Retirees

When you retire, you may continue receiving the same dental and vision benefits from the Fund as if you were an active employee. As a retiree, you will be required to pay an annual premium out of your own pocket.

Who is Eligible?

If you are retired, you may be eligible to continue dental and vision coverage in the Fund’s benefit Plan.

To be eligible, you must have been:

  • Enrolled in COBRA Continuation Coverage when you retire.
    • When your COBRA Continuation Coverage ends, your eligibility for additional coverage may begin. The additional coverage is the same as existing COBRA Continuation coverage.
  • Must be collecting a monthly pension from the City Retirement Board or another participating retirement system, and be a retired member from the City of Cambridge.
  • You retired on or after January 1, 1984 and you were eligible for Fund coverage as an active employee.
  • You retired on or after July 1, 1983 and you were covered by Local 195 I.P.E.A. during your employment.

Your dependents are not covered under your continuation coverage as a retiree unless they were already covered as eligible dependents while you were covered as an active employee.  Your covered dependents include:

Your spouse

  • Spouses receiving a survivor's benefit and their dependent children are covered unless the surviving spouse remarries, then coverage is terminated.

Your children

  • Your dependent children are eligible for benefits up to age of 19 or age 25 if they are enrolled as a full-time student in college or post-secondary school.
    • If your child is a full-time student, you must provide documentation of your child's full-time student status.  The Registrar's Office at your child's school can provide this documentation.
  • Totally disabled, handicapped, and mentally disabled dependent children are eligible for benefits regardless of age, if your child is permanently disabled and is claimed as a dependent on your federal tax return.

For more information click on Dependent Children Verification Requirements

Annual Premium

You must pay an annual premium in order to receive benefits under continuation coverage for retirees.

  • You will receive a notice from the Fund letting you know you have the right to purchase additional coverage after the COBRA Continuation period.
  • The notice will show the cost of the annual premium. The amount of the annual premium may change from year to year. The notice from the Fund will have the exact cost.
  • You must pay the annual premium within 30 days of receiving the notice.
  • You may pay the annual premium in either one or two installments. If you pay the annual premium in one installment, you receive a 10% discount off the full, annual price. There is no discount for paying in two installments. You may not pay in two installments for individual retiree continuation coverage.

You must pay the annual premium for additional coverage within 30 days of receiving the Fund’s retiree eligibility notice.

The current 2019 annual premium for retiree continuation coverage (after COBRA coverage for retirees is exhausted) is:
TIER ONE INSTALLMENT WITH 10% DISCOUNT  TWO INSTALLMENTS WITHOUT 10% DISCOUNT  
INDIVIDUAL   $594.00 N/A  
TWO-PERSON  $1,166.50 $1,296.00 ($648 per installment)  
FAMILY   $1,587.50 $1,764.00 ($882 per installment)  

The annual retiree premium may change from time to time. Always contact the Fund Office to know the current premium amounts.

Benefits

Your benefits as a retiree are the same as the benefits for active employees

Have questions about retiree coverage and eligibility? Contact us.