If you are preparing to retire soon. Click here to view/download a pamphlet containing important information and forms to prepare.

If you are planning to retire shortly- ---Contact Social Security office three months before you or a dependent turns 65 to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B.

As a retiree, you must have Medicare Parts A and B in effect on the first day of the month in which you reach 65. Although Medicare allows you to enroll up to three months after your 65th birthday, NYSHIP REQUIRES YOU TO HAVE MEDICARE PARTS A AND B IN EFFECT ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH IN WHICH YOU REACH 65.

If you do not apply three months before your birthday, you will have a waiting period before Medicare becomes effective. During that waiting period, you will have a gap in coverage that may be very costly.

Visit the State Comptroller's website, retirement section for the latest information and forms to download. http://www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/index.htm

The following Social Security web site is helpful for retirement planning. www.ssa.gov/estimator

The Govenment of Employee Relations has an excellent page for pre-retirement planinng. www.worklife.ny.gov/preretirement/index.html

For those of you who wish to calculate the value of sick leave credit for different amounts of accrued sick leave click here to view/download this pamphlet.

Retired Public Employees Association Inc. (RPEA) has a worthwhile website for those planning for retirement as well as current retirees. Access is provided to up-to-date information. Useful details such as how different states tax NYS pension benefits and other income after retirement is posted. http://www.rpea.org/

Click here to read pamphlet with important warning regarding medicare inpatient/outpatient billing.