If you qualify for university retirement and have been enrolled in the university’s medical insurance for 5 years immediately prior to retirement, then you are eligible to participate in a group medical insurance plan as a retiree. You may continue to cover any eligible dependents you are covering at the time of your retirement at an additional cost.
When you retire, your active employee medical insurance coverage will end, and you will receive a Certificate of Credible Coverage from the university's current insurance provider. Retain this certificate for your records. You will then be enrolled in OU's retiree medical insurance group plan, and new insurance cards will be mailed to your home.
Review this handout for a helpful overview of retiree medical insurance and Medicare:
OU Medical Insurance When You Reach Age 65 or Retire
If retirees have other medical insurance coverage through another employer or their spouse, they may consider a one-time opportunity to opt-out of OU retiree medical plan coverage and preserve future eligibility. To initiate the opt out action, complete the Retiree Medical Insurance Eligibility & Opt Out Form
and return it to HR. Keep in mind that if you opt out, your covered dependents opt out as well.
Retirees who have opted out and wish to return to the OU medical insurance plan have 31 days from the loss of other creditable coverage to come back on the OU retiree health plan. To reinstate coverage, a retiree must show proof of continuous coverage to PayFlex or the current vendor for the 24 month period preceding their return to OU medical coverage. Contact Human Resources
for more information.
If you qualify for university retirement and have been enrolled in the university’s dental insurance for 5 years immediately prior to retirement, then you are eligible to participate in a group dental plan for retirees.
You have the option to enroll in the Blue Cross Blue Shield BlueCare Dental Basic Plan or the BCBS BlueCare Dental Alternate Plan. You can add dependents to either plan at your cost. For exclusions and limitations, visit with an OU retirement specialist.
If you are currently enrolled in OU’s vision insurance, you will be able to continue in the university's vision insurance with MetLife.
MetLife offers standard and premium vision insurance plans. Both plans are paid solely by the retiree.
If you qualify for university retirement and are currently enrolled in the university’s life insurance plan, you may continue a portion of your university life insurance coverage in an individual policy. Please complete the retiree life insurance form (available from HR) within 30 days of your retirement if you intend to retain life insurance.
You are responsible for paying the entire premium for your retiree life insurance. The amount of coverage will be determined by the amount of group life insurance coverage you have at the time of retirement. The guidelines are:
- If you retire before age 62, the amount of insurance you had immediately before you retired will be reduced by 50% to a maximum coverage of $50,000 and a minimum coverage amount of $10,000. When you reach age 62, your coverage amount again will be reduced by another 50%.
- If you retire at age 62 or over, the amount of insurance you had immediately before you retired will be reduced to 25% to a maximum coverage amount of $25,000 and a minimum coverage of $5,000.
To see if the amount of life insurance you carried as an active eligible employee can be converted to an individual permanent policy, please contact Lincoln Financial Group, the university’s life insurance vendor.
When you reach age 70, the university’s life insurance coverage will end; before your coverage expires, you may consider purchasing your own individual policy from a life insurance company.
Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
If you are currently participating in the Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you may use funds for expenses incurred up to your retirement date. You have the option to extend this benefit for 18 months through the COBRA continuation plan
. Ask your retirement coordinator for details.
Changes to Your Insurance
After you retire, you are allowed to make certain changes to your medical, dental, and vision coverage during the annual benefits enrollment period each fall. Details will be mailed to your home address during the enrollment period, so make sure you always notify HR when you have a change in address.
Outside of the open enrollment period, you may make changes to your coverage only if a Qualifying Life Event such as marriage or the birth of a child has occurred. Contact PayFlex, the university’s administrator for retiree insurance plans, for questions about qualifying events at (800) 359-3921.
Changes to Your Personal Information, Investments, or Beneficiaries
After you retire, you may need to update your address, investment options or beneficiary designations. Learn more about Changing Your Information in Retirement.