State of Illinois retirees who were notified of termination of some of their state health insurance benefits now have a second chance to “opt in” to immediately restore their prescription coverage, State Representative Dan Brady announced today.
Over the Holidays Rep. Brady (R-Normal) along with Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) met with several local state retirees who received notices that their prescription coverage was being terminated. Illinois Department of Central Management (CMS) officials said the deadline had passed for them to reapply for the state’s TRAIL (Total Retiree Advantage Illinois) program, a Medicare supplement plan that provides prescription coverage. Rep. Brady immediately contacted CMS and worked with them to open up a second enrollment period this month to make sure these retirees won’t lose needed coverage.
“These retirees were distraught, and understandably so. Without coverage, some critically needed prescriptions are simply unaffordable,” Rep. Brady said. “I’m glad that they came to me, and I’m very glad that Senator Rose and I were able to work with CMS to make sure they have another opportunity to sign up for coverage they depend upon.”
The State of Illinois Medicare Advantage plan that combines all the benefits of Medicare Part A (hospital) and Medicare Part B (doctor and outpatient) and includes Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage as well. To view the informational TRAIL seminar, click here.
To enroll in a TRAIL MAPD plan with a February 1, 2020 effective date:
• Log in to MyBenefits.illinois.gov by clicking Login in the upper right corner of the page;
• Review your benefit options within the 2020 TRAIL Enrollment Information tile;
• Click MAPD Late Enrollment at the top of the page to complete your enrollment into a TRAIL MAPD plan;
• Submit any required forms following the instructions provided online or fax documents to 844-676-1725. All required documents must be received by January 21, 2020 in order for your TRAIL MAPD enrollment elections to be processed.
If you require assistance or prefer to enroll via phone, please contact the MyBenefits Service Center (toll free) 844-251-1777 or 844-251-1778 TDD/TTY, available Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM CT.