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Re-employment of an ORP Retiree for GIC Purposes

No restrictions: ORP Retirees who are re-employed by the Commonwealth may be offered any position, without restrictions of maximum workload; earnings and/or benefits re-calculation.

Continuing “Retiree” Income

ORP participants who are “Retirees” for Group Insurance purposes; who are re-employed by the Commonwealth in a “benefits eligible position” (typically 50% FTE), and choose to continue their “Retiree Income,” purchase their insurance coverages as a “Retiree”. This means that their “Retiree Income” continues, in addition to their salary and that their monthly Retiree Insurance premiums will be deducted from their Retiree Income.

Special Note: Participants who maintain their Retiree status with the Group Insurance Commission and are over age 65 should understand that Medicare may consider them an “Active Employee” and therefore covered by their employer’s insurance as the primary provider. These participants should inform Medicare that they are “Retirees for Insurance Purposes” under their employer’s plan.

Discontinuing Retiree Income

ORP participants who are “Retirees” for Group Insurance purposes; who are re-employed by the Commonwealth in a “benefits eligible position” (typically 50% FTE); and who choose to discontinue their “Retiree Income,” purchase their insurance benefits as an active employee. They effectively discontinue their “Retiree” status with the Insurance Commission.

Terminating your Retiree Income depends on the type of income drawn from the plan, since not all income payment methods can be discontinued. Check with your Provider on this matter.

Special Note: Participants who discontinue their Retiree status with the Group Insurance Commission and are over age 65 should continue paying their Medicare premiums on their own, either via Social Security Income deductions or by direct bill. This approach helps participants avoid any “re-enrollment” penalties at later date. The current penalty is 10% per year that you were away from Medicare.

 

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