In a significant move to enhance health insurance services for its retired employees, the City of Montgomery, Alabama, has announced a strategic partnership with AMWINS Group Benefits, LLC. This collaboration, set to commence in January 2024, marks a new era in the provision of supplemental health insurance for retired Medicare-eligible city employees.
AMWINS Group Benefits, a renowned administrator in group Medicare supplemental benefits, will take over the administration of the city’s supplemental health insurance programs. This transition promises a seamless experience for retirees, ensuring no disruption in their current coverage. The program’s notable feature is its full guarantee, offering peace of mind to retirees regardless of their current or future medical conditions.
The restructuring of program management is not just a logistical change but a strategic one, aimed at reducing the city’s overhead costs and stabilizing the administration expenses for retiree coverage. The partnership extends to a comprehensive coverage scheme, with AMWINS overseeing medical claims through United American Insurance, dental claims via Ameritas, and prescription claims managed by Express Scripts.
Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed emphasized the importance of this move. “As a city, we are committed to constantly evaluating and improving the services we offer. Partnering with AMWINS, a leader in this field, aligns with our objective of prudent spending of taxpayer dollars while enhancing the benefits for our retiree community,” he stated. Mayor Reed further noted that this transition would not only save the city money but also reduce premiums for most retirees, marking a win-win for both the city’s budget and its retired workforce.
The city has also addressed common concerns regarding the new health program. Most hospitals and physicians accept Medicare, which means retirees can continue visiting their preferred healthcare providers without any network restrictions. Additionally, there are no co-pay charges by United American, and surgeries do not require preapproval. The prescription drug plan, managed by Express Scripts, will serve as the primary prescription service, coordinating seamlessly with other drug coverage plans like Tri-Care in certain cases.
Retirees or individuals seeking more information about their benefit coverage can contact AMWINS at 1-844-304-6634. A customer service representative will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM to address any queries or concerns.
This partnership is a testament to Montgomery’s commitment to its retired employees, ensuring they continue to receive high-quality health care benefits in their post-service life.