For years as an employee I've been told how great my benefits are when visiting doctors and such. After seeing what will be our benefits, I can now see just how much I will miss them. I changed my plan in October a few years back to take advantage of some added benefits before I retired. After retiring for $50/month I was getting a bargain I suppose. Now it's a wake up call. I can see that some people with enough years put in to retire just after Aug. 1st may just be a fantastic option. Seems my old local is trying to get a raise in the retirement and the way I read it, they would have a 4 month window to put their papers in for retirement to take advantage of this extra money AND get a better health plan, i.e. $500,000.00 lifetime benefits versus $200,000.00 among other extras like kids being covered until they are 19 or 25 if in school. What are some of your thoughts?