Health, Prescription Drug, and Dental/Vision Insurance
When you retire, you and your eligible dependents can enroll in the plan's group insurance offerings. You can enroll in the Master Health Care Plan (MHCP) or one of several Health maintenance Organizations (HMOs). For provider information and details about coverage, refer to the Insurance Options
Summary (R0379C). You can also download vendor brochures from links in the table below.
Check out the Insurance Information (R0058C) document for information on enrollment, coverage, and eligibility for retirees.
The insurance carrier answers any questions about insurance claims or if you want to know if a particular service is covered. If you have enrollment questions or problems, contact ORS. If you apply at least 3 months before your insurance effecctive date, your cards will usually arrive by your retirement effective date. If you need health services before your cards arrive, contact the insurance carrier directly to get your policy number or to verify coverage.
Insurance premium subsidies.
Whether or not the state helps cover insurance premium costs depends on
when membership with the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System
began as well as other factors. See Premium
Subsidies for details.
When your coverage begins.
Insurance coverage always begins on the first day of a month.
If you enroll at retirement. Retiree coverage for you and your dependents can begin on your retirement effective date or up to 90 days past your retirement date if you will have insurance coverage with your school employer after you retire. Check with your school employer to find out when your present insurance(s) will terminate. That way there won't be any break in your coverage and you won't be duplicating coverage. Determining the correct effective date is very important because we can't refund any premiums once they have been withheld from your pension.
If you have a retroactive retirement date. If you apply for retirement in the month of your retirement effective date or later (retroactively), insurance coverage can begin no earlier than the first day of the month after the enrollment request and required proofs are received, even if your retirement effective date is earlier than that.
For disability retirees. If you are a disability pension recipient with the Premium Subsidy benefit, insurance coverage will begin (after you apply) on your retirement effective date or the first of the month following approval of your disability, whichever is later.
Timely application and proofs. We must receive your application and proofs for everyone you want to enroll by the 15th of the month before the requested retirement effective date. If you submit the application and proofs after the 15th but before the end of the month, your insurance effective date will be one month later than requested.
For example, if you submit your application and proofs on July 25th, for a retirement effective date of August 1, your actual insurance effective date will be September 1.
Regardless of when you want your coverage to start, we must receive your application and proofs for everyone you want to enroll no later than 30 calendar days after your retirement effective date, or those with missing information will be subject to a 6-month wait to enroll, starting from the date we received the new enrollment request and proofs.
New enrollment after your retirement effective date. If you have the Premium Subsidy benefit and initiate a new enrollment for yourself, your spouse, or another dependent in the retirement system's insurance after your retirement effective date, they will be subject to a 6-month wait to re-enroll, starting from the date ORS receives your new insurance enrollment request and all required proofs.
If you have the Personal Healthcare fund, you cannot enroll in insurances after your retirement effective date.
If you have a qualifying
The waiting period does not apply if you, a spouse, or an eligible dependent has an involuntary loss of other group coverage or a qualifying event such as a change in your family status and you have the Premium Subsidy benefit.
ORS must receive required proofs, and the enrollment request through miAccount or by using the Insurance Enrollment/Change Request (R0452C), within 30 days of the qualifying event or you will be subject to a 6-month wait. If we receive the application and proofs within 30 days, and you meet all other eligibility requirements, we will process the enrollment the first day of the month after we receive the request and proofs.
The following are considered qualifying events for the purpose of adding or deleting a dependent. Photocopies are acceptable.
Adoption. Acceptable proof is adoption
papers. In the case of legal adoption, a child is eligible for coverage as
of the date of placement. Placement occurs when you become legally
obligated for the total or partial support of the child in anticipation of
adoption. A sworn statement with the date of placement or a court order
verifying placement is required.
Birth. Acceptable proof is a birth
Death. Acceptable proof is a death
Divorce. Acceptable proof is divorce
Marriage. Acceptable proof is a marriage
certificate and spouse's birth certificate-both are needed.
Involuntary loss of coverage in another group
plan. Provide a statement on letterhead from the terminating
group insurance plan explaining who was covered, why coverage is ending,
and the date coverage ends.
If you're changing insurance coverage, ORS will adjust your premiums, if needed, the month your insurance becomes effective. We cannot refund premiums withheld before or in the month you report the change. If you are adding a spouse or dependent due to marriage, birth, or adoption, be sure to submit the request and proofs within 30 days of the event or they will be subject to a 6-month waiting period before they can enroll.
If you have a delayed subsidy, you're enrolled in insurances before your subsidy effective date, and you're paying the entire premium, ORS will automatically reduce your insurance premium on your subsidy effective date.
If you have other health insurance.
It is your responsibility to keep ORS informed of any changes that may affect your own and your dependent's eligibility and/or coverage, so be sure to notify ORS when anyone on your insurance has coverage under another insurance plan.
If you and your spouse are both Michigan public school retirees, you will be covered together under one contract.
Sign up for Medicare.
As soon as you or anyone else covered by your health insurance becomes eligible for Medicare, that person must enroll in both Part A (hospital) and Part B (medical). For most people, Medicare begins at age 65 or after 24 months of social security disability eligibility. If that happens before age 65, send ORS a completed Insurance
Enrollment/Change Request (R0452C).
Medicare Part D (prescription drug) is a federal program that is administered by your group insurance plan. When you enroll in an ORS-offered prescription drug plan, ORS will automatically enroll you in Medicare Part D if appropriate. Be sure ORS has your Medicare number.
Once you sign up for Medicare, we will enroll you in a Medicare Advantage plan. A Medicare Advantage plan is a private health plan that coordinates with Medicare and supplements Medicare coverage. Medicare Parts A and B are requirements for enrollment in the Medicare advantage and Part D prescription drug programs. If you don’t enroll in Medicare Part B, you will not be eligible to enroll in the Medicare Advantage or Part D programs offered by ORS.
Your medical records are private.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and
related rules require group health plans to protect the privacy of its
members' health information. If you are concerned that your privacy rights
have been compromised, or you need further information, please contact ORS.