Retiree Health Insurance - Clerical & Technical, Service & Maintenance, and Security

Yale is committed to offering comprehensive pre-and post-65 healthcare coverage to retirees and eligible dependents.

Eligibility for retiree healthcare coverage is defined as follows:

  • Age 55 or greater,
  • and the sum of age and vested service is greater than or equal to 75 (e.g., age 55 and 20 years of vested service, or age 60 and 15 years of vested service); or
  • age 65 (with 10 years of credited service) or;

Retirees and their spouses who are not Medicare eligible at the time of retirement can continue to participate in the same medical plans that are offered to active employee.

Retirees and their spouses eligible for Medicare (age 65 or Social Security defined disability) at the time of retirement must enroll in Medicare Parts A and B. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare and issues guidelines for the program, requires timely enrollment in Medicare Parts A and B.  Retirees must be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B in order to enroll in a Yale Medicare plan.Retirees can contact Social Security Administration to enroll in Medicare 90 days prior their 65th birthday, date of Medicare eligibility, or their retirement date by calling 800-772-1213 or by visiting the Social Security website.

Yale offers retirees and their spouses two Medicare plan options

Aetna Medicare Extended Service Area (ESA) Open Access Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan:

  • The ESA plan allows you to see any provider who participates in the Medicare program, including Yale Health (if you were enrolled in Yale Health before retiring).; or,
  • Aetna Medicare Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan.

The Medicare Advantage (PPO) plan provides access to in-network and out-of-network providers, except for Yale Health which is excluded from this plan’s network and cannot be accessed as an out-of-network provider.

Both Medicare plans include an Aetna Medicare prescription drug plan (PDP) benefit. 

C&T, S&M, and Security employees employed prior to January 19, 1992, who retire with ten years of credited service may be eligible to receive a subsidy for part or all of their health insurance.  The University will contribute 100% of the same amount that it would contribute if the staff member continued to be employed by the University.

For retirees who were employed on or after January 19, 1992 with 10 but less than 20 years of credited service on the date of retirement, the University will contribute 80% of the same amount that it would contribute if the staff member continued to be employed by the University.

For retirees employed on or after January 20, 2013, the University will contribute according to the following schedule based on years of service on the date of retirement.

Service in Years

Age less than 60

Age 60 or greater

1 - 9

Not Eligible

Not Eligible

10 - 14

Not Eligible


15 - 19

Not Eligible


20 - 24



25 - 29



30 or more



Retirees and their spouses over the age of 65 (hired prior to January 20, 2013) will be eligible to receive a reimbursement in the amount of 100% of the premium paid for their Medicare Part B insurance. Proof of enrollment in Medicare Part A & B is required to initiate this payment.

Please refer to the Financial and Benefits Planning for Retirement checklist for additional retirement resources.

If you have further questions regarding retiree medical benefits, please contact an Employee Services representative by phone at 203-432-5552 or send an e-mail to