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Surviving Spouse/Dependent Health Benefit

The Retired Employees Health Program (REHP) is NOT a SERS program, but a program administered by the Office of AdministrationSERS provides the following REHP information solely as a service to its members.  The information is NOT intended to be all-inclusive, but general and is subject to change.

Eligibility for REHP (based on your years of credited service and age at retirement) and any associated premium costs are subject to collective bargaining.   For the specific rules and exceptions that may apply to you, consult your collective bargaining agreement or contact the HR Service Center* at 1.866.377.2672.    Please note that the Commonwealth retains the right to modify the benefits provided under the REHP at any time, regardless of your date of retirement.  While your retirement counselor can answer questions regarding your eligibility for the REHP, questions about the REHP medical or prescription plans should be directed to the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF).


*Employees who work at the Liquor Control Board, Office of the Attorney General, Gaming Control Board, Public Utility Commission, Auditor General and all other agencies not under the Governor’s jurisdiction should contact their local HR office for assistance.

If you or your dependent’s health coverage ends due to certain reasons, the REHP may continue dependent health benefit coverage for a limited period of time.

Death of Retiree: Your enrolled survivor spouse/domestic partner may continue REHP coverage on a direct pay basis.  Your spouse/domestic partner can continue coverage for the remainder of their life, as long as they continue to pay the monthly premium.  Dependent children may continue coverage under COBRA.  This benefit is limited to 36 months.  Upon notification of your death, your enrolled dependents will receive information from the PEBTF regarding the cost of coverage.

Dependent no longer eligible for coverage: If a dependent is no longer eligible for coverage due to divorce/termination of coverage or upon reaching age 26 (dependent children), he/she may continue coverage under COBRA.  Upon notification that your dependent is no longer eligible, your dependent will receive information from the PEBTF regarding the cost of coverage. 


Last published: 02/12/2014 09:53 AM