State’s Special Medicfill Supplement Plan Extended for 12 Months
The State Employee Benefit Committee has voted to extend the existing state managed Special Medicfill Supplement Plan for up to 1 year. This comes after a State Superior Court judge last week ordered a temporary halt to the State’s plans to transition thousands of Medicare-eligible retirees and their dependents to a new, privately managed Medicare Advantage Plan by January 1st.
The General Assembly will continue to consider ways it can enhance oversight of retiree health benefits, and additional legislative action may be considered during 152nd General Assembly, which begins in January.
The S-E-B-C’s decision makes a meeting of the full General Assembly on Wednesday unnecessary and consideration of SB 348 has been tabled. Senate Bill 348 also would have created an ombudsperson in the Department of Human Resources who would have focused specifically on assisting State pensioners with the transition and navigating the benefits under the Medicare Advantage plan.
The State Senate will still meet Wednesday to consider confirmation of several Carney Administration nominees.