

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Do my spouse and I need to sign up for Medicare?

When you or your spouse becomes eligible for Medi­care, you should enroll in Medicare Parts A and B. For most people, enrollment in Medicare Part A is automatic (there is no premium) when you start receiving benefits from Social Security. You should sign up for Medicare Part B with the Social Security office three months before turning 65. Your monthly premium to Medicare for Part B will be deducted from your Social Security check.

When you become eligible, you are not required to enroll in Medicare Part B, but benefits will be paid by the Plan as if you are enrolled. This means that, if you do not enroll, you or your spouse will have higher expenses because you will be responsible for paying for the benefits Medicare Part B would have covered. After you submit evidence of your Part B enrollment for yourself or your dependent, your HEALTH & WELFARE Plan premium will be reduced. For more information, visit the "If You Become Eligible for Medicare" section on the Life Events page.

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