Benefits for Retirees including spouses/partners and surviving spouses/partners

Healthcare in Retirement

If an employee has 10 or more years of service in a full-time benefit-eligible position, he/she may retire as early as age 59½, and continue participation in the group health insurance plan until age 65, at which time Medicare coverage begins. Assuming the employee meets the qualifications, the University's retiree health benefit that is in effect at that time will then be available at age 65. Retiree health insurance benefits are determined by date of hire.

Survivor Benefits

To help protect an employee's family from the sudden loss of his/her earnings, the University provides a comprehensive program of survivor benefits.

Educational Grants at Retirement or Disability

If an employee has worked full-time for six or more consecutive years immediately preceding his/her retirement (as defined above), the employee's children will remain eligible for the educational grant benefit.

If an employee has worked full-time for six or more consecutive years immediately preceding his/her separation due to disability, the employee's children will remain eligible for the educational grant benefit provided that the disabled employee continues to meet the disability definition under the University's long term disability program.