Mario explains our COLA
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• Reducing the subsidy multiplier by 0.1%, to 2.3% per year of service — a retiree with 30 years or more of service would receive a subsidy in 2013 of 69% of the total cost of the plan. The 2012 subsidy for a retiree with 30 years of service is 72%.• Increasing annual non-Medicare deductible and out-of-pocket limits — would set new amounts for the Medical Mutual Basic Plan, the Medical Mutual Plus Plan and the STRS Ohio Prescription Drug Program:– Basic Plan deductible would increase to $1,750 from $1,500, and the out-of-pocket maximum would increase to $2,900 from $2,500.– Plus Plan deductible would increase to $1,000 from $500, and the out-of-pocket maximum would increase to $2,100 from $1,500.– Prescription Drug Program deductible and out-of-pocket maximum would be indexed to standard Medicare coverage levels.• Increasing physician copayments under the Aetna Medicare Plan (PPO) — would increase physician office copayment to $20 from $15 and would implement a $40 out-of-network physician copayment in Ohio.• Adding urgent care and emergency room copayment per occurrence to the Basic and Plus Plans — $35 for urgent care and $50 for emergency room copayment per occurrence, then subject to deductible and coinsurance (emergency room copayments waived if admitted). This is consistent with the Aetna Medicare Plan (PPO).• Combining Tier 3 and Tier 4 drugs as non-preferred brand-name drugs with 100% coinsurance. In addition, 120 drugs would move to Tier 3 from Tier 2. This change would encourage the use of generic drugs.• Revising proton pump inhibitor (PPI) program — would discontinue the $5 over-the-counter (OTC) Prilosec program due to the increase in availability of generics and would cover generics/OTC drugs at standard copayment levels.• Moving the non-Medicare enrollees to a narrower retail pharmacy network beginning June 1, 2012 — this would impact fewer than 250 enrollees who would need to change their pharmacy.The recommended plan changes are projected to save about $31 million annually.