If you are age 65 or older when you retire from the university, you are required to enroll in premium-free Medicare Part A (if eligible) and purchase Medicare Part B coverage. Part A helps cover inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing care and hospice and home health care. Part B helps cover medically necessary services such as doctors’ services and outpatient care. Part B also covers some preventive services, including pap tests, flu shots, and screening mammograms.
The state health plan will always pay secondary to Medicare Part B, regardless of whether you have Part B coverage.
View the handbook for more information.
There is a premium for Medicare Part B but your health insurance premium under the state health plan is lower if you have Part B.
If you don’t sign up for Part B when you are first eligible, the cost for Part B may go up 10% for each full 12-month period that you could have had Part B but didn’t sign up for it. We encourage you to contact Medicare at least three months before you retire to apply for coverage. Call 800-633-4227 for additional information.