Knowing you’re enrolled in the right plan is reassuring when it comes to your well-being. UMP Classic is the Public Employees Benefits Board's (PEBB) Medicare plan. It gives you access to a wide range of benefits, plus health and wellness programs designed to support your health care needs. Read the UMP Classic summary for Medicare retirees for a plan overview, check out the Summary of Benefits and Coverage, or view UMP Classic (Medicare) plan details to learn more about covered services and cost information.
You’re considered a Medicare retiree if all of the following apply to you:
- Enrolled in PEBB retiree insurance coverage
- Age 65 or older (or younger and eligible for Medicare due to medical disability)
- Enrolled in both Medicare Part A (hospital) and Part B (medical)
As you approach age 65, the PEBB program will send you a letter explaining what you need to do to keep PEBB retiree health plan coverage and apply for Medicare Part A and Part B. For questions about Medicare eligibility, enrollment, and premiums, call PEBB Customer Service at 1 (800) 200-1004 (TRS: 711).
As a retiree, you and your eligible dependents must be enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B if eligible, to enroll in the UMP Classic plan. Because UMP Classic includes prescription drug coverage that is creditable to Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, you cannot also be enrolled in a Medicare Part D drug plan.
UMP Classic and Medicare are two separate types of health coverage that work together to pay for covered services and supplies. Your monthly premiums may be lower because Medicare pays part of your medical costs. How they work together to pay your claims depends on whether you’re retired.
If you are not retired, but are a Medicare-eligible PEBB employee and a plan subscriber, you may choose to enroll in Medicare Part A, or Medicare Part A and Part B. You are not required to enroll in Medicare Part A or Part B when you are working. If you choose to enroll in Medicare Part A or Part B then UMP Classic pays first, and Medicare pays second. This also applies to retired dependents enrolled in UMP Classic under an employee’s account. To get the maximum benefit from both plans, be sure:
- To tell Medicare about your UMP Classic coverage.
- That your provider agrees to bill Medicare as secondary.
UMP Classic does not bill or coordinate benefits with Medicare when Medicare is the secondary payer. Your provider will need to bill Medicare after UMP Classic has processed the claim.
If you are a Medicare retiree, Medicare pays first and UMP Classic pays second. Be sure to tell Medicare you are enrolled in UMP Classic so they send UMP your claims after Medicare processes them. Because Medicare pays first, a few rules are different for Medicare retirees. These rules are explained in full in the Medicare section of the UMP Classic 2021 Certificate of Coverage, including:
- How UMP Classic and Medicare work together
- What UMP Classic covers that Medicare does not cover
- Your choices for providers
- How billing works
- How your prescription drug coverage works
- Where to go for more information
If you are retired but you or an eligible dependent are not yet eligible to enroll in Medicare Part A and Part B, the Medicare section in your certificate of coverage does not apply to you.
You may not enroll in both UMP Classic and a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Because UMP Classic includes prescription drug coverage that is creditable to Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, you cannot also be enrolled in a Medicare Part D drug plan. Medicare will notify the PEBB program if you enroll in a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan while enrolled in UMP Classic. You may lose your eligibility for PEBB retiree health plan coverage if you do this.
If you want a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, you must change your medical plan from UMP Classic to Premera's Medicare Supplement Plan G or you can choose the Health Care Authority's United Health Care Medicare Advantage plans.
Medicare Part B pays for some prescription drugs and supplies under the medical benefit, and they are subject to the Medicare medical deductible. UMP Classic also pays under the medical benefit, and charges are subject to the UMP Classic medical deductible.
Some diabetes care supplies are covered under the durable medical equipment benefit, and the UMP Classic medical deductible applies. See the Diabetes care supplies section in your certificate of coverage for more about this benefit.
Medicare Part B does cover some prescription drugs and supplies through network pharmacies. Be sure to choose a network pharmacy that can bill Medicare Part B directly to ensure you pay the appropriate amount.
Medicare accepts claims only from pharmacies, not from individuals. If Medicare covers a drug or supply and the pharmacy doesn't send the claim to Medicare first for payment, UMP Classic will reject the claim. Use the Pharmacy Locator to find a network pharmacy. Be sure to confirm that the network pharmacy can bill Medicare Part B directly.
UMP's network mail-order pharmacy, Postal Prescription Services, cannot bill Medicare for diabetes care supplies when Medicare is your primary coverage. To find a Medicare-approved mail-order pharmacy for diabetes care supplies, call Medicare.
Find out more about Vision Service Plan (VSP) coverage and costs, including access to VSP Choice network providers.
You’ll pay less when you see a preferred provider for services that UMP Classic covers, but preferred providers do not always accept Medicare, so be sure to ask.
When Medicare covers a service, you must see a provider who accepts Medicare for the service to be covered by both Medicare and UMP Classic. If your provider is not contracted with Medicare or has opted out of participating, UMP Classic will not cover services by that provider, even if they are in the UMP Classic network.
Providers that opt out of Medicare are supposed to have you sign a private contract before providing services, but you are responsible for all costs even if you did not sign a contract.
Washington State Prescription Services and Postal Prescription Services do not provide BlueCross Blue Shield Services and are separate companies solely responsible for their products/services.
VSP is a separate company that provides vision services.