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Health Benefits Retirement for Employees Over Age 55


Q. How do I continue health benefits if I am 55 or older when I leave County employment?
A. If you are at least age 55 at the time you leave County employment and have completed the required minimum number of years of County service, you may be eligible to receive health benefits as if you had retired. This “retirement for health benefit purposes” can be done even though you have not retired in the State pension system and you plan to continue working outside Nassau County.
Q. How do I retire for health benefits purposes?
A. Contact your department Human Resources Representative for the necessary forms, which will be submitted to Comptroller’s Health Benefits Unit.
Q. How much do I pay for health benefits when I retire for health benefits purposes?
A. Under current practice, the County will continue to pay for your health benefits at the contribution level in effect on the date you separated from service. For union members hired since 1976 and for ordinance employees hired before January 1, 2002, the County will continue to assume 100% of the cost of your NYSHIP health benefits. For ordinance employees hired on or after January 1, 2002, the County will continue to assume 90% of the cost of family health benefits and 95% of the cost of individual health benefits under the NYSHIP program. In 2012, ordinance retirees who are part of NYSHIP, and contribute towards their health benefits, and are not eligible for Medicare will pay $156.28 a month for family coverage and $35.64 a month for individual coverage. Please note that these rates are subject to change.
Q. What are the minimum requirements for becoming a health benefits retiree?
A. Depending on your union or employment contract, date of employment and age at retirement you must have completed a minimum number of years of County service, to be eligible to retire with health benefits. See schedule below:
10 Years and Age 55: CSEA (except probation officers) or IPBA hired on or after August 22, 2003
Ordinance hired on or after August 21, 2008
20 Years : PBA
No age requirement SOA
DAI
25 Years ShOA
No age requirement Probation Officers
5 years and Age 55: CSEA hired prior to August 22, 2003
Ordinance hired prior to August 21, 2008
Q. Does prior public service count for calculating the years of County service?
A. It depends on your union and your date of hire.
You need at least five years of employment by NY State or a municipal subdivision, at least one year of which must be actual County employment if you are:
CSEA hired prior to August 22, 2003
Ordinance hired prior to August 21, 2008
PBA
SOA
DAI
ShOA

You need at least ten years of employment by the State or a municipal subdivision, at least five years of which must be actual County employment if you are:
Ordinance hired on or after August 21, 2008
You need at least ten years of actual County employment and prior public service is not considered if you are:
CSEA or IPBA hired on or after August 22, 2003
Q. Who determines whether I have prior public service?
A. Prior public service credit is calculated by your department’s Human Resources Representative and approved by the Comptroller’s Office. Please speak with your department Human Resources Representative to discuss whether you are entitled to prior public service credit and have not yet received it.