UPDATE: Retiree Medical Plans 2019

Update 9/18/18
Information has started to appear in the Retiree's mailboxes. 
Today, you do not need to do anything. 
The company will send you 'Medicare plan details' in October.
From October 15th to December 7th you will pick a plan during enrollment.
January 1st, 2019, your plan will start.
Old news:
  • Federal government is eliminating Freedom Plan.
  • Metropolitan Council offering Retiree National Choice Plans (RNC)                                                                       *Mirrors plan design of Freedom Plan                                                                                                                       -*Estimated premium increase of 19.6%
  • Metropolitan Council offers Journey Plan as optional choice                                                                                  *Mirrors plan design of Freedom Plan                                                                                                                        *Lower premium than RNC                                                                                                                                      *Network restricted to HealthPartners                                                                                                                Council accepted bids from 5 companies.  Council will vote on best plan in September.  Council plans on having detailed information out to Retirees by September 17th, 2018 and  have classes/sessions for Retirees to attend and ask questions the end of September.    ALSO, the Council stated that Retirees will be added to open enrollment every year........