Medicare is a federal health insurance program regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees Medicare eligibility and enrollment.

Medicare Resources

Active employees and/or their spouses/domestic partners who become Medicare eligible at age 65 and are currently enrolled in one of the CSU group health plans may enroll in the  Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) but should defer enrollment in Medicare Part B. For more information, please visit the CalPERS Health & Medicare page.  (See Special Enrollment Period on the Social Security website)

If retired, at age 65, by law, you must enroll in both Part A (hospital) and Part B (medical) of Medicare in order to maintain your eligibility for health benefits under CalPERS. Enrollment is not automatic, and the retiree must contact Social Security directly for enrollment information.

Note: FERPs are retired, and therefore must enroll themselves and/or their 65-year-old spouses/domestic partners in Medicare.

The Evidence of Coverage Publications for the Medicare Health Plan Supplements can be found on CalPERS Plans and Rates.