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Aug 11, 2021, 3:51 PM By MOSERSI have been told that you are able to use unused vacation time to purchase health insurance through the end of the year of the year you retire. For example, you retire September first you may use unused AL time to pay for health insurance for October, November and December. My last day worked is December 31 with a retirement date of January 1. Since my retirement date is January 1 am I able to purchase health insurance through December?
There is an option to pre-pay health insurance premiums in retirement with a payout of unused annual leave. However, this is outside of the scope of benefits that MOSERS administers. You can find the following information on MCHCP’s website:
- “Employees whose premiums are collected pre-tax through the cafeteria plan have the opportunity to pre-pay premiums pre-tax as a retiree. Prepaid premiums may only be paid within the same calendar year*. To prepay, retirees must submit their enrollment request at least 31 days prior to their retirement date. The first month’s premium for retiree coverage will be divided between the last two active paychecks. Additional prepaid premiums may be collected from the retiree’s last two active paychecks and/or lump sum vacation/compensatory time payroll. Verify this payroll amount with the HR/Payroll personnel to determine how many months of retiree premiums can be prepaid.
- If a retiring employee transfers coverage under a retired spouse, the prepaid premium will include the premium for both the retiree and spouse. MCHCP suspends deductions from the spouse’s retirement benefit during the prepaid months.
- Retirees who cancel or fail to elect coverage may not enroll at a later date. Retirees who return to state employment and become eligible for benefits through MCHCP will be treated as a new employee.
- *Employees with a retirement date of Dec. 1 cannot prepay premiums, since future premiums would be for a different plan year. Employees with a retirement date of Jan. 1 can only prepay premiums using funds from their final active payroll (usually Jan. 15) and/or their vacation and compensatory time payroll.” Source: Enrollment (mchcp.org)
Please note that the amount of your unused annual leave has no impact on your MOSERS retirement benefits.
Please contact your HR office, MCHCP, and ASI Flex for details on the forms you need to complete and associated deadlines. Additionally, we encourage you to check with your human resources office about policies on annual and sick leave accrual and usage before retirement.
Jun 3, 2021, 3:40 PM By MOSERSi am looking for health insurance help. who do i contact
You will need to contact your medical insurance provider for help with health insurance-related inquires. For most state employees, that is Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP).
If you are employed at a college, university, or the Department of Conservation, contact your human resources/employee benefits office.
If you are unsure, see our Benefits Providers Table to determine who administers your benefits.
Jan 29, 2021, 1:06 PM By MOSERSIn retirement MOSERS can make direct payment to MCHCP to pay for insurance premiums for retired members. Can those payments be pre tax from my pension check?
If applicable, all of the following deductions may be withheld from your MOSERS monthly pension benefit payment but they are all post-tax:
• Missouri income tax as specified on your W-4P (tax withholding form)
• Federal income tax as specified on your W-4P (Without this form, we are required to withhold federal taxes as if you are married claiming three allowances.)
• MOSERS optional life insurance premium
• Aflac insurance premium
• Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP) premium
• Department of Conservation’s health and life insurance premium(s)
• Miscellaneous deductions such as vision and dental insurance and Missouri State Employees Charitable Campaign (MSECC) contributions
However, information from ASI/MO Café indicates that in the year that you retire, you are entitled to pre-pay for health, dental, and vision coverage through the end of that calendar year. If you can afford to have money deducted from your paycheck before you retire or from any payout for unused annual leave, you can authorize a pre-tax lump-sum insurance deduction. There is also some information about it on MCHCP’s Retirement – State Members page.
Jan 28, 2020, 8:07 AM By MOSERS
Many employees are staying active employees due to the expense of insurance premiums. Is there any possibility that a vested active 61-year-old employee with 12 years of service could retire and keep their insurance and only pay the current active status rate until they reach 65? Could this be something that could be explored for those that are within 5 years of Social Security?
Thank you for your suggestion. Since your question relates to medical insurance, please contact your medical insurance provider. For most state employees, that is Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP). If you are employed at a college, university, or the Department of Conservation, contact your human resources/employee benefits office. As a reminder, at MOSERS, we administer retirement, life insurance, and long-term disability benefits, but not medical insurance. We cannot respond to questions about benefits we don’t administer.
Sep 21, 2018, 1:53 PM By MOSERS
I heard that the pay increase for 2019 for state employees will not be given to state employees on their check, put is being used for their insurance premiums. If that is true does not seem fair as some employees do not carry state insurance... so do they get a raise?
We administer retirement, life insurance, and long-term disability benefits but are not involved in employee pay or medical insurance decisions so we do not know the answer to your question. Your agency’s human resources staff may be able to provide you with more information.
Jul 5, 2018, 2:49 PM By MOSERS
My husband and I both retired in our late 50's and still have 5 years to go before we reach medicare age. Hopefully this won't happen, but if insurance keeps going up what would happen if the amount of our insurance exceeds the amount of my benefit check? Both of our premiums are taken out of my check. I'm worried about the increasing cost. As we don't want to lose the insurance would we be able to pay the amount not covered by my benefit check directly to MOSERS?
Note: MOSERS administers retirement, life insurance and long-term disability insurance benefits. For most state employees, health care is administered by Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP). They provided us with a response for this question below.
MCHCP will not deduct partial premiums from a retirement benefit check. If the MCHCP premium is more than the retiree’s benefit check amount, then MCHCP will automatically set up the member on direct bill payment. MCHCP will mail a billing statement to the retiree/member showing the premiums due and the date payment is due. Members on direct bill have other payment opportunities including automatic (ACH) withdrawal from a bank account or online bill pay. The automatic withdrawal authorization form is available can be found on the MCHCP website: http://www.mchcp.org/forms/st_autoWithdraw.pdf.
Also, members on direct bill may choose to pay premiums online through their myMCHCP account using a debit or credit card. Please note the bank which administers the online payment process for MCHCP charges a service fee when a member uses this payment option.
May 9, 2018, 9:24 AM By MOSERS
I have heard that at the time of retirement that you can use your AL balance to pay for medical coverage for up to a year. Is this true and if so how does it work?Yes, this is true. Check with your HR staff and MCHCP for specific information as it relates to you, but here is some general information we received from MCHCP on the topic: Your employer’s payout for your unused annual leave/vacation can be used to pay your medical insurance premiums during the remainder of the year in which you retire. When you fill out your MCHCP Retiree Enrollment Form, you may elect to deduct your premiums using your one-time lump-sum annual leave payout as long as you did not opt out of the Cafeteria Plan’s premium only category and current premiums are deducted pre-tax. Depending on how many hours of annual leave you have, this can be a sizeable amount and can result in tax savings!
After you send the form in, MCHCP will contact your department’s payroll representative to verify your lump-sum payout amount. You may only pre-pay for the remaining premiums in the year you have retired. For example, if you retire in July, you may potentially pay for your August-December premiums with your unused annual leave payout.
For more information about your particular situation, please contact MCHCP at (800) 487-0771.
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