November 22, 2016

Chicago retirees must enroll in other insurance to ensure continued health coverage in 2017

The City of Chicago has chosen to break its promise to workers who dedicated their lives in service to the city, and December 31, 2016, marks the end of a three-year phase out of the City of Chicago’s retiree health care plan.

At the end of this year, the city intends to terminate its retiree health plans. All retirees (except for those who retired prior to August 23, 1989) must enroll in other insurance for 2017 to ensure continued health coverage.   

This is a difficult time for city retirees. Despite a vigorous lobbying effort, we were not able to convince the Chicago City Council to take action to block the Emanuel Administration’s plan to discontinue retiree health care coverage. But we’re not giving up the fight. AFSCME is continuing to press the city to provide some form of health care subsidy for lower-income retirees who will be hardest hit.   

For now, though, it’s important that every retired city employee take action to ensure that you have health insurance coverage when your current coverage is terminated.

To prepare, first gather a few important personal documents so signing up will go as smoothly as possible. Make sure you have this information handy:


Medicare-eligible city retirees who have Medicare Parts A and B will need to sign up for supplemental insurance such as a Medicare Supplement, a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C), or Part D Prescription Drug plan.


AFSCME will keep pushing City of Chicago officials to make sure that every city retiree is able to access good, affordable health coverage. You can help by calling your alderman to tell him or her to call Mayor Emanuel with this message: "Don’t abandon city retirees who urgently need affordable health insurance!"

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