The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives workers and their families who lose their benefits the right to choose to continue group benefits provided by their group plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances such as voluntary or involuntary job loss. 
    COBRA coverage starts the 1st day of the month after employment ends, and extends up to 18 months for the employee and 36 months for dependents. The insurance premiums plus a 2% administrative fee, will be at your expense. Payments are due monthly. 
    Our COBRA provider Discovery Benefits will send you all the information you need about COBRA including:
    *Important Dates
    *Payment Coupons
    *Options for dependent changes
    *Open Enrollment Information
    Eligibility for benefits:  15 years of service, the last 5 years were consecutive, and must have already reached the age of 55
    Employees who do not meet all of those qualifications, are only eligible for COBRA.
    Employees who have reached their 65th birthday, are eligible for Medicare. Therefore, will not be offered District provided medical coverage. Any dependents on your coverage when you retire, will be eligible for COBRA.
    Upon the month of retirement, you will receive a letter from the benefits dept. with basic information pertaining to your plans.It will give you important details about your current coverage, and what to expect closer to your retirement date. 
    After your official last day, our retirement provider, Discovery Benefits will send you important information you need for Retirement including:
    *Important Dates
    *Payment Coupons
    *Options for dependent changes
    *Open Enrollment Information
    Please refer to your Collective Bargaining Agreement for more specific details about retirement benefits.  
    Contact Information for Retirement: 
     CALSTRS Contact information:
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 15275 Sacramento, CA 95851-0275
    Customer Service Phone Number: 1-800-228-5453
    Centralized Fax Number: 1-916-414-5040
    CALPERS Contact Information: 
    7676 Hazard Center Drive Ste 350
    San Diego, CA  92108
    Office Open Mon- Fri 8:00 - 5:00
    Call for appointment 1-888-225-7377
    For any questions, please contact  at (619)258-2313 or email ramon.martinez@santeesd.net
Last Modified on April 4, 2018