This medical plan is a complement to your Medicare Parts A and B, and you must receive services from Medicare providers. 

It is offered to those who have Medicare-coordinated health insurance that covers prescription drugs through a non-UC plan (another employer or former employer). You may enroll in this plan if:

  1. All covered members are enrolled in Medicare, and
  2. Documentation of enrollment in a group health insurance plan that covers prescription drugs is provided. (Coverage cannot be a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan.)

For enrollment information, contact the UC Retirement Administration Service Center (800-888-8267).

2017 changes: Anthem Blue Cross has replaced Blue Shield of California as the administrator of medical and behavioral health benefits for UC's PPO plans (including UC Medicare PPO without prescription drugs). For more information, see our transition checklist.

ID cards

Anthem Blue Cross has begun mailing 2017 ID cards. You may also print a copy of your ID card from the Anthem website or call Anthem (844-437-0486) to request your ID number.

How the plan works

  • You can choose any Medicare doctor or hospital you wish; providers who accept Medicare assignment cost less.
  • Medicare pays benefits first. Then this plan calculates benefits on the Medicare allowable amount, less what Medicare paid.
  • Benefits not covered by Medicare but covered by the plan are reimbursed at 80% of customary and reasonable charges. See your plan booklet for details.
  • If your provider does not accept Medicare assignment, they can bill you for up to 15% over the Medicare allowable rate.
  • Behavioral health benefits are provided by Anthem Blue Cross and Medicare. Beginning in 2017, members will be covered for outpatient services not covered by Medicare from all in- and out-of-network licensed behavioral health providers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, MFTs and MFCCs. Please check with your providers to be sure they are available under this plan.

Best fit for you if:

  • You have Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage through another employer’s retiree medical plan
  • You want direct access to Medicare providers without need for referrals
  • You are willing to pay variable costs per service

Plan costs

Click for retiree plan costs chart