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 retiree@uchicago.edu or fax to (773)834-0996.

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

Postponement

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

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

Healthy at Home

Aetna has created the Healthy at Home Webcast Series with a variety of topics that focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  This series is designed to inform and engage participants and to help address social isolation created by the pandemic environment.

Each webcast is specifically chosen with Medicare members in mind. Join in to hear from well-known speakers, experts in their respective fields, as they provide valuable information and insights about leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a positive outlook.  Some of the topics that will be covered include supporting a healthy lifestyle, new world of virtual medicine, being fit at home, cooking healthy meals, staying connected with technology and maintaining a positive outlook.

Qualifying LIFE EVENT

A qualifying 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 retiree@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, you have the choice of two medical plans, both administered by Aetna: the Medicare Advantage Plan or the Medicare Supplemental Plan.

  • 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.

Aetna has provided a Medicare eBook that gives tips and programs to help you maintain mental health, eating healthy, and staying healthy during COVID 19 and the flu season. For more information about your Aetna Medicare benefits, please see https://aet.na/35jf7gm

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 retiree@uchicago.edu or fax to (773)834-0996. To request the Retiree Medical Plan Cancelation Form send an email to retiree@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.