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CMS Announces TRAIL Annual Open Enrollment Period for 2018

The following is taken from the CMS TRAIL website:

The TRAIL Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period for the 2018 plan year will be October 16 – November 16, 2017.  Informational seminars will be held statewide to give eligible retirees and survivors an opportunity to learn about the Total Retiree Advantage Illinois (TRAIL) Program.  Topics will include eligibility criteria and an explanation of the benefits provided through the Program.
The seminars will begin October 10th and will go through October 19th. A list of the 2017 seminars dates, times and locations will be forthcoming.  Representatives from the Department of Central Management Services (CMS), the Medicare Advantage plans being offered in the area, and Silver Sneakers will be present to answer your questions.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can view a recording of the October 16, 2017 seminar (forthcoming).  A PowerPoint slide presentation will be made available.

Retirees and survivors who became eligible for the TRAIL Medicare Advantage Program over the past year (i.e., became eligible for Medicare between October 2, 2016 and October 1, 2017) should receive a letter (printed on yellow paper) in mid-September notifying them of their eligibility and the requirement to enroll or opt out of the coverage during the TRAIL Open Enrollment Period.  All newly eligible for TRAIL should receive a TRAIL Open Enrollment packet the first week of October.  All currently enrolled members should receive a flyer notifying you of any plan changes.

2017 Chapter Meeting

The annual chapter meeting was held on April 19, 2017 on the UIC west campus.  The following officers and directors were elected: President, Brenda Russell; 2nd Vice President, William Peterman; Treasurer, Lawrence Kloc; Director-at-Large, Kathleen Stauffer.  Illinois Sen. Daniel Biss (D-9) gave a presentation entitled “How To Make Illinois Flourish.”  The chapter thanks Program director Karen Scherman and Social director Debbie Matthews for their excellent service in executing the program and arranging the delicious luncheon that followed. Thanks also go to chapter member Jim Limber for recording Sen. Biss’ presentation; a video of it may be viewed here.


Holiday Luncheon 2016

The annual holiday luncheon was held on Dec. 13, 2016 at the Greek Islands Restaurant in Greektown, Chicago.  An excellent repast was enjoyed by all, thanks to the efforts of chapter program director Karen Scherman and social director Debbie Matthews.  Photos of the event may be viewed here.


UIC SUAA Fall Forum

2016 Fall Forum

The 2016 Fall Forum was held on Oct. 26th in the UIC Student Center East (SCE).  The topic was “The Impact of Higher Education on the Illinois Economy.”  UI President Dr. Timothy Killeen and Peter Skosey, former Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), shared their perspectives and answered questions on the future of Illinois.  SUAA President Larry Alferink spoke briefly about the importance of SUAA and took questions.