New guide clarifies eligibility for OPERS members
Jan. 30, 2017 — Ohio Public Employees Retirement System members in the Traditional Pension Plan and the Combined Plan can qualify for both a pension benefit and access to health care coverage when they retire.
What are the terms of becoming eligible for both? We created a guide that will help current members understand when they will be eligible to receive their pension benefit and sign up for access to health care coverage.
The OPERS Pension & Health Care Eligibility Guide is a reference that will tell you the minimum age and years of service credit you must reach, depending on your retirement group, to qualify for both. The guide applies to all OPERS-covered positions except law enforcement and public safety.
To find out your earliest eligibility date, refer to the chart in the guide. Find your retirement group, consider your age and service time, and whether you’re trying to qualify for an unreduced pension or a reduced pension. Look to the right under the “Am I eligible for health care?” column, and see the answer.
We hope this guide can help answer the question of when our members are first eligible to receive their pension benefit and also have access to health care.