If you are enrolled in the following plans and are eligible for benefits as U-M retiree, coverage for you and your eligible dependents enrolled at the time of your retirement will automatically continue as long as you pay any applicable premiums: health plan (including prescription drug coverage), dental plan, vision plan, legal services plan, and life insurance plan. Your participation in the business travel accident insurance, long-term disability and dependent life insurance plans ends upon retirement. If you participate in a health care flexible spending account, expenses incurred prior to the date of retirement are eligible to be reimbursed, unless coverage is continued under COBRA. If you participate in a dependent care flexible spending account, expenses are reimbursed up to the balance in the account at the time of retirement for expenses incurred through the end of the plan year of participation.
Planning for Health Care in Retirement
This two-minute video gives an overview of what you may want to consider as you plan for health care in retirement.
Transitioning to Retiree Benefits
When you retire, your U-M employee benefits end on the first of the month following your retirement date. Retiree benefits for which you are eligible start on the 1st of the month following your retirement date. Exception: if you retire on the 1st of the month, your employee benefits end and your retiree benefit start on your retirement date.
Retirees participate in annual Open Enrollment to make benefits changes, with changes effective January 1. Plan costs may vary each year.
Payout of Unused Vacation or Paid Time Off
Unused accrual of vacation or paid time off (PTO) will be paid to you shortly after retirement. Once you have submitted your final time sheet and your department approves it, a check will be issued to you typically within a few weeks after you have retired. This payment is not eligible for contributions for the Basic Retirement Plan although individuals subject to a collective bargaining agreement should refer to the terms of their contract.
Covering Your Dependents in Retirement
Only eligible dependents covered on your benefits at the time you retire may continue to be covered during retirement. Covered dependent children may remain on your benefits up to the end of the month in which they turn 26. No one can be added to your U-M benefits after you retire.
Supplemental Medicare Plans vs Medicare Advantage Plans
The University of Michigan offers Medicare eligible retirees supplemental health plans which coordinate with traditional Medicare. Our plans work with Medicare to provide comparable coverage to our active employee plans.
You may have seen information about Medicare Advantage plans that are available in the individual health plan market. These plans are not currently offered as an option through your University of Michigan retiree benefits. If you are considering enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan it is recommended that you compare the benefits and out of pocket costs with the University's Medicare plan to ensure they are equivalent. Before making a final decision, please review additional information regarding waiving coverage in retirement.