Are we asking for medical coverage at retirement?

Updated: Aug 5, 2019

Yes! Providing a means for Flight Attendants to retire with the security and peace of mind provided by medical coverage is one of our top priorities in these negotiations. Although the traditional full-coverage medical plans by an insurance provider (like HMSA) are almost entirely a thing of the past, there are ways to obtain medical coverage in retirement that is on par with the current coverage we have as Flight Attendants.

Our contract already provides for medical full coverage until the age of 65 for Flight Attendants that retire at age 60 with 30 years of service. Once a person reaches age 65 they are covered by Medicare. Original Medicare covers hospitalization, doctor, and medical expenses (basic expenses). With a Medicare insurance supplement to cover those expenses not covered by Original Medicare, we can achieve a level of coverage that is comparable to our current coverage at a fraction of the cost. That is the part we are working on securing.

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