When you retire, your medical coverage through the Board of Pensions ends. If you are eligible for Medicare and about to retire, contact the Board of Pensions to discuss your eligibility for Medicare Supplement coverage.
When you retire, you may enroll in Medicare Supplement if you
To meet the Rule of 70:
To enroll in Medicare Supplement coverage, you’ll need to complete the personal information, subscription, and authorization portions of the Medicare Supplement Enrollment, Waiver, or Withdrawal form. This form is included in the personalized retirement packet you receive after you notify the Board of Pensions of your retirement date. Three to six months before your retirement date, call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) to request a packet. Submit the completed, signed form at least 45 days before your retirement date, but no later than 30 days after your last day of medical coverage through the Board as an active employee.
These family members also may enroll in Medicare Supplement, regardless of whether you choose to enroll when you are eligible:
You must meet a continuous coverage requirement in order to enroll for Medicare Supplement coverage. The medical coverage you had through the Board while actively working typically will meet this requirement if you retire at age 65 (or later) and enroll in Medicare Supplement coverage right away.
If you retire before age 65, you will need to maintain continuous coverage through another qualified health plan, such as medical continuation coverage through the Board or a spouse's employer's health plan, until you turn 65 and are eligible to enroll in Medicare.
If you are not yet eligible for Medicare but want to enroll in Medicare Supplement coverage when you are, you must either continue coverage under medical continuation or preserve your right to enroll at a later date by filing a waiver.
After you enroll in Medicare Supplement, you will receive new ID cards for medical and prescription drug coverage. You should destroy your old cards and carry the new ones — in addition to your Medicare card — for emergency and routine use.
Note: if you or your spouse is covered under Medicare Supplement while the other has medical continuation coverage, each of you will have your own medical and prescription drug ID cards with unique identification numbers.
If you withdraw from Medicare Supplement coverage in order to join a Medicare Advantage plan (a Part C plan under Medicare), you may be eligible to re-enroll in Medicare Supplement
Keep in mind that your Medicare Part A and Part B coverage must be restored before you can re-enroll in Medicare Supplement.
To apply for re-enrollment in Medicare Supplement coverage, you must provide the Board with the following — if not in advance, then within 30 days of disenrollment from (or termination of) your previous plan:
Important: You can choose to withdraw from and re-enroll in Medicare Supplement only one time.