Healthcare and Other Benefits

Overview

In addition to your vested (guaranteed) benefits, ACERA offers retirees a range of non-guaranteed (non-vested) benefits. The levels of these benefits are reviewed each year by the Board of Retirement, are based on the availability of reserve funds, and may be reduced or eliminated at any time. Because the Board tries to keep these reserve funds sustainable, eligibility requirements for these benefits are also subject to change.

The current eligibility requirements are listed in the table, and you may want to consider these eligibility requirements in your retirement planning.

Eligibility Requirements for Non-Guaranteed Retiree Benefits

Benefit Years of ACERA Service Credit Who is Eligible?
Monthly Medical Allowance 10 years, 15 years, 20 years for different levels of benefits*
  • Retiree only
Medicare Part B Reimbursement Plan 10 years*
  • Retiree only
Dental Plan Subsidy 10 years*
  • Retiree only
Vision Plan Subsidy 10 years*
  • Retiree only
Supplemental COLA No minimum years of service credit, but must
lose 15% of original buying power
$1000 Lump Sum Death Benefit No minimum years of service credit. This benefit is paid out of the SRBR and is considered vested while funds are available.

* Benefit Eligibility With Service-Connected Disability Retirement

If you apply for and are awarded a service-connected disability retirement, you will be eligible to receive the Monthly Medical Allowance at the 20-year level, the Medicare Part B Reimbursement Plan, the Dental Subsidy, and the Vision Subsidy regardless of years of service credit at retirement.

Family Members and Healthcare Benefits

Retirees may enroll family members in ACERA healthcare plans. Survivors of ACERA retirees may maintain their enrollment in ACERA healthcare plans after the death of the retiree. One thing to note is that while family members and survivors can be enrolled, the healthcare subsidies described in the chart above can only be paid to offset the cost of the retiree’s healthcare coverage, not the family members or survivors.

Reciprocal Service Doesn’t Count Toward the Service Credit Requirement

When planning your retirement, it’s important to understand that reciprocal service credit does not count toward the service credit required to be eligible for the benefits in the table above. Reciprocal service credit is service credit you earned working for another public agency in California before or after your active membership with ACERA, and where you’ve linked the retirement systems together by establishing reciprocity.