Pinellas County provides medical health insurance to its retirees through United Healthcare.
Group Health Plan coverage is available to all
retirees if you meet the following eligibility requirements:
Domestic Partner Coverage:
Retirees may obtain Group Health Plan coverage for domestic partners (see affidavit form link below). Only the employee portion of the health and/or dental plan premium can be a pre-tax payroll deduction. The portion pertaining to the partner and children of the partner is post-tax.
Effective Date of Coverage:
- Active employee benefits terminate on the last day of the month following your termination date.
- Retiree health benefits will commence on the first day of the following month.
Options for Non-Medicare Eligible Retirees:
As a retiree, you may enroll in the United Healthcare Point of Service (POS) or the Consumer Driven Plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA) if neither you nor any of your covered dependents are Medicare eligible. These are the same choices you had as an active employee.
Non-Medicare United Healthcare Resources:
Non-Medicare retirees can visit United Healthcare at www.myuhc.com to
For more information:
- Contact United Healthcare Member Services for questions on claims or coverage at (888) 478-4752 or by email at Advocate4Me@uhc.com (the contact information is also listed on the back of your ID card).
- Call the free 24-Hour Nurse at (888) 478-4752 for non-emergency health care concerns (the number is also listed on the back of your ID card).
Options for Medicare Eligible Retirees:
When at least one covered family member becomes Medicare eligible (because of age or disability), the Medicare eligible member may enroll in the Medicare Advantage PPO plan. Any non-Medicare eligible family member will be enrolled in the Choice Plus POS plan.
The Medicare Advantage PPO plan is United Healthcare's Medicare replacement plan specifically designed for Pinellas County Government retirees and their dependents. It offers medical, prescription, mental health and vision benefits.
- 2017 Health Plan Rates for Medicare Eligible Retirees
- FAQs: Medicare Advantage PPO Frequently Asked Questions
- Medicare Advantage PPO Plan Guide
- You and your covered dependents are required to enroll in Medicare A and B as soon as eligible.
- Medicare eligibility is not solely based on age.
- If you do not enroll when eligible, you risk incurring greater cost for the coverage from the Social Security Administration.
- If you do not enroll when eligible, you risk losing your coverage through Pinellas County.
- You must notify the Benefits Division at (727) 464-4570 immediately when you or your covered dependent becomes Medicare-eligible.
- Send a copy of the Medicare card to the Benefits Division either by mail (Pinellas County Government, Employee Benefits Division, 400 South Fort Harrison Avenue, 4th Floor, Clearwater, Florida 33756-5113) or by email.
- When electing your Medicare benefits, if you are going to continue your coverage through Pinellas County, DO NOT enroll in Medicare D when it is offered to you. If you enroll in Medicare D, you will lose your health plan coverage under Pinellas County Government. You will not be permitted to enroll back into our plan at a later date.
Medicare Retiree United Healthcare Resources:
Medicare retirees can visit United Healthcare at www.uhcretiree.com to
- Review claims information and health care expenses
- Use myHealthcare Cost Estimator to compare costs for procedures such as an MRI or knee replacement
- Locate providers or hospitals
- View Preventive Care Guidelines
- Personalize your health journey with access to health care tools
- Print temporary ID cards and order ID cards
The United Healthcare Renew Rewards Program offers gift cards for completing health care activities such as your annual physical. To learn more, view the Renew Rewards FAQs or call (888) 219-4602.
For more information:
- Contact United Healthcare Member Services at the toll-free number for Medicare retirees: (800) 457-8506 (number is also listed on the back of your ID card).
- Call the free NurseLine at (877) 365-7949 for non-emergency health care concerns (number is also listed on the back of your ID card).
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is known as HIPAA.
- HIPAA protects plan participants by limiting exclusions for preexisting medical conditions.
- The law also requires plans to adopt Group Health Plan Privacy Practices with regard to employees' confidential medical information.
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