Open Enrollment for Age 65+ Employees and Retirees is typically available each year between mid-October and early November, with a January 1 effective date. Please call the HR Service Center at 505-277-MyHR (6947) for more information.
For employees hired on or before June 30, 2015, and who are actively participating in VEBA, the University of New Mexico offers eligible 65+ retirees medical benefits, in addition to retirement benefits available under the ERA Defined Benefit plan, or the Alternative Retirement Plan. To access these benefits, a potential retiree must meet the criteria of University Administrative Policy 3600, Section 3.1, and meet VEBA participation and eligibility requirements.
Employees hired on or after July 1, 2015 are not eligible for UNM post-retirement medical and dental benefits.
Retirees who are going to be 65+ at the time of retirement should coordinate enrollment in Part B of Medicare with UNM Benefits. Upon receipt of the Medicare card showing Part A and Part B enrollment, retirees can contact UNM Benefits at 505-277-MyHR (6947) for assistance with enrolling in a UNM-sponsored Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan. All 65+ retirees are responsible for paying 70% of the total medical plan premiums for all medical benefits elected at retirement, when covering themselves and any eligible dependents.
Please review the 2018 65+ Enrollment Guide for details about your UNM 65+ retiree medical plan options.
Medical Insurance Carriers
The University of New Mexico offers the following medical plans to eligible 65+ retirees and their dependents:
In-Network Providers are only in New Mexico
- BCBS HMO Medicare Advantage Plan I (Enhanced) or Plan II (Standard)
- Presbyterian HMO-POS Medicare Advantage Premier Plan or Select Plan
In-Network Providers are in New Mexico and Nationwide
- BlueCross BlueShield PPO Medicare Advantage Plan
- AARP Medicare Supplement Plans “F”, "G" and "N" with "Walgreens", "Preferred” or "Saver Plus" MedicareRx Prescription Drug Plan (PDP)*
If you need to speak with 65+ Medical plan representatives, visit the Resource Page.
*AARP Medicare Supplement Plans F, G and N are available in all US states with the exception of MA, MN, and WI. In those three states, alternate UNM-approved Medicare supplement plans are available as a substitute for Plan F, G or N. UNM’s AARP Medicare Rx “Walgreens”, “Preferred” and “Saver Plus” Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) are available in all US states.
Participants must enroll in both an AARP Medicare Supplement Plan (or the approved alternate plan for MA, MN, and WI) AND a PDP plan concurrently through UNM HR Benefits office, and remain enrolled in BOTH plans to be eligible for the UNM premium contribution, if applicable.
Please Note: Retirees and dependents who are enrolled in an AARP Medicare Supplement Plan and a Medicare PDP and moving to a different state, must contact UnitedHealthcare directly to re-enroll in a Medicare PDP in their new state of residence. UNM Benefits is not able to re-enroll the retiree or dependents(s) in the PDP plan for their new state. Retirees can remain enrolled in a UNM AARP Medicare Supplement Plan (or alternate plan for MA, MN, and WI) when moving from the original state of enrollment to live in other states nationwide.