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Health Benefits for Retirees

open enrollment

  • Open Enrollment is from 8/1/2021 through 8/31/2021; elections effective 10/1/2021.

  • Response REQUIRED for Continued Enrollment. If form is not returned by 8/31/2021, your benefits will end 9/30/2021.

    • For Retirees 65+ with dependents enrolled on a different Medical plan than yours, you may notice you and your dependents each received a packet and form. A response is required from each member (retiree and dependents) when enrolled on different Medical plans. Dental plan enrollment must be the same for retiree and dependents, so you may respond with your Dental election on just the retiree form.

  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, there will be no workshop this year.

    • Completed forms may be:

      1)     Mailed to: 
              Newport-Mesa USD Benefits Management
              2985 Bear Street, Building A
              Costa Mesa, CA 92626


      2)     Dropped off in the District Lobby beginning 8/2/2021.
      No unscheduled meeting with the Benefits Management team will be available. 

  • Call or email the Benefits Management team with questions or to schedule a virtual appointment. Tel: 714-424-5010. Email:



  1. If you belong to NMFT or CSEA, review your Bargaining Unit Contract.   If you belong to NMAA, NMAA Confidential, or Supervisors, review pertinent eligibility under the rules and regulation section regarding retiree health benefits.

  2. Review the Benefits Management Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Retirement Health Benefits. Use this as your check off list of things to do. Check the resources tab on this page.

  3. If retiring over age 65, review other health benefit options. Check the resources tab on this page.

  4. View  rates charts for Under 65  and Over 65 plans.  Also note: rates and plans are subject to change each Open Enrollment. Rates for the following year will not be posted until the month of August after negotiations and contract approval.

  5. Retiring at the end of the school year
    If you are in paid status on the last day of the school year, your benefits will continue through September 30 of that same year. Benefits Management will send a health benefit retirement letter to you during the summer. The letter will explain how to continue your benefits and will include the rate chart showing your monthly premiums beginning October.

  6. Retiring during the school year
    Benefits Management will send a health benefit retirement letter to you during your retirement month. The letter will explain how to continue your benefits and how to pay any premiums due once you retire.

  7. Retirement Income Benefit
    Contact STRS or PERS directly for information on your retirement income benefits.
    Calpers Website Phone: 888 CalPERS (or 888-225-7377)
    Calstrs Website Phone: 800-228-5453 (or 916-414-1099)

Third Party Administrator -  

Retiree Direct Bill Contact:

WEX Discovery Benefits, Inc.

PO Box 2079

Omaha, NE 68103-20079

Member Services:

Phone - (866) 451-3399

Email - 

Registration Website

select "New user registration" Have your Registration Code available. 

To access mobile app, search for COBRA direct bill by WEX in your app store