CERTIFICATED RETIREE BENEFITS

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What's new for 2022?

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Retirees under 65 without Medicare

 

No action is required during Annual Transfer (Nov. 1-30), but there are several enhancements to your benefits. Some are effective January 1; others are already available to you. See your FYB newsletter for more details.

$0 cost for in-network behavioral health

MNPS continually strives to expand employee and retiree access to vital behavioral health care. Starting January 1, benefits for in-network inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services are increasing to 100%. This means no copay, deductible or cost share required when you see a Cigna behavioral health network provider. Services include care for mental health as well as substance use disorders. Cigna has the largest behavioral health network in the industry, including two Centers of Excellence in/around Davidson County.

 

Three new MyHealth Bundles

On January 1, we will launch three additional MyHealth Bundles:

  • Shoulder pain/surgery

  • Medical weight loss

  • Osteoarthritis of the hip and knee

 

Two new services at MNPS Health Care Centers

Our Centers have partnered with Vanderbilt Dermatology to provide enhanced dermatology care. Also, in an effort to improve diabetes management, patients with diabetes can now have their follow-up appointments in a group setting, which combines consultation with an endocrinologist, self-management education and peer support — all in one visit. Learn more about these services on page 8.

 

Prescription copays changing

A new Tennessee law no longer allows us to offer lower prescription copays at Kroger pharmacies. Copays must be the same across all in-network pharmacies. See your Retiree Benefits Guide for copay amounts, effective January 1.

 

New dental plan administrator

Starting January 1, 2022, Cigna will replace Delta Dental of Tennessee as our dental plan administrator. Look for more information about this change coming in December.

No new ID cards

You will continue to use your current Cigna medical ID card in 2022; no new cards will be issued.

Retirees age 65+ with Medicare

 

Below are 2022 changes to your benefits for retirees with Medicare. See your FYB newsletter for more details. You're also invited to attend a meeting or watch a recorded presentation by Cigna representatives; here's how.

New retiree medical plan!

As a certificated retiree or covered dependent with Medicare, you have a new MNPS retiree medical plan available to you

January 1, 2022: the Cigna Medicare Advantage PPO. This new plan combines the low out-of-pocket cost of a Medicare Advantage plan with the flexibility of a PPO:

  • Low cost: Monthly premiums are $50/person (compared to Cigna Medicare Surround: $136.01/person). And plan benefits are equal to or better than the Surround plan.

  • More flexibility: Unlike our current Medicare Advantage HMO*, you’re no longer limited to seeing network-contracted providers. In fact, you can see any provider you like, as long as they accept Medicare and are willing to treat you and bill Cigna. And, unlike many PPOs, you pay the same cost share whether you see a network or out-of-network provider.

You have several ways to learn more about your medical options:

*Medicare Advantage HMO plan closed

Our current Cigna Medicare Advantage HMO plan is now closed and no longer accepting new enrollments. If you’re currently enrolled in it, you may remain enrolled throughout 2022 or switch to one of the other plan options.

$0 cost for in-network behavioral health

MNPS continually strives to expand employee and retiree access to vital behavioral health care. Starting January 1, benefits for in-network inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services are increasing to 100% under all retiree plans. This means no copay, deductible or cost share required when you see a Cigna behavioral health network provider. Services include care for mental health as well as substance use disorders. Cigna has the largest behavioral health network in the industry, including two Centers of Excellence in/around Davidson County.

 

$0 cost for virtual counseling

Connect with Karla® is now available to all covered MNPS retirees — at no cost. The program gives you and your covered dependents access to licensed counselors through your mobile device. Learn more on page 6.

 

Two new services at MNPS Health Care Centers

Our Centers have partnered with Vanderbilt Dermatology to provide enhanced dermatology care. Also, in an effort to improve diabetes management, patients with diabetes can now have their follow-up appointments in a group setting, which combines consultation with an endocrinologist, self-management education and peer support — all in one visit.

New dental plan administrator

Starting January 1, 2022, Cigna will replace Delta Dental of Tennessee as our dental plan administrator. Look for more information about this change coming in December.

ID cards

New Cigna ID cards will only be issued to those switching to a different retiree medical plan. All others will continue to use their current ID cards in 2022.

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EMPLOYEE BENEFIT SERVICES

615-259-8607

2601 Bransford Avenue

Nashville, TN 37204

benefits@mnps.org

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