Pre-Retirement Information  


City of Mesa Health Coverage

As a retiring employee, you may be entitled to continue your health coverage with the City of Mesa. In order to qualify for this benefit, you must meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the City of Mesa Plan Document. 
 
Retired employees (retirees) of the City of Mesa who meet the eligibility requirements as stated in the City of Mesa Plan Document, and begin receiving and continue to receive retirement benefits either from the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) on the first of the month following retirement with the City of Mesa, are eligible for the benefits listed in the chart describing the Overview of Eligibility for Plan Benefits. The monthly premium paid by the retiree depends upon the coverage chosen and the number of years of eligible service with the City of Mesa. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following the employee’s retirement date, as long as any required contributions are paid. Retired employees and their eligible dependents must enroll in Medicare Parts A and B upon becoming eligible. Note that employees hired on or after 1-1-09 are not eligible for retiree City medical, dental or vision benefit coverage.
 
Retired employees (retirees) with Disability: Retired employees, other than those listed above, who have retired from employment due solely to a disability and are receiving an LTD benefit and who continue to meet the requirements of disability as defined in the Definitions chapter of this document, are also eligible for the same Plan coverage as retired employees without a disability. See the benefits described on the chart above describing the Overview of Eligibility for Plan Benefits. An employee will be allowed to retire under this provision if totally disabled for a period of at least six months. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following the medical retirement date, and will continue as long as the medical retiree is receiving LTD benefits and any required contributions are paid. When LTD benefits end, the medical retiree may be eligible to continue coverage as a retired employee IF the eligibility requirements stated in the City of Mesa Plan Document are met. Individuals who retire due to a disability must enroll in Medicare Parts A and B upon becoming eligible. Note that employees hired on or after 1-1-09 are not eligible for retiree medical, dental or vision benefit coverage.
Please Note: Employees who withdrawal their full pension or choose to leave their money on account with the retirement system (postpone receiving their monthly benefit) will forfeit their health coverage with the City of Mesa and cannot re-enroll at any time in the future.  
 
Years of Service

There are four groups of retirees:

  •  Prior to November 1, 1991 retired employees of the City of Mesa who did not have to fulfill the requirement of having at least 10 years of service with the City of Mesa and who meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Beginning November 1, 1991, and for those employees hired on or before December 31, 2000, retired employees (retirees) of the City of Mesa with 10 or more years of service in a benefits-eligible position with the City of Mesa who meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Effective January 1, 2001, retired employees of the City of Mesa hired on or after January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2005 with 15 or more years of service in a benefits-eligible position with the City of Mesa who meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Effective January 1, 2006, retired employees of the City of Mesa hired on or after January 1, 2006 with 20 or more years of service in a benefits-eligible position with the City of Mesa and who meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Effective January 1, 2009, retired employees of the City of Mesa who were hired on or after January 1, 2009 are not eligible for retiree benefit coverage, except as the Special Rules for RIWF, noted in the City of Mesa Plan Document.

Questions

For questions please contact the Employee Benefits Administration Office at 480-644-2299 or via email at Benefits.Info@mesaaz.gov. Retirement paperwork can be requested 1-2 months before retirement.  To request paperwork please complete the Retirement Info Form available on our website at www.mesaaz.gov

 

 
 

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Mesa, AZ 85201
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