If I am Medicare eligible when I retire, can I still continue to cover a spouse who is not yet Medicare eligible?

If you meet the minimum criteria to continue group health coverage by virtue of years of service, length of participation in the plan and are in paying status (if you are a TCRS participant), you may continue spouse-only group health coverage if your spouse was covered on your plan when you retired. There cannot be a lapse in coverage. If you do not continue spouse only immediately upon retirement you will not be eligible to add them to coverage at a later date due to a special qualifying event.

If you are enrolled in coverage based upon the eligibility of your deceased spouse, you cannot add your new spouse to coverage if you remarry.

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