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All staff and faculty members, enrolled in a JCCC medical plan option, who retire with ten (10) or more years of KPERS-eligible service with the College and have attained age fifty-five (55) or older shall be eligible to continue participation in the JCCC medical insurance program for a period of ten (10) years or until such member reaches Medicare eligibility, whichever occurs first. The retired staff or faculty member will pay the entire medical premium plus an administrative fee for the single-subscriber, two-party, or full-family coverage, as applicable.

A retiring staff or faculty member shall be eligible to continue his/her election for single, two-party, or full-family medical plan coverage. He/she shall be entitled to participate in subsequent medical plan open enrollments with the stipulation that any increase in premium and/or in the level of coverage from single-subscriber to two-party or to full-family shall be at his/her individual expense. The College shall reserve the right, in its sole discretion, to designate in which medical plan option(s) a retiree may enroll.

All retiree medical plan coverage shall cease at the time the retiree reaches Medicare eligibility. If dependent coverage is carried, the dependent coverage shall cease when, the dependent is no longer eligible for coverage or the dependent reaches Medicare eligibility or the retiree reaches Medicare eligibility, whichever occurs first.

A retiring staff or faculty member who does not participate in a JCCC medical plan option or other healthcare option at the time of his/her retirement shall not be eligible to participate in a College-provided healthcare plan option at a later date. Similarly, if a retiring staff or faculty member elects to participate in a JCCC medical plan option or other healthcare option at the time of his/her retirement and subsequently discontinues healthcare plan participation, he/she shall not be eligible to re-enroll in a healthcare option at a later date.

The healthcare plan coverage provided herein, may not be converted to cash or other benefits