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UT SELECT and Medicare for Active Employees
In most cases, an active employee or dependent of an active employee enrolled in UT SELECT should enroll in Medicare Part A and decline Parts B and D once eligible, typically at age 65. Once you retire, you and your Medicare-eligible dependent(s) should then enroll in Part B without penalty and continue to waive Part D. In most instances, if you are eligible for Medicare and are working at a UT institution in a benefits-eligible position for at least 20 hours per week, your UT medical plan will be primary for you and your covered dependent, regardless of age, and Medicare will be secondary. Medicare may be primary for some Medicare-eligible active employees with certain medical conditions such as end stage renal disease (ESRD). Consult with your local Social Security Administration office to learn what illnesses qualify for Medicare coverage prior to turning age 65.