The County provides access to group health plan coverage to eligible retirees based on hire date, as follows:
- Tier 1: If you were hired on or after August 12, 1996, you are eligible for retiree medical coverage with a minimum of 2,088 days (8 years) of accrued County service.
- Tier 2: If you were hired on or after June 19, 2006, you are eligible for retiree medical coverage with a minimum of 2,610 days (10 years) of accrued County service.
- Tier 3: The hire date may vary by labor contract - in many cases, it’s on or after January 1, 2013. You are eligible for retiree medical coverage with a minimum of 3,915 days of County service (15 years).
Review your union memorandum of agreement
for more details regarding eligibility.
After submitting your application to CalPERS
and approximately 60 days prior to your planned retirement date, you should contact the Employee Benefits Department at 408-299-5880
to set up an appointment to initiate enrollment in retiree medical coverage. Coverage is not automatic upon retirement; you must complete the necessary paperwork to maintain medical coverage after you retire
For most retirees, the County pays for single coverage under the Kaiser retiree-only health plan. Retirees who elect a more expensive medical plan, or who elect to cover an eligible dependent, need to reimburse the County for the difference in the cost of the monthly premium.