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18 hours ago
John Phelps

# **IMPORTANT NOTICE: REGISTRATION**

**We are in the Final Steps (Legalities) of the Post-65 Group Healthcare Plan--We will be Offering Soon.**

**We apologize for the delay**, but sometimes it's issues that are beyond our control. Once this piece is done--we will reach out to All our Members-via emails, Webinars, and other Marketing tools.

**So...Your Solutions Board of Directors wants to EMPHASIZE the NEED for ALL of our Facebook Group Members to Get Over to our Formal Solutions Website, and get REGISTERED!**

**Registration is FREE**; if later on, you decide to give us a Donation, that is entirely up to you--it is NOT mandatory! Certainly, we would very much appreciate your Financial Support, if you can?

**Once you are Registered, you will also be able to access (look at) the Benistar Post-65 information page**--which have all the details of this new Post-65 Group Healthcare Plan (**Coming Soon!**)

**To Register at the Solutions Formal Website, please go here today, or as soon as possible-- geretireesolutions.org/log-in/ **Scroll down the page to the Registration Form, fill it out, and Submit it.

**PLEASE Don't Delay--**We have worked hard to present this opportunity to our Members--we don't want anyone interested to miss this great opportunity! **REGISTER TODAY!**
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# **IMPORTANT NOTICE: REGISTRATION**

**We are in the Final Steps (Legalities) of the Post-65 Group Healthcare Plan--We will be Offering Soon.**

**We apologize for the delay**, but sometimes its issues that are beyond our control. Once this piece is done--we will reach out to All our Members-via emails, Webinars, and other Marketing tools.

**So...Your Solutions Board of Directors wants to EMPHASIZE the NEED for ALL of our Facebook Group Members to Get Over to our Formal Solutions Website, and get REGISTERED!**

**Registration is FREE**; if later on, you decide to give us a Donation, that is entirely up to you--it is NOT mandatory!  Certainly, we would very much appreciate your Financial Support, if you can?

**Once you are Registered, you will also be able to access (look at) the Benistar Post-65 information page**--which have all the details of this new Post-65 Group Healthcare Plan (**Coming Soon!**)

**To Register at the Solutions Formal Website, please go here today, or as soon as possible-- https://geretireesolutions.org/log-in/  **Scroll down the page to the Registration Form, fill it out, and Submit it.

**PLEASE Dont Delay--**We have worked hard to present this opportunity to our Members--we dont want anyone interested to miss this great opportunity!  **REGISTER TODAY!**

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To Register at the Solutions Formal Website, please go here today, or as soon as possible-- geretireesolutions.org/log-in/ Scroll down the page to the Registration Form, fill it out, and Submit it.

Remember, with a Group Healthcare Plan...you can switch at any time of the year. It is "portable," which means it can used wherever Medicare is accepted. And Please Remember--"It won't hurt to at least listen, and look at this New, Enhanced, Comprehensive Post-65 Healthcare Plan (with RX), that we will be presenting soon!!" We have built many enhanced (extra) Benefits into this Post-65 Group Healthcare Plan.

Interested

Do you have to be 65

John I see where I have to go online and put in lots of info to make a donation to the Benefit Solutions...I will not do that, but if you provide an address, I will send a check

Do u have to be 65

Are you considering it Brother? Sounds interesting. I didn't know you could get out of a plan before the year was out, like with CDPHP.

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16 hours ago

Does anyone know why the Pension 1099-R is more than what I got paid ... See MoreSee Less

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The difference would be Federal and Local Taxes and any other withholdings.

There’s also a pension amount & taxable amount.

As your grandpa Fred or Ken why you need to work

TAXABLE AMOUNT is less most of the time

3 days ago

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Great Story!!

Amazing!

When GE was a family

1 month ago
John Phelps

# **QUESTION: How Many Have Been Able to Get Their COVID Vaccination Shot?**

I**f you don't mind say--** Yes, I got mine; No, I did not get mine; I am hoping to have an Appointment soon; I am Disappointed in the Rollout; or whatever answer you may have.

**Also, Please tell us** **what State you live in**?

**Just an Informal Poll. Wow...OVERWHELMINGLY Poor so far...Many are waiting, can't get an Appt, Etc. And we (Post-65) are supposed to be the Next Priority Group--Seniors--the MOST Vulnerable Group!**

**GREAT Response so far---Thank YOU ALL!!**
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# **QUESTION:  How Many Have Been Able to Get Their COVID Vaccination Shot?**

I**f you dont mind say--** Yes, I got mine;  No, I did not get mine;  I am hoping to have an Appointment soon;  I am Disappointed in the Rollout; or whatever answer you may have.  

**Also, Please tell us** **what State you live in**?

**Just an Informal Poll.  Wow...OVERWHELMINGLY Poor so far...Many are waiting, cant get an Appt, Etc.  And we (Post-65) are supposed to be the Next Priority Group--Seniors--the MOST Vulnerable Group!**

**GREAT Response so far---Thank YOU ALL!!**

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I am disappointed in the rollout; hoping to get an appointment soon, I live in Florida.

Yes got it.

Brian Kelley you are in Florida?

Hoping to get appointment soon! Lebanon Ky

Still waiting for appt, Ohio

PLEASE LIST Your State--Thanks.

I, too, live in Florida and am having a hard time getting an appointment to get the shot.

Ray's on the list, but could be as far out as March to get it..KS. As for me I'm leaving my 'spot' open for those who have underlying health issues that need the shot worse than I before I get one.

Husband got his / 70s, I’m in next group 65-69 so waiting for that to open. Indiana

Yes in SC. Second shot next week.

No, I have not gotten mine. My area in NC is still only making appointments for 75+.

No we haven’t got one, can’t seem to find , live in Georgia

Getting vaccinated on sunday Jan 31 in Wisconsin

Got my first one!

Getting my first one Monday. Indiana

Not old enough to get ours yet. But hopefully soon. KY

69

No I did not

No I have not gotten my shot yet. Live in Iowa. Our county gets a 100 doses at a time. I am disappointed in the rollout.

Yes and I go for my second one Sunday

I am not old enough however my father in law is a GE retiree and he is getting his first one on Monday. We live in New York. He is getting his through the Veterans Hospital in Albany.

PLEASE Include Your State...Thanks.

Had my first one Sunday. Total time in and out 30 min.

Not yet. Southern Indiana

Had my first! 15 minutes

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6 days ago

Called Via today they imformed me to receive benefits they need to be the ones that register me for my Medicare choice, is this true? ... See MoreSee Less

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To get the reimbursement yes

Yes. They made me cancel who I was with in order to reimbursement us And then registered us with someone else.

Yep! Via is a joke!

Never had an issue with Via. Been very helpful

Haven’t had a problem with via

VIA has been great for us.

Steve Oyes IF you qualify for the RRA, ($1,000) you do have to take at least ONE of the plans through them to receive it. You DO NOT have to take both the medicap supplemental plan and the drug plan. I go outside VIA for my medicap supplemental plan as I have a LOT MORE choices and premiums to choose from. For example I have Plan N thought Mutual of Omaha (outside of VIA)). I pay 92.00 a month. VIA only has FOUR plans for me to select from for the Plan N and their rates start at $40.00 MORE a month and goes up from there. SAME PLAN SAME BENEFITS. I do get my Plan D (drug) through VIA and I pay 23.00 a month. The extra $40.00+ I SAVE by going OUTSIDE of VIA for my medicap supplemental. In total I pay $115 a month by going outside VIA for my supplemental plan. After my RRA has exhausted (which is about 9 months), I still have to POOP (pay out of pocket) $380.00. IF I used VIA for both of my plans, it would cost me approx 155+ a month. I would have to POOP $860+ after my RRA exhausted which would be 6 months. . To ME it's a no brainer to go outside of VIA for my supplemental plan and get my Plan D through VIA. Many people don't want to take the time to make some calls for better pricing so are willing to pay more and use VIA for both. It does require a bit more effort because if you do go outside of VIA for ONE of the plans, yo DO need to get a letter of verification from your insurance provider and submit to VIA every year. Last thing is; when you speak to someone at VIA please write down their name, date and time you spoke to someone. This helps if you need to reach out to the Benefits advocate Brian W Demo to assist you.

I haven’t had any problems with VIA. They reimburse me up to the $1000. Usually, I pay their premium and they will reimburse me that, up to, $1000. I have autopay. They withdraw their premium and then they will deposit it back in!

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3 weeks ago

Interested in hearing any Group members experience with Alight Solutions Dependent Verification process. The initial deadline was March 23,2021. This changed to May 10, 2021. ... See MoreSee Less

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I sent a copy of 2019 tax return and a copy of my marriage certificate. Three days later I had verification. No problems!

Have we had to do this in The pass I remember GE asking the write down names and stuff but never a marriage certificate or any other type that I remember is I am I wrong

It said as an option to send a property tax statement with both names and a marriage certificate. They rejected the property tax statement Now I will send a heavily redacted 1040.

I sent my marriage certificate and property tax statement and both was rejected. I had to go to the courthouse and get a copied of both so i hope they don't reject it again.

I just had to send in a copy of the federal tax return, filed as a surviving spouse, I did it by uploading it to the website, it was maybe 3-4 days and I received an email, and when I clicked on the link I was able to print out my confirmation of having insurance.

I uploaded a copy of my marriage certificate and a redacted recent credit card statement that has both our names. Received my verification in 3 days.

I got a confirmation from Alight in today's mail stating that dependent eligibility is verified.

I called the 866 number and they said our marriage certificate and property taxes with both name is good.

If they’re looking for fraud, maybe they should examine Welch and Immelt!

I spoke with them Friday must. Have proof in by March 23rd not May.

I didnt get a letter. Where do so call?

It was easy. I uploaded our marriage certificate and 1040 first page with SSN and money stuff blacked out. They responded in like 2 days that I am verified. Others may have issues, but it was very smooth for me.

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1 month ago
John Phelps

# **Time to Get Registered at our Formal Website Folks--Don't Put it Off!**

**Go and Do it Today-- Go Here--** geretireesolutions.org/log-in/ Scroll down to the Registration Form.

**Thank You!**
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# **Time to Get Registered at our Formal Website Folks--Dont Put it Off!**

**Go and Do it Today-- Go Here--** https://geretireesolutions.org/log-in/    Scroll down to the Registration Form.

**Thank You!**

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Register Today--at our Formal Website-- geretireesolutions.org/log-in/

John, I've been out of the loop for a couple of months. Do I need to register since I'm already a member?

4 weeks ago

I will say I have never had anything happen like this since retiring in 2005. I got my husbands medicine in January and it had went up triple in price. I call Sliverscript and they said he had to meet his deductible. We have never paid a deductible before. That even is not the problem. A month later I get a bill for $8.10 as an adjustment for his medicine. I called and they said CVS did not charge me enough. The principal here is I have already paid and can’t see paying additional! If that is the case every time I get medicine they can bill me a month after the fact. Leaning towards not paying it!! ... See MoreSee Less

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We had the deductible last year too. I was shocked by it then.

I always check GoodRx and most of the time it is cheaper.also it is free

The deductible is not really the issue. Paying more a month later is crazy. That just does not seem right?!

Aetna acquired Silverscript, terms changed, now include a deductible in addition to a higher premium

Every new Year is a beginning Deductible. We Always have to pay it.

Brenda we use Well Care it comes out of SS checks 17.00 a month and almost all mine and Gary's meds are free when we pick them up. They are all 90 days

We compare all our meds with GoodRx. We joined the Kroger plan too and saved enough in one month to pay the fees for the year. One prescription for $230 we ended up getting for $20

Jan all my meds doubled.

I know it isn't fair. They have done me the same way. I did change pharmacies (Costco) and they are better and I do use a discount card, Good RX most of the time and there are a few others out there and I now just pay my Deductible up front (it was $200. 00 this year) and that avoids charging you double. I know many of you like me took the N plan when you retired, for me it was as close as I was going to get to the company insurance match but here's the kicker, at the time (2016) I hardly ever got sick, I had some physical issues but I didn't go to the Dr for that but a few times a year only because you have to be seen in order to get my few prescriptions filled on a yearly basis but that plan saved me money, I took is the cheaper plans thinking that would benefit me since I went to a Dr less than 6 times a year so of course it wasn't a great move, as medicines cost rises and we get older the time to make more frequent visits to the Dr has come upon us those cheap plans don't fit my lifestyle anymore. Back in the summer I needed a script that normally cost $2000. 00! Since I hadn't met my deductible since I never go to the dr my out of pocket for that med was $800.00! And that was only a two week supply! I couldn't afford that so I didn't get it. I did end up taking high doses of amoxicillan for 2 weeks and my issue almost completely dissappeard which means I might have to do this again but I will if I have to and wonder why they are making it so difficult for senior citizens to even stay alive. We take these cheaper plans because we all need to save money.

I.don’t Understand either one prescription went from $20 to $102 because of deductible... I never had a deductible

Brian W Demo Maybe you can help?

Yes, we have always had a deductible also. So first few prescriptions you get may cause sticker shock, but when a plan is recommended for you that is factored into annual cost before you select. So...you may be paying lower Part D premium than last year???

Yes deductible paid upfront $3++, went thru that last year, my husband had to stop taking the Januvia, the deductible and 90 days over $790. Then $430for next 90 days.thats $4.78 a pill. Plus silverscript pays $1100 for 90 days.thats $12.22 a pill...$17 for each pill. $6,000 a year!!!! No medicine should cost this much...none! $17 a day!!!!Cant get any discount due to government laws if you have medicare....

You know...really...the bottom line is-- the Pharmaceutical Companies are greedy robbers; they need to be regulated. Our Pension doesn't go up, our Social Security only increases moderately--neither addresses the true cost of living--especially the constant increase in Healthcare Costs in this Country! And Retirees/Dependents get hurt the worst, because many are on meds--sorry, but to me, it's really "sickening" (literally, makes us sick, if we can't take our meds)!

This Post has had a far reach--1400 members have looked at it--it confirms what we have said for a long time, and our Healthcare Surveys have confirmed also--because of HIGH out-of-pocket costs--seniors/retirees/dependents have had to SKIP doctor appts, SKIP test/procedures, and SKIP meds--this is UNCONSCIONABLE in this Country. KFF and other prominent studies have confirmed this also!

We have had a high of 24% of our GE Retirees/Dependents struggling with Medical costs (again, this number for our age group is confirmed by KFF). Our only hope, I believe, is legislation that allows Medicare to negotiate drug costs. Prescription drug prices in the United States are notoriously higher than in other high-income countries. Unlike in other countries, the U.S. government does not directly regulate or negotiate the price of drugs. Instead, U.S. drug companies set their own prices, but insurers and pharmacies determine how much patients actually pay out-of-pocket.

Sorry, this Post got me going! It has been a CONCERN for this Group/Organization for years, and has been brought up many times to GE. BUT, to be FAIR--it isn't GE doing it--it is the drug companies, insurers and pharmacies. We need relief!

"Public Opinion on Prescription Drugs and Their Prices"-- Oct. 2020--by KFF--interesting FACTS! Go here and read--"the best offense is a good defense--so EDUCATE yourselves"-- Go Here and Read-- www.kff.org/slideshow/public-opinion-on-prescription-drugs-and-their-prices/

There are many GREAT strategies shared whenever a Post like this happens; but isn't it sad, we have to fend for ourselves, and come up with these strategies--from GoodRX, to switching pharmacies, to RX Help Centers, to changing Healthcare Plans, and on and on. It sure would be nice if Big Companies and Legislators did something about this...wouldn't it?!?!

I think that GE benefits are definitely not what they used to be😢 This is so sad because of employees that worked hard for these benefits and dedicated their lives to General Electric!

Use GoodRx

The pharmaceutical companies need to get the extra money from us so they can take care of the illegals free medicine.

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4 weeks ago

I have a question about my in come tax and I got a 1099R is that all I need to get my taxes done I have my statement from social security ... See MoreSee Less

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Your tax return can’t be sent in to the IRS until the 12 of FEB.

If you have interest and/or dividend income, you should have received a 1099 for them also.

Thank u 😊

You should get a tax form from your banking institution indicating any interest earned. And as Mr. Brandon indicating, you need to report income from your investments (if any).

My tax person said I need to let her know how much stimulus money I received and a copy of my drivers license. I live in Illinois.

Should be , use the 1040SR and you will get a get bigger standard deduction if you and your'e spouse are over 65 years old, the standard deduction goes from $24,800 to $27,400.

It works for me and mine.

Thanks everyone 😘

With all due respect, based on your question, I’d suggest you have someone prepare and file your taxes.

Stimulus isn’t taxed there a rebate credit if you didn’t get the money need help in Columbus City.In Call me at 260-244-5040 Marilyn

depends on your source of income.. there are SSA-1099 (usually from Socicial Security), 1099-R (usually from Pension), 1099-Int, (usually from Banks/Brokerage), etc. If you did not get either the first of second Stimulus check through some errro, you are entitled to claim that as a credit on your 2020 return, as Marilyn pointed out.

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4 weeks ago

I have read that we have to supply a copy of our latest 1040 form for proof of insurance. What can I black out on it and still be acceptable? ... See MoreSee Less

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Proof of insurance for what?

I got mine in the mail today

Who is going to get this? Everyone or just some?

anyone who has dependents on their GE insurance!! after retirement ...I think

Black out all except dependents and your names and ss#

Thank you everyone!!!

Call them. There's a phone number on the sheet they sent you

Erle Coleman

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4 weeks ago

I seen on this site where someone started receiving Medicare and their was insurance dropped but their wife was still covered till she became Medicare age is this true ... See MoreSee Less

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My wife turned 65 the year after me and she was on the GE plan until 65.

Yes it’s true, my husband & me had to get a insurance on our on to go with Medicare.

She will lose dental and vision once you turn 65

Generally. YES

Yep mine did

me too

Yes, ge let's dependents get ins til they are 65 plus ge reimburses me for my medicare d/t my disability

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