Seattle Department of Human Resources Susan McNab, Director (Acting)


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Health Plans: Seattle City Employees' Retirement System (SCERS) Retirees

This page covers healthcare options for SCERS retirees and their eligible dependents. For information on the pension plan, please visit the SCERS web page at .

The Retiree Medical Plan Annual Enrollment runs Thursday, November 1 through Wednesday, November 21, 2018 for coverage effective January 1, 2019. Your annual enrollment packet will be mailed on October 26, 2018. See the 2019 plan rates, annual enrollment letter, under age 65 plan highlights, Medicare plan comparison, 2019 retiree dental plan and rates, and required notices. If you are changing medical plans offered through the City, please contact the Benefits Unit at (206) 615-1340 or to request an enrollment form to be emailed or mailed to you. You must fill out an enrollment form and submit it to the SDHR Benefits Unit postmarked no later than Wednesday, November 21, 2018. If you aren't making changes, no action is required.

If you pay by check, please change the check amount starting with your January payment. See the 2019 rate sheet.

View the recorded Health Plan Options for Retiring Employees slide deck (26 minutes).

Considering a City-Sponsored health plan? Please see the below suggested timeline and FAQs.

3 Months - 1 Year Before Your Retirement Date
At Least 60 - 90 Days Before Your Retirement Date
At Least 30 Days Before Your Retirement Date

At Least 60 Days of Receiving COBRA Notification
  • Consider attending Health Plan Options for Retiring Employees. Register online through Cornerstone.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Retirement Specialist by calling (206) 386-1293. You will receive a health plan information packet at the meeting.

  • Enroll in Medicare Parts A and B on if you or your spouse/domestic partner are age 65 or more before or when you retire. You must provide a copy of your Medicare card in order to enroll on a City-sponsored plan.

  • Notify your department's benefits representative of your retirement date.
  • Consider your COBRA and retiree health plan options.

  • Submit completed forms in your health plan information packet and premium payments to the Benefits Unit, which administers the retiree health plans.
  • Submit your COBRA election form if you decide to continue active health plan coverage.

  • Once you are enrolled on a City-Sponsored plan, remember to:

    Premium rate sheet for SCERS retiree medical plans

    Premium rate sheet for COBRA plans

    Medical plan information if you are an under age 65 retiree:
    2019 Under Age 65 Retiree Benefit Highlights

    Medical plan information if you are an age 65 or older retiree (Medicare-eligible):
    2019 Age 65 and Over Benefit Highlights

    Retiree Dental

    If you have questions about the retiree dental plan, please contact

      Independent Billing Services
      (253) 862-2122.

    Other Resources

    SCERS Retirees

    If you have questions about the SCERS retiree health plans, please contact

    If you have questions about your pension check, please contact