August 1999


Medicare plan costs rise
Premiums for the Major Medical Medicare Supplement Plan for retirees over age 65 have gone up. The increased deductions, effective August 1, will begin with August checks.

Premiums will increase from $82 to $92 for individuals and from $164 to $184 for individuals and spouses.

“The increase in cost is attributed to the high rate of utilization of the plan combined with continually rising medical costs,” Jill Freeman, manager of Benefit Plans Delivery, says. “The company shares equally in the cost of this plan; therefore, it will also be contributing the additional amount toward coverage.”

Questions may be directed to the OneCall Benefits Service Center, (423) 574-1500 or 1-877-TO-1-CALL (1-877-861-2255). That phone system is new and some glitches are being worked out. If you have trouble getting through, please try again.