Retiree Health

Harvard provides optional medical and dental coverage to eligible retirees, their spouses/domestic partners (at the time of retirement) and their eligible dependents.

Your eligibility and cost for retiree health coverage depends on several factors, including when you began working at the University, your employee group, the length of your University service and date of retirement. For details, please review our Retiree Health Coverage overview.

For an estimated date when you may meet eligibility for retiree health benefits, please click on our post-retirement health eligibility calculator.

Benefits Open Enrollment 2021

Benefits Open Enrollment 2021 was November 10-19, 2020 and is now closed. If you made any changes during Open Enrollment, you will receive a confirmation statement with those changes in early December and will receive any new plan ID cards in December. If you made no changes, you will not receive a confirmation statement. 

Important Notice: Health Plan Resources for COVID-19; Certain Copayments Waived

As the University continues to work to address issues related to coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19, Harvard in conjunction with its health plans will waive certain copayments.

HPHC Enhanced

Retirees and covered dependents in HPHC Enhanced will receive necessary testing for suspected COVID-19 exposure and until further notice Harvard Pilgrim is waiving cost-sharing for members on the following:

  • COVID-19 test
  • Doctor's office, urgent care and emergency room services for COVID-19 testing
  • Telemedicine services (all services)

BCBS Medex

Cost-sharing and copayments waived as follows:

  • Testing, counseling and other COVID-19 care provided at doctors' offices, emergency rooms and urgent care centers, consistent with the guidance issued by the Massachusetts Division of Insurance.
  • COVID-19 treatment provided at  doctors' offices, emergency rooms and urgent care centers, consistent with the guidance issued by the Massachusetts Division of Insurance. Any medically necessary treatment for coronavirus is covered under a member's health plan within the U.S. or internationally.

Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred

This plan works with Medicare to cover related needs, as follows:

  • Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19. Members pay no out-of-pocket costs.
  • Medicare covers all medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you're diagnosed with COVID-19 and might otherwise have been discharged from the hospital after an in-patient stay, but need to stay in the hospital under quarantine.
  • Cost-sharing is waived for COVID-19 lab tests.
  • Cost-sharing is waived for telehealth for COVID-19 related care.

Express Scripts, provider of pharmacy benefits for all Harvard medical plans, offers home delivery for medications. Also note that early refill requirements will be removed for 60 days starting Monday, March 16.

Medial plans continue to evaluate the situation; be sure to check back for updates (posted 3/16/2020).

Plans for Retirees/Dependents Age 65 and Over

Retirees and eligible spouses/domestic partners (and eligible dependents if any) age 65 and over may choose from one of the following plans that supplement Medicare:

View plan feature comparison charts and rates here. 

These plans supplement Medicare and you must also enroll in that coverage 2-3 months prior to turning age 65. You can get additional information at www.Medicare.gov. Also please review this Glossary of Medicare Terms and FAQs.

Prescription Coverage for Retirees in Senior Medical Plans: Participants in Harvard’s medical plans for those over age 65 (except Kaiser Permanente) receive prescription drug benefits included as part of their medical coverage. There is no need to sign up for a separate Medicare Part D plan. Express Scripts Medicare® is the administrator for the prescription benefit in all Harvard-sponsored medical plans. Retirees with questions may call Express Scripts at 877-787-8684 with questions and visit express-scripts.com for more information and to set up an online account.

Plans for Retirees/Dependents Under Age 65

Retirees and eligible spouses/domestic partners (and eligible dependents if any) under age 65 may choose from the same plans offered to active employees.

  • Retiree faculty and nonunion staff under age 65 are covered under the active plans for faculty and nonunion staff
  • Retirees under age 65 who were members of ATC, HUPA, HUSPMGU, Local 26, and SEIU and retired prior to 9/4/2014 are covered under the active plans for faculty and nonunion staff; those who retired on or after 9/4/2014 are covered by the plan for their union
  • Retirees under age 65 who were members of HUCTW and retired prior to 7/5/2011 are covered under the active plans for faculty and nonunion staff; those who retired on or after 7/5/2011 are covered by the plan for their union
  • Retirees and covered dependents may be eligible to use SmartShopper, a free service that helps you compare costs for certain medical procedures and tests, find lower cost providers and receive a financial incentive up to $250 for using a preferred provider. Learn more.

View plan feature comparison charts and rates here. 

Dental Plan for Retirees

If you meet the eligibility requirements for retiree health, then you and your spouse (and eligible dependents if any) may participate in the retiree Delta Dental Plan, which has a network of more than 5,000 dentists, including those at the University Health Services Dental Clinic.

You will have two opportunities to enroll in retiree dental coverage:

  • At the time of retirement; or
  • When you enroll in retiree medical coverage for the first time, if after your initial retirement date

Please review the Delta Dental Plan (for Retirees) Summary for coverage information. Click here to view rates.