Retiree Enrollment

Retirees will receive benefits enrollment materials in the mail from PayFlex. This is your annual opportunity to make changes in your health or dental benefits that will become effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Changes in 2018

  • Retirees under age 65 continue to participate in the same medical insurance as active employees.
  • Medicare retirees (65 and older) will stay with the BlueCross BlueShield Traditional Indemnity plan. 


PayFlex mailed enrollment packets to retirees on Nov. 9, 2017. Retirees should return their change form to PayFlex at the address on the form by Dec. 7, 2017.

If you do not receive your PayFlex packet, contact Human Resources.

Opting Out of Retiree Benefits

A one-time opt-out/opt-in feature was added to the retiree medical plan effective Jan. 1, 2013. Retirees will be allowed to opt-out of retiree medical coverage and preserve future eligibility. The premium subsidy will be locked in at the retiree's rate at the time of opt-out. Retirees may exercise their one-time opt-out option at any point if they have other coverage.

This option may only be used once and current retirees must be enrolled in an OU medical plan as of Dec. 31, 2012 to be eligible. Proof of other coverage must be submitted when the retiree opts out. Retirees who have opted out and wish to return to the OU health plan, have 31 days from the loss of creditable coverage to come back on the OU retiree health plan. To reinstate coverage, a retiree must show proof of continuous coverage for the entire opt-out period to PayFlex or the current vendor. Contact Human Resources for more information or to initiate your opt-out feature.