When you retire, or begin receiving disability income under UCRP, you may be eligible to continue your UC-sponsored health and welfare coverage. Benefits you may continue include:
These benefits are separate from your primary retirement benefits, and are not a vested benefit. That means these benefits are not guaranteed and that UC’s contributions to the cost of these benefits may change or be discontinued at any time.
To be eligible for retiree health and welfare benefits, you must meet the following criteria (in addition to age and service credit requirements):
- Have a retirement date that is within 120 days of the date you end UC employment employment (for Savings Choice participants, the date your retiree health benefits coverage begins will be treated as your retirement date for this purpose)
- Be an active eligible employee enrolled in either UCRP (including Pension Choice) or Savings Choice
- Be enrolled in or eligible to enroll in Full UC employee benefits
- Continue health coverage until your retiree health benefits become effective
Retiree health and welfare benefits are not available to those who elect a UCRP Lump Sum Cashout or to those who take a full refund or rollover of Savings Choice accumulations before beginning retiree health benefits. A partial refund or rollover of Savings Choice account funds will not affect eligibility for retiree health benefits, or retiree health service credit, as long as the DC Plan account maintains a balance of at least $2,000 (with some of that money remaining in the Savings Choice account).
If there is a gap in time between the date you end UC employment and the date your UC-sponsored retiree medical and dental benefits become effective, you may have to pay the full monthly cost for your medical and dental plans (including UC’s contribution) to continue coverage during the gap period and maintain eligibility.
You may also continue your vision and legal insurance during any gap period to ensure continuing coverage. If you don’t continue vision and legal coverage during this gap, though, you may add coverage during a future Open Enrollment period (if the plan is open). Retiree accidental death & dismemberment insurance can be added at any time.
For questions about eligibility or for more information about these benefits, contact the Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC).
UC’s Contribution to Medical and Dental Premiums
Currently, UC contributes toward the monthly cost of medical and dental coverage for eligible employees. The amount UC will contribute depends on the date you became eligible for benefits (or your rehire date if you incurred a break in service of more than 120 days) and the amount of service credit you have earned.
UC’s contributions are not part of your vested, or guaranteed, retirement benefits and are therefore subject to change. These benefits are subject to collective bargaining. If you're in a union, consult your collective bargaining agreement for details.
Where to Go for More Details
If you enroll in UC primary retirement benefits on or after July 1, 2013 (or are rehired into an eligible position after that date following a break in service of more than 120 days), you are eligible to enroll in retiree health benefits provided you are 55 or older and have at least 10 years of service credit at the time you retire. If you retire at age 56 or older, you will receive a percentage of UC’s contribution toward monthly premiums based on your age and years of UCRP or Savings Choice service credit at retirement.
To receive the maximum UC contribution, you need to retire at age 65 with 20 or more years of service.
For more details, see UCnet.
If you became a member of UCRP between Jan. 1, 1990 and June 30, 2013, the UC contribution toward medical and/or dental plan monthly premiums is based on the following formula:
- 5-9 years of UCRP service credit: If age plus years of service is at least 75 then UC's contribution is 50%; otherwise not eligible.
- 10 years of UCRP service credit: UC's contribution is 50%.
- 11-20 years of UCRP service credit: UC's contribution ncreases from 50% by 5% per year to 100% at 20 years.
This also applies to all Safety members.
If you became a member of UCRP before Jan. 1, 1990, and you have not had a break in service of more than 120 days, you will receive 100 percent of UC’s contribution toward the medical and/or dental monthly premiums if:
- You retire before age 55 and have at least 10 years of UCRP service credit (five years for Safety members).
- You retire at age 55 or later and have at least five years of UCRP service credit.