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

Annual Enrollment for Retiree Medical Plans:  The Annual Enrollment period for 2021 City of Seattle retiree medical plans is Monday, November 2 - Friday, November 20, 2020. If you are a City of Seattle retiree or dependent currently covered on an under age 65 or Medicare plan, watch for your Annual Enrollment packet in U.S. mail. Below are the Annual Enrollment packet materials.

If you want to stay in your current medical plan, no action is necessary. If you are changing medical plans offered through the City, you must fill out an enrollment form and submit it to the SDHR Benefits Unit postmarked no later than Friday, November 20, 2020. Call our office at 1 (206) 615-1340" target="_blank">(206) 615-1340 or email us at to request an enrollment form to be emailed or mailed to you.


View the recorded 2021 Health Plan Options for Retiring Employees presentation (25 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  OR  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:

  • Watch your home mail for an open enrollment packet in November
  • If enrolled in COBRA, enroll in a retiree plan at least 30 days before COBRA ending.
  • Enroll in Medicare Parts A and B and, if desired, in a Medicare Advantage plan through the City 60-90 days before you and/or your spouse turn 65.
  • Notify the Benefits Unit within 30 days of any Qualifying Life Event such as divorce, legal separation, marriage, new dependent child or death
  • Notify the Retirement Office if you move by completing the change of address form

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:

2020 Under Age 65 Retiree Benefit Highlights

2021 Under Age 65 Retiree Benefit Highlights

Aetna Preventive

Aetna Traditional

Kaiser Permanente Standard

Kaiser Permanente Deductible

Medical plan information if you are an age 65 or older retiree (Medicare-eligible):

2020 Age 65 and Over Benefit Highlights

2021 Age 65 and Over Benefit Highlights


Kaiser Permanente MAPD3

Kaiser Permanente MAPD4

United Heathcare   

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
City of Seattle Central Benefits Unit
(206) 615-1340

If you have questions about your pension check, please contact
Seattle City Employee's Retirement System
(206) 386-1293