Annuitants and certain individuals on subsidized extended coverage age 65 or older who wish to pay subsidized rates for health insurance premiums must enroll in the Medicare Advantage (MA) PPO Standard or Premium option offered by UnitedHealthcare or the MA PPO Standard Option offered by Humana (through an alliance with Cigna). See Plan Documents for rate resolutions and annuitant subsidy policies.
Learn more about SHBP’s Medicare Policy. - Updated 02/04/13
To obtain information about the MA PPO Plans, contact the appropriate vendor below:
- Humana -- www.humana.com/stateofga or 800-942-6724
- UnitedHealthcare -- www.uhcretiree.com/shbp or 877-246-4190
Annuitants and other former employees continuing coverage age 65 and older may choose to enroll in any other non-MA option offered by SHBP but will pay 100 percent of the cost of the coverage. The Retiree Decision Guide contains premium information.
To Enroll in Medicare
Visit www.medicare.gov or call Medicare.
- Toll-Free: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
- TTY Users: Call 1-877-486-2048 to speak with a Customer Service Representative
After Medicare Enrollment, Contact SHBP
Call, fax or mail a copy of your Medicare Part A, B and/or D information to SHBP:
|Toll-Free:||800-610-1863 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET)|
|Secure Fax #:||866-828-4796|
|Mail:||State Health Benefit Plan
P.O. Box 1990
Atlanta, Georgia 30301-1990
If you are electing another option, this information should be provided when calling, faxing or mailing your Medicare information.
NOTE: If faxing or mailing, please be sure to write the retiree's name and Social Security number on the copy to SHBP.
Things to remember when you become eligible for Medicare
If you elect not to enroll in one of the SHBP MA PPO options, you will not be able to pay a subsidized premium for your health insurance. In this case, you will pay the entire cost of your SHBP coverage.
If you choose an non-MA PPO option, by federal law, Medicare will be your primary coverage/payer and SHBP will be secondary. You will still be responsible for any applicable co-payments and deductibles under your SHBP plan option.
In most cases, there is no advantage to being covered by two health insurance plans.