Benefits

Retiree Medical Plan Open Enrollment

If you are a retiree enrolled in the Medicare Advantage plan, ID cards have been mailed and should start arriving 12/24-12/31. To view your 2022 ID card please visit http://aetnaretireeplans.com/ . Follow instructions located on the following link Access Medicare Advantage ID Card or contact Aetna directly at 888 267 2637.

Retirees enrolled in the Medicare Supplement Plan will not be receiving new ID cards.

New for 2022!

  • Non-Medicare Eligible Retirees will be able to select coverage in one of the medical plans available to active employees. More information is below under Non-Medicare Eligible.
  • Medicare Eligible Retirees enrolled in the Medicare Advantage plan will get new Aetna cards for 2022 with new ID numbers.

Medicare Eligible Retirees

Medicare-eligible retirees and dependents in the University’s Retiree Medical Plan will remain enrolled in their current Aetna plan for 2022 unless a change is requested.  

  • NO ACTION NEEDED if you are happy with the Aetna plan you selected in 2021 and do not wish to make a change, you will remain enrolled in your current plan.
  • You must TAKE ACTION if you would like to change Aetna plans.
    • To change your medical plan coverage, complete the enrollment form under Related Documents and return it to the Benefits Team.
    • The form can be returned via fax to 773.834.0996 or email to retiree@uchicago.edu.  
    • Once you make your Aetna plan election, it will be locked in for 2022 and cannot be changed until the next Open Enrollment in November 2022 for an effective date of January 1, 2023.
  • If you no longer want to be covered by one of the University’s Retiree Medical Plans, you must complete the Retiree Medical Cancelation Form under Related Documents.
    • If you choose to opt-out of coverage and complete the form, you will not have any retiree prescription or medical coverage through the University of Chicago starting January 1, 2022. If you terminate the plan, you will not be eligible to re-enroll.  

Non-Medicare Eligible Retirees

  • The University of Chicago will offer Non-Medicare eligible Retirees the choice of coverage under one of the four medical insurance plans available to active employees, including two health maintenance organization (HMO) plans and two preferred provider organization plans (PPO):
    • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO Illinois Plan (HMO Illinois)
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Maroon Plan (Maroon PPO)
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield HDHP Maroon Savings Choice Plan with Health Savings Account (Maroon Savings Choice) 
      • Note: The University will not contribute to the Health Savings Account
  • There is NO ACTION required if you would like to be enrolled in the Maroon PPO plan for 2022. This plan will be the default election for 2022.
  • You must TAKE ACTION if you would like to enroll in the Maroon Savings, UCHP, or BCBS HMO Illinois plan in 2022. 
    • You can find more information on each plan under Related Documents.  
    • To change your medical plan coverage, complete the enrollment form under Related Documents and return it to the Benefits Office before November 30, 2021.
    • The form can be returned via fax to 773.834.0996 or emailed to retiree@uchicago.edu.
    • Once you make your medical plan election, it will be locked in for 2022 and cannot be changed until the next Open Enrollment in November 2022 for an effective date of January 1, 2023.
    • Your prescription drug coverage will remain with CVS unless you enroll in the BCBS HMO.

Non-Medicare Eligible - Medical Change Information Sessions

Please join us at one of the Information Sessions below to learn about the medical plans now offered to non-Medicare eligible Retirees.  All sessions will be held on the Zoom meeting platform.  At the end of each session, you will be able to ask questions. You can also send questions via the chat feature during the meeting. 

To join, visit the University Zoom page at https://uchicago.zoom.us and select join to enter the meeting using the Meeting ID and Password below. 

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 1pm CST

Meeting ID:  958 8022 7973

Password: 849210

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 10am CST

Meeting ID: 935 9022 5521

Password: 151622

Split Families

You and your dependents may be eligible for different medical plans based on each individual’s Medicare eligibility. The family member(s) eligible for Medicare will be covered by one of the Aetna plans. The family member(s)not eligible for Medicare will be covered by one of the medical plans available to active employees.

Benefits Office

If you have any questions, please contact our Benefits Specialists at 855.822.8901 or retiree@uchicago.edu, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.