The Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 946 in the 2019 Session. This bill provides for the following new programs for State retirees eligible for a prescription drug benefit plan under Medicare in the event the outcome of Fitch v. State of Maryland is found in favor of the State. Plaintiffs in that case are asking the court to maintain the State’s current prescription drug benefits available to this group of retirees.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EARLIEST THESE NEW PROGRAMS COULD BE IMPLEMENTED IS JANUARY 1, 2021. YOU WILL CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CURRENT PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE PLAN WHILE THE FITCH V. STATE OF MARYLAND LAWSUIT IS BEING ADJUDICATED.
The Department of Budget and Management is providing the following clarifications regarding eligibility requirements for the various prescription drug programs created by Senate Bill 946. Employees may continue to work through December 31, 2019, before retiring in order to be eligible for the Maryland State Retiree Prescription Drug Coverage Program.
must separate from all employment with any participating employer on or before
Retirement Agency must receive your properly completed retirement application
package on or before January 31, 2020.
You submit to the
Retirement Agency an Application for an Estimate of Service Retirement
Allowance as soon as possible.
Please note that it typically takes 3 – 4
weeks between the Retirement Agency’s receipt of your estimate application and
your receipt, via the mail, of your Notice of Retirement Allowance
Estimate. Therefore, it is important that you submit your estimate request
to the Retirement Agency as soon as possible. You can obtain the Application
for an Estimate of Service Retirement Allowance from the Retirement
Coordinator at your employer or it can be downloaded from the Retirement
Agency’s website at www.sra.maryland.gov.
You should carefully
review all of the retirement allowance options on your Notice of
Retirement Allowance Estimate and determine which best meets your
financial needs, including health insurance coverages for you and your eligible
completed retirement application package includes:
for Service Retirement;
Please note that the Retirement Coordinator at
your employer must complete several items on the Application for
Service Retirement. Therefore, it is important that you not wait until the last
minute to meet with your Retirement Coordinator. Your properly completed
retirement application package must be received by the Retirement
Agency on or before January 31, 2020.
Deposit – Electronic Funds Transfer Sign-up Form;
A Federal and
Maryland State Tax Withholding Request form; and
A proof of birth date
document for your beneficiary if you elected retirement allowance option 2, 3,
5, or 6.
If you have retirement
questions, you may make an appointment to see or talk to a specialist. Visit
the Agency’s website at sra.maryland.gov, or call 410-625-5555 or
1-800-492-5909 to speak to a representative or make an appointment.
45 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
300-301 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Toll Free (800) 705-3493