USPS explains how Medicare integration would benefit USPS retirees

To help restore USPS to financial stability, the organization’s leaders for many years have called for Medicare to be fully integrated into postal retiree health plans.

To help you understand what this means, here are some things you should know:

• Integrating the Postal Service’s Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) plans with Medicare would benefit both USPS and its retirees. When postal employees retire and are enrolled in Medicare, their Medicare coverage becomes their primary health coverage and their FEHB plans become their secondary health coverage.

Most private sector employers — and many state and local governments — that provide retiree health care to their employees require them to enroll in Medicare parts A and B.

While currently postal retirees are not required to enroll in Medicare when they become eligible at age 65, the majority of retirees do so voluntarily. In fact, 3 out of 4 retirees sign up for Medicare Part B because they determine that having both Medicare and an FEHB plan provides a better value for their out-of-pocket medical costs.

• Current legislative proposals being discussed on Capitol Hill would require that the Postal Service’s FEHB plans integrate with Medicare. If enacted, these proposals would be similar to what occurs in the private sector and at the state and local government levels.

There are a number of benefits to retirees under these proposals. While retirees would have an additional cost associated with Medicare Part B coverage, many FEHB plans eliminate the deductibles, copays and coinsurance for retirees who enroll in Medicare. Some plans offer additional incentives such as lower copays for prescription drugs for participants who enroll in Medicare.

Additionally, retirees may be able to select an FEHB plan with a lower premium cost when enrolling in Medicare and still maintain 100 percent coverage. Often, these savings offset or even exceed the cost of Medicare Part B coverage for many retirees.

• Integration with Medicare would ensure that the Postal Service would be able to provide retiree health care for employees into the future. However, it’s important to understand that this proposal alone won’t restore USPS to financial stability.

The Postal Service also requires legislative reform, a better product and service pricing system, and continued efforts to innovate and improve efficiency.

USPS will provide employees and retirees with more information on Medicare integration when it becomes available.

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There are many issues to consider with this proposal including: 1) retirement benefits must not be involuntarily changed after an employee retires. 2) medicare does not work for well economically for all federal retirees and should not be forced. Medicare should remain a choice retirees are allowed to make as it is now. 3) USPS management appears to be dramatically overstating the economic benefit of making this change. Unfortunately they are keeping their assumptions and calculations hidden from employees and retirees. Why keep the details hidden? Unfortunately current postal senior management have become spin masters, manipulating facts to suit their… Read more »

I fully agree with the statements made by the previous writer. What harm is there in leaving us with the choice of whether or not we want Medicare B? The real problem the USPS faces, deals with pre-funding healthcare for future postal employees. They need not place the cost of that debacle onto the backs of Postal Retirees. That is exactly what this proposal would do..

The Prefunding of Retiree Benefits ran from 2006 through 2017. During that period the Postal Service failed to pay into it almost every year. In 2006 Congress gave the Postal Service more leniency with the rate structure, which, at the time, the USPS said it needed to survive. Having greater control of the rate structure should have made it simple for the Postal Service to cover this cost. But due to lousy management, which has plagued the USPS for decades, they failed miserably. So, as First-Class Revenue began to drop, mainly due the online Business Dealings and Email use by… Read more »

What if the retiree is 65 and spouse 60? The retiree gets the additional burden of paying 170 more a month for Medicare in addition to paying for the NALC Health plan. This would be fair if the NALC credits the retiree 170 a month because they are secondary payers to doctors. WHAT A RIP.

save the usps billions…and pass the cost to the people that worked their whole life…. billions

At no point in time will this benefit Postal Employees, retired or not. This is the Lefts attempt to eliminate the private sector’s healthcare plans for Postal Employees. The Government destroyed Social Security, which was meant to provide for the elderly after they retired, by blowing all the money on social programs that were never covered by it. Now that it’s heading for bankruptcy, they have their greedy minds set on taking over our Private Health Care Sector and draining it dry on even more failed Social Programs. It’s a fact the young need far less healthcare than the elderly,… Read more »