Retiree Plans and Program Information

When you retire, your active employee benefits will end on the last day of the month of your retirement. Your retiree benefits start the 1st of month following your retirement date. For example, if you retire on August 1, you will remain in your active employee benefits until August 31 and your UI Retiree plan will begin on September 1. 

Retiring from the university is considered a qualifying event. If you were not on the university health and dental plans, this is your opportunity to sign up for retiree benefits through the university. Retirement as an event also allows you to add and/or remove any dependent(s) to or from your plan.  

On an annual basis, UI retirees participate in an Annual Open Enrollment period beginning in October. You will receive a letter to your home address to notify you of new rates, plan changes and informational sessions that may be available. 

Retiree Health and Dental Plans

  • Retiree health and dental plans
  • Gender Transition - All of the health plans offered through the University of Iowa provide benefits for medically necessary covered services associated with gender transition when ordered by a health professional. Please contact Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield at 800-643-9724 for more information and to discuss the gender transition medical policy. 

How Medicare and Social Security work with UI Plans

Other Benefits

Privacy information and release form

University Benefits must have a privacy release form on file in order to discuss any of your information (insurance plans, coverage levels, etc.) with someone other than yourself. Please fill out the Privacy Information form to add those that we can share information with regarding your benefits.

Government Offices

The information presented on our website describes only the highlights of the plans and does not constitute official plan documents. Additional terms and conditions may apply. If there are any discrepancies between the information contained herein and the official plan documents, the plan documents will govern. For more detailed information you may contact Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield at toll-free number 800-524-9242 (TTY: 888-781-4262), Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time). For more efficient service, please have your member ID number handy - it can be found on the front of your card.