WageWorks Blackout Period will be Dec. 17-31, 2013. Married retirees who entered the RHA program prior to August 1, 2013, will have their separate RRA accounts combined into joint accounts effective January 1, 2014. In order to implement this combination, a blackout period will begin Dec. 17 and last through Dec. 31, 2013. You will need to plan your reimbursement claims accordingly to minimize the impact of the blackout period. If you are currently set up for Pay My Provider or recurring Pay Me Back, the blackout period will not impact your December payments/reimbursements.
Beginning in 2013, DTE Energy changed the way it provides the supplemental Medicare benefit to certain retirees and their spouses or surviving spouses who are 65 years old or older. Once a retiree reaches age 65, the federal Medicare program becomes the retiree’s primary health insurance plan. Historically, DTE Energy had provided supplemental coverage to Medicare through its group retiree health care plans. Under the new program, once a retiree and his or her spouse or a surviving spouse turns 65, DTE Energy provides each eligible member an allocation in a Retiree Reimbursement Account to purchase Medicare supplement insurance. To assist eligible members in choosing the Medicare supplement insurance coverage that best suits their needs, DTE has partnered with the RHA Program. The RHA Program offers personal attention from licensed RHA Program call center Advocates and provides access to online comparison tools. The RHA Program is provided at no cost to you.
During the month of October 2013, RHA participants will receive a Fall 2013 Retiree Letter which provides information on the 2013 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, Moving to Joint Retiree Reimbursement Accounts, and Things You Need to Know about your Retiree Reimbursement Account; a HIPAA Authorization form ( sample HIPAA form); and a Pay Me Back Claim Form.
Flu shots will be available for DTE Energy employees, retirees and retiree spouses at a number of company locations. A complete schedule of on-site flu shot clinics is now available. Plan to visit your clinic and receive a FREE flu shot to not only protect yourself, but to protect your family as well.
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