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Retired police will have gov’t health plan starting Jan. 1

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia announced on Tuesday that all interested retired police officers will be able to participate for free in the Vital Plan, the government health care plan, as of Jan. 1, 2022.

“To all police officers who retired after June 30, 2013, who saw their income affected by receiving a cut in the government’s contribution to their medical plan, today I tell you that starting in January you will no longer have to worry, because you will be able to enjoy for free the Vital Plan, one of the most complete health services plans,” the governor said in a written declaration.

Pierluisi said he expects about 1,200 retired police officers to be able to qualify to participate in the health plan starting in January.

Retired police officers who qualify and are interested in subscribing to the plan will be able to go to the Pedro Rosselló Convention Center in Miramar today starting at 9 a.m. There, Vital Plan service providers will be offering guidance on coverage and benefits. Potential participants will be able to choose the provider and the plan that best suits their needs.

“We want to physically have the entire working group of insurers in the Convention Center to ensure that all retired police personnel have the resources and attention necessary to orient themselves well about each insurer and its offers, and make an informed decision”, Pierluisi added.

The government’s Vital Plan promotes free selection among contracted insurers: First Medical, MMM, Triple S and the Mennonite Health Plan. In addition, it allows the insured to select the insurance company of his or her preference. All four insurers have the same health coverage; the only thing that changes between them is the hiring of their network of providers.

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