Retiree: Other Benefits


VISION INSURANCE

Retirees now have the option of electing vision insurance through Aetna. 

 
The Aetna Vision Preferred plan helps you save on eyeglasses, contacts and more. You'll get an allowance to buy frames or contacts at any one of the nationwide providers, including LensCrafters, Target Optical, Pearle Vision, and more! 

More About Vision Insurance


GROUP CORE TERM LIFE AND ADDITIONAL TERM LIFE INSURANCE

Retirees who enroll in Medical or Dental Insurance through Manatee County also receive a $1,000 Life Insurance policy at no cost.

At the time of retirement, employees may also choose a conversion or portability option in order to maintain the life insurance policies they had an an active employee.

Portability
Choose PORT to maintain a GROUP TERM LIFE POLICY.
Coverage available to port: Core Life, AD&D, Additional Life or Dependent Life Insurance.
Employee and spouse must be under age 70.
Coverage reduces to 65% at age 65.
You may port all or just a portion of the coverage you had as an active employee.
Proof of good health is not required.
 
Coversion
Choose CONVERT to change to an INDIVIDUAL LIFE POLICY.
Coverage available for conversion: Core Life, AD&D, Additional Life or Dependent Life Insurance.
Soouse and Child Life can be converted without election of retiree coverage.
Conversion rates are higher than ported coverage.
No coverage or age maximums apply and rates do not increase with age.
Proof of good health is not required.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE:
These options are only available within 31 days from retirement date. If you are interested, please go online for rates and application information right away.
Policy #: 34464
Access Code: manatee
 

ADDITIONAL LONG TERM DISABILITY

Additional Long Term Disability terminates on the last day of work. If an employee is on Long Term Disability and then elects to retire, the employee should contact the local Social Security office and Florida Retirement System regarding the availability and coordination of benefits.


HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS

Retirees and their eligible Dependents enrolled in any retiree Medical Plan may participate in some of the health and lifestyle management programs; however a retiree and covered dependents are not eligible to earn Health Bucks for participation in applicable programs. Refer to the retiree handbook for more info.


457 DEFERRED COMPENSATION

Prior to retirement, an employee with a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan should contact the program representative listed below for information regarding the various options for continuing or withdrawal of funds. Currently, only retirees of the BCC have access to the following 457 Plans.

The Board of County Commissioners sponsors the following 457 Deferred Compensation programs:

See Compensation Programs


COBRA – Federal Continuation of Coverage

COBRA ELIGIBILITY

Per Federal rules, Manatee County Government is required to provide retirees with the opportunity to enroll in COBRA. If you receive this information and are intending on enrolling in the Your Choice Plan or a Medicare Supplement, you may disregard the information.

A Former Employee who does not elect to continue Medical and/or Dental Coverage as a Retiree with Florida Retirement System Benefits, at the time of termination, will be provided the opportunity to continue coverage according to the COBRA Rules. Within 15 days after receiving notification of termination, a certified letter will be sent to the last known address containing information for continuation of coverage under COBRA. The Retiree and/or Dependents must enroll within 60 days of receipt of the certified letter and pay back all premiums in order to continue their Medical and/or Dental coverage.

2019 COBRA Medical Rates
  • Individual Only* $673.24
  • Spouse Only $704.84
  • Child(ren) ** $507.96
  • Individual + Family $1,942.73
2019 COBRA DENTAL Rates
  • Individual Only $34.68
  • Individual +1 $56.10
  • Individual +2/more $ 76.50
 

*Employee or Dependent Child over age 25
**Dependent Child up through age 25
The rate includes a 2% administrative Fee

Refer to pages 26 & 27 of the Retiree Handbook for more information.


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