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Retiree Medical Coverage


The County provides access to group health plan coverage to eligible retirees based on hire date, as follows: 

Hire date

Days/Years of service needed

On or before August 11, 1996

1,305 Days (5 Years)

August 12, 1996 - June 18, 2006

2,088 Days (8 years)

June 19, 2006 - December 31, 2012 **

2,610 Days (10 years)

On or after January 1, 2013 **

3,915 Days (15 years)

​                           ** Date may vary by labor contract

After submitting your application to CalPERS​ and approximately 60 days prior to your planned retirement date, you should contact the Employee Benefits Department at 408-970-2600 or 800-541-7749 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.
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Last updated: 8/6/2019 8:35 AM