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1 Human Resources Retirement Program Changes Covering You. Valuable. Dependable. Accessible.

2 new ahead. the Learn about choices

3 Retiree Medical Benefits Continued Coverage and a New Option for 2009 The 3M Retiree Medical Plan (Medicare-eligible) provides valuable supplemental coverage for Medicare-eligible retirees and their eligible dependents. 3M is proud to be able to offer this important coverage, including a new option for This special communication replaces the April 2008 issue of 3M Retiree Connections, and provides an advance announcement of a new option that will take effect beginning January 1, 2009, in addition to your current retiree medical option. As you read this brochure, please remember this announcement is informational only. No immediate action is required from you. Please read the information carefully to fully understand the choices ahead. Your Pension Plan is not changing This brochure describes new options in your retiree medical plan. Your Pension Plan is not changing. This brochure describes 3M retiree medical benefits for current retirees who are Medicare-eligible. Within this brochure, we provide an overview of your current benefits and a detailed look at what s changing. 2

4 Your Retiree Medical Benefits Benefits taking effect beginning January 1, 2009 Your medical plan option The 3M Retiree Medical Plan provides flexibility to choose the coverage that s best for you. Beginning January 1, 2009, you can choose from the following options: What is a retiree medical coverage option? The plan that determines how your medical expenses are covered. New ways we re covering you The 3M Retiree Medicare-Eligible Plan If you choose this plan, you will be covered under the cost-sharing approach you have today. or NEW Purchase an individual Medicare supplement policy from the marketplace If you choose to purchase coverage from the marketplace, 3M will provide a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) that you can use toward your premiums and other eligible medical expenses. New Medicare-eligible cost-sharing approach Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) This reimbursement arrangement provides annual credits in retirement for Medicare-eligible retirees. Retirees can use these credits to help pay retiree medical premiums for Medicare supplemental coverage purchased on the open market and other eligible medical expenses. What is Medicare eligibility? Medicare-eligible Generally, a person is eligible for Medicare if age 65 or older, or if receiving Medicare disability benefits, regardless of age. Once a person becomes eligible for Medicare, it becomes the primary medical coverage. Any additional coverage will supplement what Medicare doesn t cover. Non-Medicare eligible Unless a person has a Medicare disability, he or she is non-medicare eligible while under age 65, even if the person retires earlier than that age. As a Medicare-eligible retiree, Medicare is your primary coverage, and any 3M coverage supplements Medicare. 3 Questions? Call (888) (toll free)

5 HRA Medicare-eligible: A NEW cost-sharing approach for supplemental coverage When you or your eligible dependent became Medicareeligible, Medicare became the primary coverage. While Medicare covers many expenses, it does not cover all, and many people choose to purchase supplemental coverage. Currently, 3M provides a supplemental plan for Medicare-eligible retirees and their eligible dependents. You and 3M share in the cost of that coverage. However, beginning January 1, 2009, 3M is offering a new cost-sharing approach that allows you to purchase the supplemental coverage of your choice from the marketplace. 3M helps you pay for the cost of this coverage and other eligible medical expenses by crediting annual amounts to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA). This approach may be more cost-effective than what you have today. Choosing and using the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) Each year you can choose to purchase an individual Medicare supplement policy from the marketplace, and 3M will credit a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for you to use toward the cost of this coverage and other eligible medical expenses. Once you choose to purchase an individual Medicare supplement policy from the marketplace and receive HRA credits, you may not return to the 3M Retiree Medicare- Eligible Plan in subsequent years. Your decision to leave the 3M Retiree Medicare-Eligible Plan is irrevocable. If you make this choice, it s important to remember that 3M s contribution to your HRA will be the only 3M retiree medical benefit available to you or your eligible dependent when you or they become eligible for Medicare. The HRA is not available to you if you choose the 3M Retiree Medicare-Eligible Plan. If you remain in the 3M Retiree Medicare-Eligible Plan, you can elect in a subsequent year to switch to the HRA. What does Medicare cover? Medicare Part A Hospital insurance helps pay for inpatient care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (following a hospital stay), some home health care and hospice care. Medicare Part B Medical insurance helps pay for doctors services and many other medical services and supplies that are not covered by Medicare Part A. Premiums apply. Medicare Part D This optional prescription drug coverage helps pay for medications doctors prescribe for treatment. Part D is not considered part of basic Medicare coverage. Premiums apply. Why supplement Medicare coverage? Once you become Medicare-eligible, Medicare becomes your primary insurer and covers approximately 80 percent of the cost of your Part A and Part B expenses. However, basic Medicare does not cover all your medical expenses, so many people choose to purchase supplemental coverage. 3M helps you pay for this supplemental coverage through the retiree medical program. What is the cost-sharing approach? Describes how both you and 3M share in the cost of your retiree medical coverage. Online: 4

6 Your Retiree Medical Benefits Continued Here s how the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) works: The HRA provides you the financial flexibility to use 3M s contribution to purchase the Medicare supplemental coverage you prefer. 3M will establish an HRA for you and credit it each year you are eligible. Actual credits are based on your years of 3M service. If you cover one or more eligible dependents at retirement, 3M also will establish and credit one additional HRA for those dependents when they become Medicare-eligible (calculated at retirement). The credits applied to your account(s) depend on your years of 3M service as noted in the following chart: If you have 15 or more years of 3M service If you have fewer than 15 years of 3M service HRA annual credits Retiree $1,600 Dependent $1,600 3M will prorate the amount of your annual contributions to reflect short service. Beginning in 2010, 3M s annual credit will increase 3 percent per year. You can use your HRA to help pay the premiums for an individual Medicare supplement policy that you can purchase from the marketplace and for other eligible medical expenses. You are responsible for paying any portion of the premium for your individual Medicare supplement policy that is not paid by your HRA. If you have any balance in your HRA at the end of a year, that balance rolls over for use during the following year. The following chart shows how 3M credits to your HRA increase each year. In this example, the retiree has at least 15 years of 3M service at retirement: Starting 2009 annual credit $1, HRA credit $1, HRA credit $1, HRA credit $1,748 3M s annual HRA credit will increase 3 percent per year on a compounded basis. What is a notional arrangement? The HRA is a notional arrangement, meaning that funds are not deposited as credits are earned. Rather, this arrangement is simply a bookkeeping device that allows the employer and retiree to keep track of the dollar amounts that will be made available for retiree medical benefits in the future. 5 Questions? Call (888) (toll free)

7 An example: Look how the Health Reimbursement Arrangement can work for you Keep in mind that premium amounts depend on the Medicare supplement policy you choose. This example assumes the retiree has at least 15 years of 3M service at retirement. Other Important Notes If you are covered by the 3M Basic Medicare Supplement Plan Your 2009 HRA credit* (3M retiree only) Your Medicare supplement policy s annual premium (Note: Many policies are available, and premiums vary.) Your HRA balance after you pay your policy s annual premiums Your HRA balance that rolls over to 2010 Your 2010 HRA credit (3M retiree only) Your 2010 HRA balance (3M credit plus rollover amount from previous year) $1,600 $75 x 12 $900 $1,600 $900 $700 $700 $1,600 x 103% $1,648 $1,648 + $ 700 $2,348 The 3M Basic Medicare Supplement Plan was formerly offered as a Medicare-eligible coverage option. Some retirees or their eligible dependents remain covered by this plan, although it is no longer open to new enrollees. If you or any eligible dependents are covered by the 3M Basic Medicare Supplement Plan, your coverage remains the same for You are not affected by the changes described in this brochure. If you were covered under the 3M Basic Medicare Supplement Plan and reached the coverage limit, you remain ineligible for retiree medical benefits through 3M. If you are a surviving spouse The surviving spouse of a 3M retiree can continue coverage through 3M. For the first year following the retiree s death, 3M contributes toward the cost of the premium based on the cost-sharing approach at the time of the retiree s death. After the first year, the surviving spouse pays the full cost of coverage. If the retiree dies and the surviving spouse is Medicareeligible and has chosen to purchase coverage from the marketplace, 3M will credit an HRA for the surviving spouse for the remainder of the calendar year during which the retiree dies and for the next calender year following the retiree s death. At the end of this period, 3M will provide no additional HRA credits. *The first year contribution will be prorated to reflect your HRA enrollment date. For example, if you enroll in the HRA on July 1, you would receive ½ the annual credit amount for that year. Online: 6

8 How You ll Learn More 3M is committed to helping you understand your 3M retirement benefits and how to maximize their value. Online For the most current information, try this online source first. Log on to to find this retirement brochure, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and additional information. On the line Contact a service representative to get answers to your questions: Monday Friday, 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. CDT Extended Hours (March 31 to April 11, 2008) Monday Friday, 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. CDT (888) (toll free) if calling from the U.S. or Canada (847) if calling outside the U.S. or Canada On the calendar The following chart describes how you ll learn more in the coming weeks and months. Spring/Summer 2008 Fall/Winter 2008 Calendar of communication and events May Detailed listing of 2008 retirement program communication materials, tools and events. Topical education series May December The ABC s of our health care accounts. How to be an informed health care consumer. Understanding the health care market for Medicare-eligible retirees. Enrollment readiness September November Medicare-eligible retirees Medicare-eligible choices and things to consider. Purchasing supplemental coverage from the marketplace. How the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) works. All retirees Enrollment materials and information. This brochure is prepared for 3M Medicare-eligible retirees. The information in this brochure is not intended to describe or summarize the terms of 3M retirement benefit plans nor is it the official plan document for those plans. In the event of any conflict, inconsistency, or ambiguity between the information in this brochure and the official plan documents, the terms of the official plan documents will be controlling. 3M reserves the right to modify, amend, change, revoke, suspend or terminate its retirement benefit plans, in whole or in part, at any time. Human Resources 3M Center Building S-15 St. Paul, MN Please recycle. Printed in U.S.A. 3M All rights reserved. P11763

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