Rochester, N.Y. - MVP Health Care and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced Thursday they will hold special meetings for Medicare-eligible Kodak retirees.
This, after Kodak announced Wednesday it’s proposing to terminate health care coverage for its retirees.
In a statement, Patrick Glavey, MVP's Executive Vice President of Government Programs, said for now, nothing has changed.
“Kodak continues as MVP Health Care's customer and we continue to meet the health insurance needs of Kodak's employees and retirees," said Glavey. "If the court approves the proposal allowing Kodak to terminate coverage, retirees will still have MVP options."
If the court approves Kodak's proposal, MVP will mail information outlining health coverage options to all retirees currently covered under MVP plans.
The health insurer will also hold informational meetings for Kodak retirees who are Medicare-eligible.
*Friday, November 2, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Diplomat Banquet Center, 1956 Lyell Ave., Rochester, NY
*Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, Rochester Airport, 911 Brooks Ave., Rochester, NY
*Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Burgundy Basin, 1361 Marsh Rd., Pittsford, NY
Excellus BlueCross BlueShild will hold meetings starting in late October.
*Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. and noon at the Wishing Well, 1190 Chili Ave. Chili, NY.
*Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion, 454 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY
*Friday, November 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Burgandy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Rd., Pittsford, NY
Medicare-eligible Kodak retirees and Medicare-eligible spouses in the MVP service area can enroll in the MVP Medicare Advantage plan of their choice. MVP offers an affordable GoldValue plan with comparable coverage, including prescription drugs.
Many of the same benefits Kodak retirees have now - including the SilverSneakers(r) fitness program, preventive care services covered in full and no deductibles for generic drugs - will continue under the direct bill MVP Medicare plans. MVP says member ID numbers will remain the same and there will be no lapse in coverage.
All COBRA-eligible retirees will have the option of non-Medicare COBRA coverage. If Kodak terminates current coverage, COBRA-eligible members will receive information outlining COBRA rights, options and rates. Members over the age of 65, who are Medicare-eligible, can choose non-Medicare COBRA coverage, but will also need to maintain their Medicare Parts A and B coverage.