Benefits

Retiree Medical Plan

Eligibility

The Retiree Medical Plan is available to University employees who were either

  • Employed prior to January 1, 2005 in a continuous benefits-eligible position and are at least age 55 when employment terminates, or

  • Employed on or after January 1, 2005, are at least age 55 and have completed at least 10 years of continuous benefits-eligible service when employment terminates.

Enroll or postpone Coverage

Eligible employees must either enroll or postpone enrollment in the Retiree Medical Plan within 31 days of his or her termination date or retirement date (whichever occurs first).

Enrollment

To enroll in The University of Chicago Retiree Medical Plan complete the Retiree Medical Plan Enrollment Form within 31 days of your retirement or termination date (whichever comes first).  Return the completed form via email to benefits@uchicago.edu or fax to (773)834-0996.

If you or your eligible dependent is Medicare-eligible a copy of the Medicare Part A and Part B card must be submitted along with the enrollment form.

Postponement

In order to preserve your eligibility to enroll in The University of Chicago Retiree Medical Plan at a later date please complete the Retiree Medical Plan Postponement Form within 31 days of your retirement or termination date (whichever comes first). Return the completed form via email to benefits@uchicago.edu or fax to (773)834-0996.

To request the Retiree Medical Plan Postponement Form send an email to benefits@uchicago.edu

LIFE EVENTS

Life event refers to a change in your personal circumstances. Whether you are celebrating a new marriage or new baby, or suffer the unfortunate loss of a family member. Changes in your personal life may have an impact on your benefits. If you have a qualifying life event, you must submit your changes within 31 days of the event date

Changes, including enrollment into the plan, must be indicated on the Retiree Medical Plan Enrollment Form. Return the completed form and supporting documentation via email to benefits@uchicago.edu or fax to (773)834-0996. The Enrollment Form must be returned to the Benefits Office within 31 days of the event date.

Note: New enrollments will be processed if a Postponement Form was submitted within 31 days of the retirement or termination date (whichever comes first). 

COVERAGE DETAILS

Coverage varies, depending on Medicare eligibility:

If you are eligible for Medicare and your covered dependent is not eligible for Medicare (or vice versa), you will need to review both types of coverage and associated costs since they both will apply.

Medicare-eligible individuals must be enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B and not enrolled in Medicare Part D, to be enrolled in the Retiree Medical Plan.

Please note,

  • If you are eligible for Medicare, your medical coverage will be provided through a Medicare Advantage plan administered by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

  • If you are not eligible for Medicare, your medical coverage is provided through a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL).

  • Prescription drug coverage is provided through Express Scripts to ensure that you receive the medicine you need to support your health and well-being.

  • Coverage outside of the United States is provided through Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core.

TERMINATIon of Enrollment 

To cancel medical and prescription drug coverage in The University of Chicago Retiree Medical Plan please complete the Retiree Medical Plan Cancelation Form and return via email to benefits@uchicago.edu or fax to (773)834-0996. To request the Retiree Medical Plan Cancelation Form send an email to benefits@uchicago.edu

Cancellations cannot be made more than 30 days retroactively. Once enrollment in the Retiree Medical Plan is cancelled you cannot re-enroll in the plan.