Medicare Information for Retirees

Annuitants and certain individuals on subsidized extended coverage age 65 or older who wish to pay subsidized rates for health insurance premiums must enroll in the Medicare Advantage (MA) PPO Standard or Premium option offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa).  See Plan Documents for rate resolutions and annuitant subsidy policies.

Learn more about SHBP’s Medicare Policy. - Updated 02/22/16

  • To obtain more information about the SHBP MA PPO Plans, contact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia at 855-322-7060.

Annuitants and other former employees continuing coverage atage 65 and older may choose to enroll in any other non-MA option offered by SHBP but will pay 100 percent of the cost of the coverage.

To Enroll in Medicare

Visit or call Medicare.

  • Toll-Free:                     1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
  • TTY Users:                  Call 1-877-486-2048 to speak with a Customer Service Representative

After Medicare Enrollment, Contact SHBP

Call, fax or mail a copy of your Medicare Part A, B and/or D information to SHBP:

  • Toll-Free: 800-610-1863  (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET)
  • Secure Fax #: 866-828-4796
  • Mail: State Health Benefit Plan, P.O. Box 1990, Atlanta, Georgia 30301-1990

If you are electing another option, this information should be provided when calling, faxing or mailing your Medicare information.

NOTE: If faxing or mailing, please be sure to write the retiree's name and Social Security number on the copy to SHBP.

Things to remember when you become eligible for Medicare

If you elect not to enroll in one of the SHBP MA PPO Standard or Premium plan options, you will not be able to pay a subsidized premium for your health insurance.  In this case, you will pay the entire cost of your SHBP coverage.

If you choose a non-MA PPO option, by federal law, Medicare will be your primary coverage/payer and SHBP will be secondary. You will still be responsible for any applicable co-payments (co-insurance) and deductibles under your SHBP plan option.

In most cases, there is no advantage to being covered by two health insurance plans.