General Information

Eligibility

Participation in the Medicare Premium Payment Program (MPPP) is optional. You must decide what is best for your own situation.

Requirements

The CalSTRS Medicare Premium Payment Program is available to eligible members of the Defined Benefit Program whose most recent retirement is prior to July 1, 2012.

The Teachers’ Retirement Board has the authority to extend the retirement eligibility date for the program.

You are eligible if your most recent retirement is before January 1, 2001, and:

  • You must pay a premium for Medicare Part A (hospitalization)
  • You are enrolled in both Medicare Parts A and B

You are eligible if you retired on or after January 1, 2001, but before July 1, 2012, and:

  • You must pay a premium for Medicare Part A (hospitalization)
  • You are enrolled in both Medicare Parts A and B
  • You retired from an employer that has completed a Medicare Division Report
    • If the Medicare Division was completed after January 1, 2001 you must retire during or after the 10-day election period
      • If you were less than 58 years old during the 10-day election period, you must have voted “yes”

CalSTRS can pay and deduct Medicare premiums for CalSTRS members only. Member spouses or beneficiaries are not eligible for the program.

Medicare Division

Employers must conduct a Medicare Division in order for their employees to be eligible for the MPPP. Participating employers are listed in the Medicare Division Report. The Medicare Division:

  • Allows members to make an irrevocable choice to pay the Medicare tax
  • Applies only to CalSTRS members who retired on or after January 1, 2001

If you began receiving a disability allowance and continuously receive it until age 65 or older, you may be eligible for CalSTRS Medicare Premium Payment Program. Contact us to see if you are eligible.

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