Sandia-provided benefits offered to Medicare-eligible retirees depend on whether you retired on or before Dec. 31, 2011, or on or after Jan. 1, 2012.
As a Sandia Medicare retiree, you’re eligible to shop for supplemental Medicare plans, including Individual Medicare Advantage plans, through Via Benefits — Sandia’s retiree health benefits administrator. Via Benefits can assist you with your eligibility, enrollment, and premium statements/payments.
Your costs for coverage depend on when you retired, your years of service, and your coverage level.
Retiree Health Coverage Eligibility
You need to meet specific age and Sandia service requirements in order to be eligible for retiree health benefits. Employees hired after Jan. 1, 2009, are not eligible. The following HR Solutions articles provide more details about eligibility and the benefits available to you:
You have the following options for Sandia-sponsored group Medicare Advantage plans for medical and prescription drug coverage. The plans are offered through Via Benefits. Some of your plan options include:
The amount of annual YSA credits you are eligible for depends on when you retired and/or your years of service. Annual YSA credit amounts are prorated for individuals who retire mid-year or who become eligible for Medicare mid-year.
Sandia provides Medicare-eligible retirees who retired on or after Jan. 1, 2012, with Your Spending Arrangement (YSA) credits to use toward paying for health care coverage.
The amount of annual YSA credits you are eligible for depends on when you retired and/or your years of service.
You choose Medicare coverage through the Via Benefits marketplace, purchase it yourself through Via Benefits, and then get reimbursed from the YSA funds Sandia provides.
Each year, Sandia holds open enrollment – usually in the fall – which is your opportunity to review your benefits and make plan or coverage changes that would go into effect Jan. 1 of the following year.
You can attend an open enrollment benefits fair to learn more about benefit changes and hear from the plan providers. Sandia announces dates and times on www.sandiaretireebenefits.com before each open enrollment period.
If you wish to change your benefits during open enrollment, call Via Benefits at 888-598-7809 to speak with a licensed benefit advisor who will help you find and enroll in medical and dental plans that meet your needs.