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How to make your GIC health insurance selections when you retire from municipal service

Here is how to make your GIC health insurance selections when you retire from municipal service.
Return the completed Employment Status Change Form-1AMUN to your GIC coordinator before your retirement date to ensure continuity of coverage.

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In order to be eligible for GIC health insurance benefits at retirement, you must be eligible for and collecting a pension from a municipal retirement system or another retirement system eligible for GIC benefits. Call or visit your retirement board before you retire to confirm your pension benefits and arrange to receive your monthly pension check. Your Retirement Board can also tell you when to expect your first check.

Be sure you live in the service area and check whether your doctors and hospitals participate in the plan in which you are enrolling at retirement.

Medicare and Health Plan Benefits:

Before you retire, visit Social Security’s website or your local Social Security office to find out if you are eligible for Medicare Part A for free. If you and/or your covered spouse is eligible, sign up for Part A and Part B.  Familiarize yourself with the GIC Medicare plans and rules for enrolling in Medicare by visiting the FAQ section of this website.  The GIC will send you an enrollment form and benefit materials after you retire to enroll in a GIC Medicare Plan. 

GIC Retiree Dental:

If your municipality participates in the GIC Retiree Dental Plan (link to list), review the benefits of the plan (link to Retiree Dental Plan info) and compare the benefits to any COBRA dental coverage options you have.  Frequently, COBRA coverage is more comprehensive than the Retiree Dental Plan.  If you expect to have major dental needs, you may want to select the COBRA dental option.  You can enroll in the GIC Retiree Dental Plan within 60 days of a qualifying status change, such as when COBRA dental ends, or during any GIC Annual Enrollment period.

Arrange for Your Pension:

  • Complete your Retirement Board’s retirement application and return it to your retirement board with any necessary documentation such as birth and marriage certificates.

Premium Payments:

Start saving so that you have a cushion between your final paycheck and your first pension benefit payment. Ask your GIC Coordinator whether you will receive premium bills before your pension benefits begin so you can plan accordingly.

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Return completed Municipal Employment Status Change Form-1A , required documents and Form-RS if enrolling in health insurance coverage at retirement, and the Municipal Retiree Dental Form to your GIC Coordinator before you retire.

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Keep in mind that once you choose a health plan, you may not change plans until the next annual enrollment, even if your doctor or hospital leaves the plan during the year, unless you become eligible for Medicare, in which case you MUST enroll in a GIC Medicare plan.

 

 

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