These need-based grants reimburse eligible retirees and their spouses or surviving spouses for dental services and/or hearing aid expenses of up to $2,500 per person once every three years.
The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions provides need-based grants of up to $2,500 once every three years to eligible retired plan members and their spouses or surviving spouses for dental services and/or hearing aids. These services and supplies are not covered by Medicare, the Medicare Supplement Plan (available until December 31, 2023), or the Humana Group Medicare Advantage PPO plan. Retiree Medical Grants are provided as reimbursements for documented, eligible expenses after services are rendered.
Each eligible retiree, spouse, or surviving spouse may receive one grant of up to $2,500, once every three years.
The grant is paid as a single reimbursement of up to $2,500 for eligible expenses once every three years. Grants cover services incurred on or after January 1, 2019. You may apply to be reimbursed for a single expense or a combination of eligible expenses. To maximize reimbursement, wait until your receipts amount to or approach $2,500.
To qualify, you must
Additionally, you must meet the following criteria.
You must be able to document the cost of the dental services and/or hearing aids along with any coverage (or lack of coverage) available through your medical coverage.
*For surviving spouses, this eligibility requirement refers to the deceased spouse's years of plan participation/service.
The Board considers applicants’ financial and personal needs and resources when considering requests for assistance.
Before you incur an expense and apply for a grant, you may request that the Board of Pensions predetermine whether the expense and financial need qualify for a Retiree Medical Grant. Simply submit an application with a copy of the itemized, estimated costs.
If you are preapproved, submit your receipt(s) after you receive the itemized services and the Board of Pensions will reimburse you the allowed amount.
Call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) (TTY: 711).