Important information about Verizon Annual Enrollment

October 29, 2010

Recently, the Association of BellTel Retirees has received some questions about the Retiree Annual Enrollment process. There may be some misinformation circulating and we talked directly to Verizon to clarify.

Below is a summary of the Retiree Annual Enrollment process for this year, per our communications with Verizon.

–The Annual Enrollment Period for Retirees is November 15 – December 1, 2010

–Communications (also referred to as postcards) have been mailed directly to retirees’ homes and contain information about 2011 Annual Enrollment. These should be received no later than next week.

–As the postcards indicate, Verizon has added a feature this year for retirees that do not have internet access. These retirees can contact the Verizon Benefits Center directly at 1-877-489-2367 and request a “Summary of Benefits Coverages Statement” via the automated system to be mailed to their home. This Summary will reflect the retiree’s current elections and 2011 premium contributions.

–For retirees with internet access, all material will be available online at beginning November 1 and there is no need to request a kit.

–There were only a few plan drops this year and anyone in a plan that is no longer available will receive a separate letter along with Health Plan Comparison Charts reflecting other plans available to them. This will also be noted within the applicable postcards.

In order to make an informed decision about your benefits for 2011, we recommend that you go online to to compare your benefits options and their costs for the coming year. If you have any questions, please call the Verizon Benefits Center at 1-877-489-2367.