- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 39. Public Officers and Employees
- Chapter 35. Public Employees' Retirement System of Alaska
- Section 870. Eligibility for Retirement and Medical Benefits.
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AS 39.35.870. Eligibility for Retirement and Medical Benefits.
- (a) In order to obtain medical benefits under AS 39.35.880 , an active member must retire directly from the plan. A member
is eligible to retire from the plan if the member has been an active member for at least 12 months before application for retirement and
- (1) the member has at least 25 years of membership service as a peace officer or fire fighter or at least 30
years of membership service for all other employees; or
- (2) the member reaches the normal retirement age and has at least 10 years of membership service.
- (b) The normal retirement age is the age set for Medicare eligibility at the time the member retires.
- (c) A member's surviving spouse is eligible to elect medical benefits under AS 39.35.880 if the member had retired, or was eligible for retirement and
medical benefits at the time of the member's death.
- (d) Members shall apply for retirement and medical benefits on the forms and in the manner prescribed by the administrator.
- (e) Participation in the retiree major medical insurance plan is not required in order to participate in the
health reimbursement arrangement.
- (f) A person eligible for retirement and medical benefits is not required to participate in the health
reimbursement arrangement in order to participate in the retiree major medical insurance plan.
- (g) An eligible person must make the irrevocable election to participate or not participate in the retiree major
medical insurance plan by reaching 70 1/2 years of age, or upon application for retirement and medical benefits, whichever is later.
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