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Retirees

Who in Employee Benefits do I contact concerning my retirement

Will my current health insurance coverage continue into retirement?

What are the eligibility requirements for continuing coverage in retirement?

Will I receive a new health insurance identification card after I retire?

Who do I contact with questions about my health insurance/prescription drug coverage after I retire?

What is the cost of health insurance/prescription drug coverage in retirement?

How will I pay for my retiree health insurance/prescription drug coverage?

How is the monthly lifetime credit calculated?

How will I pay for my retiree health insurance/prescription drug coverage if my monthly credit does not cover the full cost of the monthly premium?

If I predecease my covered spouse after retirement, can my spouse continue health insurance coverage under my plan?

How will my covered spouse pay for the retiree health insurance coverage after my death?

Can I change my health insurance plan after retirement?

Does my retiree health insurance coverage change when I, or my covered dependent, reach age 65?

When and how do I apply for Medicare B?

Is there a cost associated with Medicare B?

Will I be reimbursed for the cost of Medicare B?

How will I be reimbursed for the cost of Medicare B?

Do my dental and vision care benefits continue after retirement?

How do I notify my department of my intent to retire?

What information needs to be included in the retirement letter for my department?

Who else needs to be informed of my retirement?

Do I need to meet someone in the Benefits Office when I decide to retire?

When does the Benefits Office process my retiree benefits?

 

Who in Employee Benefits do I contact concerning my retirement?

Answer:

For any questions concerning retirement, please contact Kim Avery at 607-777-6953

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Will my current health insurance coverage continue into retirement?

Answer:

Yes, the health insurance and prescription drug coverage that you are currently enrolled in as an active employee will continue into retirement as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. You may also continue to cover eligible dependents under your family coverage.

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What are the eligibility requirements for continuing coverage in retirement?

Answer:

  1. Age 55 years or older at retirement.
  2. Ten or more years of service in a position eligible for health insurance with SUNY or a participating agency at retirement.
  3. Participation in a health insurance plan immediately preceding the retirement date.

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Will I receive a new health insurance identification card after I retire?

Answer:

No, but you and your covered dependents will continue using your current identification card for health insurance and prescription drug coverage.

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Who do I contact with questions about my health insurance/prescription drug coverage after I retire?

Answer:

After retirement, the New York State Department of Civil Service, Employee Benefits Division, in Albany will be responsible for any questions or changes in your coverage. They can be reached at (518) 457-5754.

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What is the cost of health insurance/prescription drug coverage in retirement?

Answer:

Each year on January 1, the cost of the coverage changes. However, the state continues to pay 75% of the full cost for family coverage and 90% of the full cost for individual coverage. To learn the current monthly premiums for retiree coverage, please use the web site at http://www.cs.state.ny.us and look under the retiree section.

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How will I pay for my retiree health insurance/prescription drug coverage?

Answer:

At retirement, up to 200 days of your unused sick leave accruals will be converted to a monthly lifetime credit and used to offset the cost of the coverage. You will pay for your coverage only if the premium exceeds your monthly lifetime credit. In that case, you will pay the difference between your monthly lifetime credit and the premium.

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How is the monthly lifetime credit calculated?

Answer:

The monthly lifetime credit is calculated using a formula that includes the number of your accrued sick leave days, your salary, your age and an actuarial table.

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How will I pay for my retiree health insurance/prescription drug coverage if my monthly credit does not cover the full cost of the monthly premium?

Answer:

If you are a retiree of one of the state retirement plans, the difference in cost will be deducted each month from your pension check. If you are a retiree of the ORP, you will receive a bill for the difference in cost from the Division of Employee Benefits on a quarterly basis.

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If I predecease my covered spouse after retirement, can my spouse continue health insurance coverage under my plan?

Answer:

Yes, as long as your spouse remains un-remarried, coverage can continue under your plan. Your spouse will be required to contact the Division of Employee Benefits for the necessary details.

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How will my covered spouse pay for the retiree health insurance coverage after my death?

Answer:

At retirement, you may specify that you want your surviving spouse to use your monthly lifetime credit to offset the cost of the survivor health insurance premium. This is called the Dual Annuitant Sick Leave Credit.

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Can I change my health insurance plan after retirement?

Answer:

Yes, you can change your plan once during any twelve month period by contacting the Division of Employee Benefits.

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Does my retiree health insurance coverage change when I, or my covered dependent, reach age 65?

Answer:

Yes, when you and/or your covered dependent reach age 65, you must apply for Medicare B, which will become your primary health insurance coverage. Your state health insurance plan will be your secondary coverage.

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When and how do I apply for Medicare B?

Answer:

Approximately three months before you and/or your covered dependent reach age 65, contact your local Social Security Administration to apply (1-800-772-1213). If your dependent is under the age of 65 but is receiving Social Security Disability payments for 24 months or more, your dependent must also apply for Medicare B.

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Is there a cost associated with Medicare B?

Answer:

Yes, the monthly cost of Medicare B usually changes each year on January 1 and is automatically deducted each month from your social security check. Please contact the Social Security Administration to determine the current cost of Medicare B coverage.

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Will I be reimbursed for the cost of Medicare B?

Answer:

Yes, because the state shares responsibility for your health insurance coverage with Medicare, the Division of Employee Benefits will reimburse you for the cost of Medicare B. If your spouse is a dependent on your state health insurance plan, the Division of Employee Benefits will reimburse you for the cost of your spouse's Medicare B coverage when applicable.

Beginning January 1, 2007, the Medicare Part B premium charges have been changed to a tiered basis which is determined by Individual or Joint income in retirement. The state will reimburse the minimum premium charged in each calendar year.

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How will I be reimbursed for the cost of Medicare B?

Answer:

If you are a retiree of one of the state retirement plans, the Division of Employee Benefits will include the reimbursement for yourself and/or your spouse in your monthly retirement check. If you are a retiree of TIAA-CREF, you will be reimbursed by separate check on a quarterly basis.

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Do my dental and vision care benefits continue after retirement?

Answer:

The dental and vision care coverage you receive as an active employee will not continue into retirement. Some unions provide a retiree dental/vision care plan; please contact your union for that information. However, all retirees will be offered the opportunity to enroll in the GHI Retiree Dental Plan. This information will be sent automatically to your home address of record after your retirement date.

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How do I notify my department of my intent to retire?

Answer:

For academic planning purposes, we ask that you inform your Department Chair or Dean at least one year before you retire. UUP and M/C employees need to notify their departments in writing at least 1 month before their retirement date.

For CSEA, C82, PEF, NYSCOPBA employees, we ask that you inform your supervisor/department well in advance before you retire. The application to the Employee Retirement System (ERS) needs to be on file at least 30 days in advance. Advance notice to the supervisor/department allow for opportunities for replacement training, recruitment; and for accommodations for time off requests that many prospective employees find necessary and desirable.

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What information needs to be included in the retirement letter for my department?

Answer:

Your retirement letter must state that you are retiring from Binghamton University and include your name, date the letter is written and your last day on the payroll.
For example, if your last day on the payroll is August 31, 20__, your letter would state in part "retiring on August 31, 20__ close of business".

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Who else needs to be informed of my retirement?

Answer:

The Benefits Office, AD 242, must receive a copy of your letter.

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Do I need to meet someone in the Benefits Office when I decide to retire?

Answer:

Yes, my must call the Benefits Office at 777-4850 and make an appointment with a staff member. At the time of your appointment, you will receive information and instructions about your retiree benefits as well as the required forms that must be completed in order to continue your health insurance /prescription drug benefits in retirement. You will also meet the Retiree Services Coordinator, Corinna Kruman, who will tell you about services Binghamton University offers to its retirees.

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When does the Benefits Office process my retiree benefits?

Answer:

The Benefits Office must have verification of the final sick leave balance that you have accrued by your retirement date as well as a confirmation of the retirement date in order to process your retiree benefits. Once the Benefits Office has received this information, your retiree benefits will be processed the day your retirement goes into effect.

 

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Last Updated: 4/11/13