UC provides Medicare-eligible retirees and their families who live outside California a Medicare Coordinator program, administered by Via Benefits (formerly OneExchange).

This program offers retirees:

  • Choice: more local plans, including Kaiser, where available
  • Value: plans to fit every budget
  • Flexibility: each family member can choose a plan to meet his/her needs
  • Personalized support from Via Benefits

Plus, UC provides a maximum annual contribution of $3,000 under an HRA — health reimbursement arrangement — to pay for the Medicare plan. In most cases, the HRA funds will cover the cost of the premiums as well as some additional out-of-pocket costs and Medicare Part B premiums. If Medicare-eligible family members — such as a spouse or domestic partner — are covered, UC will contribute $3,000 to the HRA for each of them also. The HRA contribution is subject to graduated eligibility rules.

To be eligible for this program, retirees and all covered family members must:

  • Be eligible for and enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B
  • Live outside California
  • Be eligible for UC retiree health insurance

To assist retirees, UC has retained Via Benefits, a specialist in helping retirees choose individual Medicare plans and providing support after enrollment, including help with coverage, claims and network questions. UC remains committed to providing your retiree health benefits and believes this arrangement with Via Benefits provides you with improved benefits and service.

This enrollment process occurs annually in the fall, usually from September through December. Those who become eligible for Medicare during the year will enroll in a UC-sponsored group plan for the rest of the current plan year and then enroll in an individual plan through Via Benefits for the following year.

If you’re joining this program for the first time in 2019 and haven’t yet made an appointment with Via Benefits, call them now at 1-855-359-7381 to be sure you’re enrolled in a new plan for 2019. You may enroll during your special enrollment period: Oct. 15–Dec. 31. Your UC group plan ends on Dec. 31, 2018. If you delay, you could be subject to medical underwriting which may affect your premium and/or coverage.

If you’re already enrolled, you can change plans during the Medicare Open Enrollment period that is open now through Dec. 7. Watch your mail for information from your current plan and Via Benefits. If you’re happy with the plan you have, you don’t need to take any action.


If you have questions, contact Via Benefits at 1-855-359-7381 (TTY: 711) Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Or go online at my.viabenefits.com/uc