How Do You Pay for Your Health Plan?


The monthly cost of being enrolled in a healthcare plan is called a “premium.” Premiums for medical, dental, and vision coverage are based on the plan and coverage level you select. 

Paying Group Plan Costs 

Your monthly premiums (yours and any dependents you enroll) will be deducted from your monthly retirement allowance. If you’re eligible for the Monthly Medical Allowance and dental and vision subsidies, you’ll see your subsidies added in same pension check. When you seek services or purchase prescription drugs, you will be responsible for paying copays out of pocket.

Paying Individual Plan Costs

You will make payments directly to your insurance carrier. To set up an automatic monthly payment for the plan directly to the insurance carrier from your bank account, simply call Via Benefits at 1-888-427-8730 even if you’re in a non-California Kaiser Permanente medical plan. If you are eligible for ACERA’s Monthly Medical Allowance, ACERA will fund a tax-free Health Reimbursement Account up to the amount you are eligible for. You can also set up an automatic reimbursement to your bank account.

For more information on receiving reimbursements, read the Making Your Via Benefits Reimbursements Easier Flyer.