Eligible retirees under the age of 65 may elect group medical coverage for themselves and their eligible dependents and have the choice of Blue Cross of Idaho Traditional, PPO, or High Deductible plans. Prescription drug coverage is included in the medical coverage. There is no retiree dental plan but a COBRA election may be available. Vision and EAP are not included in the Retiree medical plan. Retiree Medical Coverage Plans & Rates.
Important Time Frames
Date of Retirement
The date you start drawing your state retirement benefit. You must attach a copy of the statement from your retirement system showing the date your retirement benefits begin.
Date Active Employee Coverage Ends
If you terminate active employment status prior to the 15th day of a month, your eligibility for coverage ends on the last day of that month. If you terminate active status on or after the 15th day of a month, your eligibility for coverage ends on the last day of the following month. Your human resources office can provide you with additional information.
Retiree Plan Effective Date
Coverage is effective on the first day of the month following the date your active employee coverage terminates, provided your Retiree Medical Plan Enrollment Application is submitted to our office within sixty (60) days of the date your active employee coverage ends. For example, if your active employee coverage ends May 31st, you must submit your application by July 30.
Did you know you can COBRA your FSA?
When you retire, you can continue accessing your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) balances by contributing to your FSA on a post-tax basis. Contact Navia directly at retirement and ask them for more information about how to COBRA your FSA.
Because your Medicare coverage begins on the first day of the month in which you turn 65 and your eligibility for the Retiree Group Medical Plan ends on the last day of that month, you could qualify for a reduced premium rate for your birthday month if you have Medicare parts A and B.
You will be notified by Blue Cross as well as the Office of Group Insurance; however, you may contact our office at any time if you would like additional information.
How do I use my sick leave funds?
Am I eligible for the State’s Retiree Medical Plan?
State Controller’s Office
Blue Cross of Idaho Member Site
Senior Health Insurance Benefits
Advisors Program (SHIBA)
Idaho SHIBA provides free, unbiased Medicare benefits information and assistance for all Idahoans with Medicare.