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AFT Member Finds Better Medicare Plan with Help from Union Plus

AFT member Meredith Bunting of Albuquerque, New Mexico, wanted to reduce her monthly Medicare supplement rates. She explored her options during the open enrollment period and was able to save with the Union Plus Retiree Health Insurance Program.


Albuquerque Teachers Federation (AFT Local 1420) member Meredith Bunting grew tired of paying high monthly Medicare supplement rates. A fellow AFT member recommended exploring her options through the Union Plus Retiree Health Insurance Program1, which Bunting did during the open enrollment period.

“I wanted to see if I could find a better plan than the one I had, and the representative recommended a Medicare Advantage plan that a friend had also recommended,” Bunting recalled. 

The Union Plus Retiree Health Insurance Program partners with Medicare.com, powered by eHealth, to help union members and retirees—and their Medicare-eligible family members—navigate Medicare plan options and choose the plan that best suits their needs. There is no additional cost for using the Union Plus service, and there is no obligation to enroll in a plan.

“I was amazed that I don’t pay a monthly premium with the plan I found through the Union Plus service,” Bunting said. “I was paying $109 per month with my previous plan. Now, I don’t pay anything.”

Union members and other eligible program participants can find and compare plans over the phone or online. The program has licensed insurance advisors who can provide needed information over the phone and help participants assess plans based on their individual concerns. 

The online recommendation tool allows participants to enter their budget and health needs information and then shows a comparison of plans in the applicant’s area based on monthly premiums and annual deductibles, as well as copayments and coinsurance for various services. 

“It’s been a good plan so far, and I really appreciate the help I received through the Union Plus Retiree Health Insurance Program,” Bunting said. “Using this service from my union made everything so much easier.”

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1) Union Plus Retiree Health Insurance is a program of Union Plus. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information