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  • The TRAIL MAPD Open Enrollment period begins October 15 and runs through November 15, 2018. Online or phone enrollment can only be processed during that time period. The effective date of the new plan will be January 1, 2019. You should receive your TRAIL MAPD Decision Guide for Plan Year 2019 in the mail by the first week of October (2018). If you are currently enrolled in TRAIL MAPD, and wish to keep your coverage as is, you do not need to do anything. However, if you wish to make any changes to your current TRAIL MAPD coverage, contact MyBenefits (toll-free) 844-251-1777 or MyBenefits.illinois.govHowever, no elections may be made prior to October 15.  08/10/2018
  • The Affordable Care Act requires issuers of insurance and some employers to send Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to members.  A list of Frequently Asked Questions has been compiled for those who are anticipating these forms.  02/09/16
  • In January 2011, the Affordable Care Act established an income related monthly adjustment amount (IRMAA) under the Part D program (prescription portion of Medicare) which is known as the Part D-IRMAA.  02/21/14 
  • Beginning the week of July 7, 2014, the State of Illinois began sending out a letter to all plan participants who are enrolled in the TRAIL program (the TRAIL program consists of State-sponsored Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drug plans: UnitedHealthcare, Humana, and Coventry Advantra).  This letter is informational only, and as such, there is no action required.  It explains what could happen if a State of Illinois plan participant enrolls in another Medicare plan.  Enrollment into another Medicare plan means enrollment into a different Medicare Advantage Plan or a different Medicare Part D plan.  The federal government will not allow someone to be in more than one Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Part D plan at a time; therefore, any subsequent enrollment into one of these types of plans will cause your enrollment in the State-sponsored Medicare Advantage Plan to be terminated.  07/16/14
  • Attention Retirees and Survivors Newly-Eligible for the State-sponsored Medicare Advantage Plans: UnitedHealthcare mailed a book of plan information entitled, “2015 Plan Guide” to all newly-eligible members as well as all TRAIL members enrolled in a Medicare Advantage HMO plan. The book was part of an envelope of marketing materials sent by UHC on October 2, 2014. On page 56 of the book is a page entitled “Enrollment Instructions”. This page states that the member does not need to complete an Enrollment Request Form. This statement is INCORRECT. Members of the College Insurance Program (CIP) who are eligible for the Medicare Advantage plans through TRAIL for the first time (most of whom turned age 65 within the past year) DO need to return the CIP Medicare Advantage ‘TRAIL’ enrollment form. Members should look for the TRAIL enrollment form in an enrollment kit being mailed from the Department of Central Management Services October 9, 2014. Members currently enrolled in one of the TRAIL plans who do not wish to change their MAPD plan do not need to complete the enrollment form. 10/08/14
  • The TRAIL Open Enrollment Period will be October 15 through November 15, 2014. Enrollment kits will be mailed October 9th to members eligible for TRAIL Medicare Advantage coverage. Informational seminars will be held state-wide to give eligible members an opportunity to learn more about the plans offered by the State. The 2014 Seminar Schedule provides a list of the dates, times and locations of the seminars. 10/06/14

  • If you are a Medicare retiree who received a Welcome Letter from UnitedHealthcare, please be advised that you will not be billed directly by UnitedHealthcare for your premiums.  Your monthly premium contribution will continue to be deducted the same way it is currently being deducted.  12/27/13

  • Central Management Services, Group Insurance Division, has been receiving a number of questions from retirees regarding their ability to move between original Medicare and a Medicare Advantage plan.  This Medicare Tip Sheet, produced by federal Medicare, outlines the general requirements for an individual to move between these types of plans.  PLEASE NOTE:  CIP enrollees who cancel coverage with the State are ineligible to re-enroll in the program in the future unless they lose their other coverage for reasons other than voluntary termination or nonpayment of premium.  11/06/13
  • The seminar in Normal on November 26 has been moved to a new location and will now be held at the Astroth Community Education Center Auditorium at Heartland Community College.  See the updated TRAIL Seminar Schedule.  11/20/13
  • A new seminar location was added to the TRAIL Seminar Schedule for November 24 at Blackburn College in Carlinville.  This will be a 3:00 p.m. session only.  11/20/13
  • A new seminar location was added to the TRAIL Seminar Schedule for November 18 at the Vineyard Church in Urbana.  This will be a 10:00 a.m. session only.  11/17/13
  • A new seminar location was added to the TRAIL Seminar Schedule for December 11 at the Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter in Glenview. 11/13/13
  • Two new seminar locations were added to the TRAIL Seminar Schedule for November 16. Locations in Buffalo Grove and another in Grayslake were added. 11/12/13
  • A new seminar location was added to the TRAIL Seminar Schedule for December 9 at the Oak Park Public Library in Oak Park. 11/07/13
  • A new seminar location was added to the TRAIL Seminar Schedule for November 14 at the Hope Evangelical Church in Springfield. 11/05/13
  • A new seminar location was added to the TRAIL Seminar Schedule for November 27 at the DoubleTree Suites in Downers Grove. 11/04/13
  • A new seminar location was added for December 3 at Kaskaskia College in Centralia to the TRAIL Seminar Schedule. 10/30/13
  • NEW!!  The fall Open Enrollment Period start date is November 12, 2013, and ends December 13, 2013.  For a preview of the plan design of each Medicare Advantage plan offered, as well as the information you will be receiving regarding the fall Open Enrollment Period, review the TRAIL Decision Guide.  This guide, along with the TRAIL Seminar Schedule, will be included in your enrollment kit which you should receive in the mail the week of November 11th. 10/29/13


Last Updated 12/05/18