To Do List Before Retirement
Check with the Pension Department on your pension and the Welfare Plan office on your coverage.
Your active medical and dental coverage will terminate when you retire. As an example, if your shipping time has given you active plan eligibility through March 2013 and you retire effective January 01, 2013, your active eligibility terminates January 01, 2013.
If you are 65 years old or older, you should already be enrolled for Medicare Part A. Medicare Part A covers in-patient hospitalizations after a deductible, limited skilled nursing care, hospice care and some types of home health care. Medicare Part A is free to most people.
Since active plan coverage will terminate when you retire, you should also visit the Social Security/Medicare office to inquire about Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D. The Plan office will help you complete forms for your enrollment.
Medicare Part B covers Medicare eligible physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, and durable medical equipment. The Medicare Part B monthly premium is currently $99.90 and will increase effective January 1st, 2013 to $104.90.
Medicare Part D is the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. Medicare can advise you of the plans available and the cost.
The cost of the Medicare Part B premium is reimbursed to certain Pensioners on their pension check and deducted from the Pensioners' Annual Allowance.
The cost of the Medicare Part D premium and cost of co-payments for medical services covered by Medicare Part B and prescription co-payments covered by Medicare Part D can be submitted as claims under the Pensioners Annual Allowance.
If your spouse is not eligible for Medicare or you have other dependents you will need to inquire about other health care options available for them when your active coverage terminates. It would also be in your best interest to inquire about additional supplemental plans for yourself.