Employees
Workers CompRetireesPlan to Retire?

  • Plan to Retire?

    Please refer to the charts below for help in making these important decisions. Every union has different requirements to qualify for lifetime retiree health insurance.

     

    Once you have determined your official retirement date with the NYS Retirement System, you must notify Human Resources. Please forward a copy of this letter to the Benefits Office. A customized Retirement Packet will be mailed to you which will guide you through the necessary steps to establish retiree benefits.

     

     

    Do I need to enroll in Medicare Part B when I become eligible?

    Yes. When you or your spouse become Medicare eligible (whether at age 65 or earlier due to a disability) you must have Medicare Parts A & B. In addition to the quarterly contributions, keep in mind that you will also be required to pay for Medicare Part B. 

     

    What if Social Security tells me that I don’t need to enroll in Part B?

    It is a requirement of your union contract. Failure to do so will result in a termination of coverage.

     

    What happens if I drop my Medicare Part B?

    If you or your spouse drop Part B you will no longer be eligible for retiree health insurance coverage. Your coverage will be terminated until such time that you are able to re-enroll.

     

     

    BTF
    Yrs. Required Quarterly Contributions
     15 Years - All with BBOE (effective 7/1/18)

    Single:  $162.50

    Family:  $375.00

     

    Local 264 (Service Center and Cook Managers)
    Yrs. Required Quarterly Contributions*
    Hired Prior to 1/1/03: 15 Years (City & BMHA counts)


    Hired After1/1/03: 15 Years -  All with BBOE

    Single:  $100.00

    Family: $175.00

    *When a member becomes Medicare eligible, the individual must enroll in the Forever Blue Plan at no cost. If the retiree or a family member is not yet eligible they remain in the existing plan and the retiree will be responsible for the applicable contribution.

     

    Local 409
    Yrs. Required Quarterly Contributions
    17 Years 

    Hired Prior to 6/30/03 - 10 of 17 years with BBOE


    Hired After 6/30/03 - All 17 years with BBOE

    Single:  $125.00


    Family: $250.00

     

    BCSA
    Yrs. Required Quarterly Contributions*

     

    17 Years - All with BBOE

    (effective 9/20/17 thru 6/30/19)

    Single:  $200.00

    Family:  $400.00


    *Effective 7/1/19 retiree contributions are the same percentage of the premium as when active.

    Effective 9/20/17, when a member becomes Medicare eligible, the individual must enroll in the Forever Blue Plan. If the retiree or a family member is not yet eligible they remain in the existing. Contributions continue.

     

    PCTEA
    Yrs. Required Quarterly Contributions*

     

    Hired Prior to 7/1/98: 10 Years (City counts)


    Hired After 7/1/98: 15 Years (City counts)

    Less than Grade 15
    Single:  $100.00
    Family: $175.00

    Grade 15 or Higher
    Single:  $150.00
    Family: $250.00

    *When a member becomes Medicare eligible, the individual must enroll in the Forever Blue Plan at no cost. If the retiree or a family member is not yet eligible they remain in the existing plan and the retiree will be responsible for the applicable contribution.