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Retiree Health and Dental

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First Published  :Mon Dec 01 17:09:33 GMT 2014
Last Modified  :Tue Apr 18 04:00:51 GMT 2017
Last Published  :Tue Apr 18 04:00:51 GMT 2017
Summary :  Reference for benefits eligible employees/retirees who have inquiries about Retiree Health and Dental Plans at Tufts University. Audience: Benefits Eligible Employees and their Eligible Dependents


Primary Information

    You are eligible for Retiree Health under the following circumstances:
    >    You are at least age 60 and have 5 or more years of service with Tufts University; or
    >    Your age plus years of service with Tufts University equals at least 75 and
    >    You (and your eligible dependents) have been enrolled in a Tufts University health plan for the 12 months prior to your retirement date.
    >    We suggest that you read all of the information contained in the Retirement and Changes to Your Benefits section of the AccessTufts site as well as the information on Retiree Health Plans and Retiree Dental Plans

    Retiree Health Plan Options
    Tufts University offers you and your eligible dependents a choice of comprehensive health plan options upon retirement.
    The retiree health plan benefits available to eligible retirees and their eligible dependents are divided into two categories based on the retiring employee’s age.
    Coverage Under Age 65
    Retired employees who are under age 65 may elect, for themselves and their eligible dependents, health coverage that is the same health coverage they are enrolled in prior to retirement (although he/she may be eligible to change plans if he/she moves out of a plan’s service area or during Open Enrollment):
    2017 plans: 
    https://tuftshealthplan.com/microsites/tufts-university (these are the same plans offered to regular employees but there is no university contribution toward the cost)

    Once the retiree reaches age 65, the participant is typically moved to an age 65 and over health plan.  A representative of Crosby Benefits Systems, (Tufts University Retiree Health Plan third-party Administrator) will contact participants three months prior to discuss these options.  However, if the retiree does not respond or choose another valid plan for over 65, coverage will terminate.
    Coverage at Age 65 and Over
    Retired employees who are age 65 and over may elect, for themselves and their eligible dependents, any one of the health plans Tufts University offers to individual who are eligible for Medicare coverage:
     All eligible retirees or dependents over age 65 must enroll in Medicare Part B coverage in order to enroll in a Tufts University sponsored post-retirement medical plan.
    You can now apply for Social Security benefits (Medicare Part A and B coverage) online by following the link below:
    Retiree Dental Plan
    We are happy to be offering retiree dental coverage through Delta Dental. Please review the description of benefits and costs before making your decision. Coverage will be provided at 100% for preventive treatment, 75% for basic care and 50% for major services. The annual maximum is $1,000. You can roll over a portion of your unused spending to increase your maximum benefit limit next year and beyond. Please review the Delta Dental Rollover Max brochure for full details.
    Important Notes:
    1. To elect coverage for you and your dependent(s) you may elect two person (coverage for two) or family coverage.
    2. You will be direct-billed for the dental coverage by CROSBY BENEFITS SYSTEMS, INC.
    3. Once enrolled in the dental plan you will receive a new identification card from Delta Dental.
    You are eligible to participate in the Retiree Health Insurance Plan if at retirement you were covered by the employee Health Plan for at least 12 months immediately preceding your retirement and you are at least age 60 and have at least 5 years of eligible service, or your age plus years of eligible service with the University equals at least 75. Your Spouse and eligible family members are eligible for the Retiree Health Insurance Plan if he/she or they are covered under a Tufts University Health Plan for the 12 months immediately preceding your retirement. Please refer to the Summary Plan Description for retired employees for further information regarding Retiree Health Insurance Plan coverage and eligibility rules.
    If you are eligible for the Retiree Health Plan, you may elect to purchase dental coverage for yourself and eligible family members through the Retiree Dental Plan. Please refer to the Retiree Summary Plan Description for further information regarding Retiree Dental Plan coverage.
    Vendor Information:
    Retiree Health Plan Employees Under Age 65 for those who are PLANNING retirement:

    Retiree Health Plan Vendors- Over Age 65 for those who are PLANNING Retirement:

    For those who are ALREADY RETIRED-Contact Tier 3 Benefits - rates are dependent on date of hire and date of retirement

    Third-Party Retiree Health Billing Vendor:

    Crosby Benefits Systems
    27 Christina Street
    Newton, MA 02461
    Crosby FSA help line: 1-617-630-0531 and ask for Barbara Foley

    see the Retirement and Changes to Your Benefits section of the AccessTufts site for more information on Retiree Health Plan Options and Retiree Dental Plan.

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