You must be Retired for disability or service with 15 years of service or receive an allowance that is at least 37.5% of final compensation. (“Deferred vested” members are eligible.)
Eligible retirees have two (2) medical providers available to choose from: Kaiser Permanente and Anthem Blue Cross. Visit your health plan's website to learn how benefits, claims, and payment of claims are covered, as well as the service limitations and exclusions that may apply. Some health plans are available only in certain counties and/or ZIP Codes. Contact the health plan before enrolling to make sure they cover your ZIP Codes and that their provider network is accepting new patients in your area.
Open Enrollment is an annual process that occurs every November 1 through November 30. During this time, you can enroll or change health plans, add eligible dependents, delete dependents, or cancel coverage. Changes made during Open Enrollment become effective January 1st.
QUALIFYING LIVE EVENTS
A Qualifying Life Event (QLE) is a specific life event that allows City of San José Retirees to request their benefit elections be changed outside of the annual Open Enrollment period. Qualifying events include, but are not limited to, the events below. An INS100 form and proof of the QLE are required within 30 days from the date of the event. Benefit changes will start the first of the month following the date of the event.
See: Qualifying Life Events Reference Guide
Retirees now have an In-Lieu credit program. If you are eligible to enroll in medical insurance, but you choose to not take the insurance through City of San José, you can enroll in the Health In-Lieu credit program. These credits accumulate in an account for you. If in the future you decide to enroll in a City of San José Retiree medical plan coverage, you can use your in-lieu credits to pay premiums. Enrollment in the In-Lieu credit program does not carry over from year-to-year automatically. You must re-enroll for In-Lieu every year during Open Enrollment.
RATES AND EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS
Retirement System pays 100% of lowest-cost plan that is available to active City employees. If retiree does not choose the lowest cost plan, retiree pays the difference between that premium and the premium for the lowest-cost plan. Medical Rates can be found under the Non-Medicare, Medicare, and VEBA tabs.
ABOUT OUR PLANS
HMO - A Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan provides health care from specific doctors and hospitals under contract with the plan. You pay co-payments for some services, but you have no deductible, no claim forms, and a geographically restricted service area.
PPO - A Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) is similar to a traditional "fee-for-service" plan, but you must use doctors in the PPO provider network or pay higher co-insurance (percentage of charges). You must usually meet an annual deductible before some benefits apply. You're responsible for a certain co-insurance amount and the medical plan pays the balance up to the allowable amount.
SPLIT PLANS - A split plan means at least one family member is enrolled in a Medicare health plan and at least one family member is enrolled in a Non-Medicare health plan through the same health carrier. All family members must have the same health carrier.
A VEBA is a defined contribution health reimbursement arrangement plan for retiree healthcare expenses. Employees at the City of San José will be placed into the VEBA if they are in Federated Tier 2B or Police and Fire Tier 2.
INFORMATION FOR RETIRED VEBA MEMBERS
If you have retired from the City of San José or separated from City Service and reached retirement age (Age 50 for Police & Fire, 55 for Federated), you can find more information about using your VEBA: Click Here
WHAT EXPENSES ARE REIMBURSABLE UNDER THE VEBA?
This flyer contains the eligible expenses: Click Here
For additional information about VEBA benefits: Click Here.
Phone: (408) 535-8322
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Zip Code Requirements
HMO plans are California-only plans and have zip code service area requirements. Please verify your zip code on the applicable list prior to submitting insurance enrollment forms. If your zip code is not listed, you will need to select a different plan. If you are enrolled in a split plan and have moved, please verify your new zip code on a Commercial and Medicare list. Your zip code must be on both lists to continue enrollment in your current plan.
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