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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: 
  • 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 or 800-541-7741 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: 6/22/2017 12:32 PM