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Retirement Eligibility

Definition of Retiree

The University of Hartford has revised its retirement criteria over the past several years. The date of attainment of retirement eligibility determines the benefit an employee is eligible to receive. Employees who meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in the retiree benefit program. To view your summary of coverage, please select the statement for which you qualify:

  • Age (minimum 55) plus completed years of service must total 75 or more by Dec. 31, 1998. Learn more.
  • Age plus completed years of service (minimum 10) must total 75 or more by Dec. 31, 2005. Learn more.
  • Age plus completed years of service (minimum 10) must total 75 on or after Jan. 1, 2006. Learn more.

Medical Coverage

To be eligible for continuation of subsidized medical benefits as a retiree, you must be enrolled in a University-offered group plan for a minimum of two years immediately prior to retirement. Active dependents are eligible for continued coverage per plan guidelines; however, no new dependents are eligible to enroll for coverage after the onset of retirement.

Additional Medical Insurance Information:

Dental Coverage

Retirees who are currently enrolled in the University-offered group dental plan can continue coverage into retirement. Active dependents are eligible for continued coverage per plan guidelines; however no new dependents are eligible to enroll for coverage after the onset of retirement. Retirees are required to continue paying 100 percent of the premium for this coverage.

Additional Dental Information:

Open Enrollment for Retirees

Retirees are eligible to review their current benefit plan election(s) during the University's annual Open Enrollment in the fall. Plan change options are available to the retiree and covered dependents enrolled in the plan(s) at the time of retirement. Any change(s) elected during the annual open enrollment become effective January 1 of the next calendar year.

Please note that if you elect to cancel group medical and/or dental insurance, you will not be eligible to re-enroll at a later date.

Other Information

In the event of a death of a covered retiree, a spouse is eligible to continue existing coverage by paying 100 percent of premium.

The University reserves the right to change providers, plan provisions or plan descriptions as it deems necessary.

Life Insurance

All group term life insurance ends upon retirement. The University-sponsored group term life insurance policy has conversion options. Appropriate paperwork is available through HRD and must be requested 30 days following date of retirement. Upon retirement, the University maintains a $2,000 life insurance policy at no cost to the retiree. Please contact HRD if you have questions regarding beneficiary information.

To update existing beneficiary information, please complete the Designation of Beneficiary form (doc) and return it to HRD to ensure that the most current information is on file. This information can be updated at any time.

Tuition Remission Benefit

The University extends the tuition remission benefit to qualified retirees. Under this policy, retired faculty and staff who have completed a minimum of 10 years of continuous service are eligible for the same tuition remission benefits made available to active full-time faculty and staff. For more information, please review the tuition remission policy.

TIAA-CREF

If you participate in the University of Hartford's 403(b) Retirement Plan with TIAA-CREF, you are invited to schedule an individual counseling session with the University's individual consultant from TIAA-CREF. To schedule a meeting, please review the instructions below or call 1.800.842.2776.

To coordinate a meeting on the website at www.tiaa-cref.org follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Meetings/Counseling tab in the blue shaded Web Center heading. This may alert you that you have requested access to an encrypted page. Click OK to proceed.
  2. Select a state (in the center of the screen). Click the gray shaded icon with the arrow pointed down, highlight Connecticut and click submit.
  3. Scroll down the listing of Workplace-based Events until you see the University of Hartford's individual counseling calendar. Click on the date you would like to schedule your individual counseling session.
  4. Scroll down to Event Information and select (click) the circle identifying the time slot you'd like to meet with the individual consultant. Once you've selected your time slot, scroll down and complete the personal information requested. Please note that the asterisk (*) identifies required fields that must be completed to ensure the appointment is committed. You have the option to tailor the topic discussed at your individual counseling session by answering a series of optional questions on this screen. Once all of your personal information is input, scroll to the bottom of the page and click submit. You will receive immediate confirmation of your appointment. Please print this screen for your records.

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Sports Center (Wellness Program)

Qualified retirees are extended the same wellness benefits available to regular full-time faculty and staff. To continue your wellness program, please visit the Sports Center membership office or call 860.768.5050.

AARP

AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older. Through information and education, advocacy and service, AARP seeks to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting independence, dignity, and purpose. For more information visit www.aarp.org.

Planned Giving

Whether you are in mid-career or planning for retirement, the University's Planned Giving program creates avenues for giving that you've perhaps not yet considered. Your gift to the University of Hartford can be made with attention to your personal circumstances and objectives. The Office of Development can show you how your gift can secure a variety of financial benefits for you and your family. For more information, please visit retirement gift planning or contact the Office of Development at 860.768.2444.

Frequent Contact List for Retirees

  • AARP
    601 East Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20049
    1.800.424.3410
    www.aarp.org
  • Aetna, Inc Freedom of Choice
    Dental Insurance
    P.O. Box 9608
    Cranbury, NJ 08512
    1.877.238.6200
    www.aetna.com
  • Medicare Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)                                             Region I
    JFK Federal Building
    Room 2325
    Boston, MA 02203-0003
    1.617.565.1188
    www.medicare.gov
  • Social Security
    Office of Public Inquiries
    Windsor Park Building
    6401 Security Blvd.
    Baltimore, MD 21235
    1.800.772.1213
    www.ssa.gov
  • TIAA CREF
    730 Third Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    1.800.842.2776 Counseling Center
    1.800.842.2733 Main Line
    1.800.842.2252 Automated Service
    www.tiaa-cref.org
  • United Healthcare
    P.O. Box 740800
    Atlanta, GA 30374-0800
    1.800.842.9655
    www.myuhc.com
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