Retirees received health insurance updates as well as additional information on October 29 at a meeting with UI Human Resources and Health Alliance officials (see video 1'20").  No significant changes will be made in the UI insurance coverage, Debra Hughes, UI’s director of benefits, told about 120 retirees attending the meeting at Parkview Church, Iowa City. She said minor changes will be taking place in pharmacy benefits. Retirees will be  receiving new UI Choice cards by January 1.  For more information about UI benefits, see

Two Medicare Advantage plan options are an alternative to UIChoice and available from Health Alliance Group Medicare Plans based in Urbana, IL.  Ericka Williams, director of consumer sales for Health Alliance described each: the Medicare Advantage Guide HMO Plus Rx Plan with a $35 monthly premium  and  the customized Medicare Advantage PPO with benefits similar to UIChoice with a $279 monthly premium. For more information about the Medicare Advantage plans, see