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Retiree Benefits

​​​​DePaul supports its retirees through a variety of benefits including the Retiree Medical Program. Find the latest news and updates on retiree benefits on this page. You can also find information about how to prepare for and transition into retirement from DePaul.

COVID-19 Test Coverage

OTC COVID-19 Test Coverage by HMO and PPO Plans

DePaul’s medical plan pharmacy benefits, which are provided through BCBSIL/Prime Therapeutics, cover FDA-authorized over-the-counter diagnostic tests for COVID-19. Per federal guidance, this coverage began Jan. 15, 2022, and is effective through the end of the federal public health emergency. 

For retirees enrolled in DePaul's HMO or PPO plan, you will be reimbursed up to $12 per test, up to 8 tests every 30 days per person. (For example, you can purchase 4 boxes that include 2 over-the-counter COVID-19 tests.) Tests must be FDA-authorized. If you aren’t sure if a test kit is FDA-authorized, ask your pharmacist for help. 


You can go to a Prime network pharmacy and purchase tests at the store’s pharmacy counter. The pharmacy should process the test through your pharmacy insurance at no cost to you. If you have to pay out of pocket for the test, you can file a claim to receive reimbursement for up to $12 per test. Click here for the reimbursement request form and instructions. 

For MAPD members, tests are not covered under Medicare at this time. However, every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests regardless of health coverage. Visit www.covidtests.gov to order and receive these tests by mail.


COVID-19 Test Coverage through MDLIVE for PPO Plan

Retirees enrolled in DePaul's PPO plan who obtain a virtual care visit through MDLIVE also have access to COVID-19 testing. If their MDLIVE provider deems that a test is medically appropriate upon completion of a virtual care visit, the MDLIVE provider will order a test. Find details here about COVID-19 testing through MDLIVE.


News for Retiree Medical Program Members

Premium Payments for Retiree PPO and HMO Plans
On June 1, 2021, HealthEquity/WageWorks became the direct bill administrator for Retiree PPO and Retiree HMO plans. This change only impacts where you send your payments and is not changing current health plan offerings and or coverage eligibility. All current members were mailed details regarding this change; click here for the letter. Additional information will be sent by WageWorks (which is a part of HealthEquity) in May 2021. Note: For any payments received by the Benefits Department at DePaul University for months after June 2021, we will coordinate submission with HealthEquity/WageWorks, so that your HealthEquity/WageWorks records reflect that payment.

Premium Payments for Medicare Advantage Plan
For retirees in the Medicare Advantage Plan, you should continue to make monthly premium payments directly to BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) as you have been – there is no change to their process for the time being. Medicare Advantage Plan bills for 2021 will be sent out each month on the 15th.



Retiree Medical Program

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Learn more about medical benefits as a retiree, including latest updates and information. 

Preparing for Retirement

Figure out when you will qualify for retirement and find answers to common questions. 

Transition into Retirement

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Find out which benefit options continue as a retiree and how to stay connected to DePaul.


Stay Connected through the DePaul Emeritus Society 

DePaul University values the important and continuing contributions of its retired faculty and staff. The DePaul Emeritus Society (DES) strengthens ties between the university and its retirees, and fosters their continued participation in the DePaul University community. Find more information at the DePaul Emeritus Society website. In May 2021, DES members received a benefits update presentation; click here to review this presentation.


For questions about retiree health benefits, to update your contact information, or to inquire about any other Human Resources issues, please contact Human Resources at (312) 362-8232 or hrbenefits@depaul.edu.