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.
Employees hired on or after July 1, 2015 are not eligible for UNM post-retirement medical and dental benefits.
For employees hired on or before June 30, 2015, 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
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.
Medical Insurance Carriers
The University of New Mexico offers the following medical plans to eligible 65+ retirees and their dependents for 2017:
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 Plan “F” with “Preferred” MedicareRx Prescription Drug Plan (PDP)**
If you need to speak with 65+ Medical plan representatives, visit the Resource Page.
*Formerly known as "Lovelace UNM Medicare Advantage Plans, administered by BlueCross BlueShield of New Mexico"
**AARP Medicare Supplement Plan F is 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. UNM’s AARP Medicare RxPreferred Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) is available in all US states. Participants must enroll in both Plan F (or the approved alternate plan for MA, MN, and WI) and RxPreferred PDP plans concurrently through UNM HR Benefits office, and remain enrolled in both plans to be eligible for the UNM 30% premium contribution, if applicable.
Please Note: Retirees and dependents who are enrolled in the AARP Medicare Supplement Plan F and Medicare RxPreferred PDP must contact United Health Care directly to re-enroll in the Medicare RxPreferred PDP in their new state of residence. UNM Benefits is not able to re-enroll the retiree or dependents(s) in the RxPreferred PDP plan for their new state. Retirees can remain enrolled in the UNM AARP Medicare Supplement Plan F (or alternate plan for MA, MN, and WI) when moving from the original state of enrollment to live in other states nationwide.