Post-2002, and Digital Retiree Health Programs.
Summary: The confusing term "Pre-2003 HP Medical Program" refers to
the year in which Hewlett-Packard's
US retiree medical
program was redesigned -- not the year you retired.
Regardless of when you retired,
depending on your length of service and other factors,
you may qualify for the US "Pre-2003"
This info is for US only. For countries other than the US,
contact HR for your country:
Worldwide HPI and
HPE Country Contacts
Advice and reference info from
(Updated August 6, 2017.)
This topic is covered in the HPAA's
US Benefits Forum.
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There are three major
retiree medical programs:
- "Post-2002 HP Retiree
Medical Program" -- the current program. Sometimes referred
to by HP as simply the "HP Retiree
- "Pre-2003 HP
Retiree Medical Program" -- applies to those who retired before
2003 and to some who have retired or will retire later. See HP's
- "Former Digital Retiree
How to determine which
program you are on:
1. Look at your paperwork. Examine one of the
letters that describes your coverage, such the one included with your last Annual Enrollment Guide or the letter that came later
confirming your choice. If not indicated in the main heading, look at the tiny type in the bottom left
2. The Benefits Center can look up your program.
HPI and HPE
If you retired in 2003 or later, you may qualify for the Pre-2003
is a copy of HP's official table (received from HP on
19, 2014. Verified with HPI
as still valid July 2017.)
Use Ctrl-F or F3 on your keyboard to search the table for specific
terms like "EDS" "Compaq" or "Digital."
You qualify for only one program.
Pre-2003 HP Retiree Medical Program
The Pre-2003 HP Retiree Medical Program applies if you
satisfy all of the following criteria:
- You have been employed by HP continuously since December
- You had 62 or more age-plus-service “points” as of
December 31, 2005;
- You were within five years of satisfying the program’s
eligibility requirements as of June 30, 2007 (meaning you
were age 50 or older with at least 10 years of qualifying HP
- You retire from a benefits-eligible status at age 55 or
later with at least 15 years of qualifying HP service. If
you’re leaving HP on or after January 1, 2011, you can also
qualify if you satisfy all of the above criteria and retire
from a benefits-eligible status with at least 80
For purposes of determining qualifying HP service under this
program, service for pre-merger Compaq*** employees is
counted starting January 1, 2003 and does not include
You may also be eligible for this program if you were part
of an acquisition or other transaction where eligibility was
agreed to as part of that transaction. If this is the case,
you would have been notified separately of your eligibility
HP Retiree Medical Program["Post-2002"]
The HP Retiree Medical Program can apply if you meet any one
or more of the following criteria:
- You were newly hired or rehired by HP on or after January
1, 2003—this includes most HP Enterprise Services employees;
- You were age 45 or older and paid on the former Compaq
payroll as of December 31, 2002;
- You had fewer than 62 age-plus-service “points” as of
December 31, 2005; or
- You were more than five years from satisfying eligibility
criteria under the Pre-2003 HP Retiree Medical Program as of
June 30, 2007, meaning you had not reached age 50 or did not
yet have 10 years of qualifying HP service at that time
(note that this includes most other pre-merger Compaq***
employees, since service for pre-merger Compaq employees
under the Pre-2003 HP Retiree Medical Program was counted
starting January 1, 2003 and did not include pre-merger
To qualify, you must retire from a benefits-eligible status
after satisfying at least one of the following age-service
- At age 55 or later with at least 10 years of qualifying
- If you’re leaving HP on or after January 1, 2011, with at
least 80 age-plus-service “points”.
For this purpose, service for former EDS employees generally
includes prior EDS service if you were employed by EDS on
August 26, 2008. Service for pre-merger Compaq employees
also includes pre-merger service if you were employed by
Compaq on May 3, 2002.
Additional eligibility notes
Pre-merger Compaq employees who were age 45 or older on
December 31, 2002, and were within five years of qualifying
for the Pre-2003 HP Retiree Medical Program on June 30,
2007, can qualify for the HP Retiree Medical Program or the
Pre-2003 HP Retiree Medical Program, but not both.
You are not eligible for this program if you previously
retired under the Pre-2003 HP Retiree Medical Program or the
former Digital Retiree Health Program and you are
subsequently rehired by HP (see “If you are rehired by HP
following your retirement” later in this section).
Former Digital Retiree Health Program
The former Digital Retiree Health Program applies if you are
a pre-merger Compaq*** employee and you met all of the
following criteria as of February 28,1999:
- You were an active Compaq U.S. employee eligible for
- You were being paid from the payroll systems of the former
Digital Equipment Corporation; and
- You were at least age 50 with at least five years of
vesting service under the Compaq Computer Corporation Cash
Account Pension Plan (CAPP).
To qualify, you must leave HP in a benefits-eligible status
at age 55 or later with at least 10 years of vesting service
under CAPP (or at age 65 or later, regardless of service, if
your most recent hire date is before January 1, 1994).
* You may also be considered eligible for retiree medical benefits
if you are subject to an HP workforce reduction program and
terminate employment within one year of satisfying the age and
service requirements outlined in this chart.
** For this purpose, your age and service were determined as of June
30, 2007 without any rounding. For example, you were considered to
be age 50 only if you were born on or before June 30, 1957.
*** With respect to retiree medical coverage, the term “pre-merger
Compaq employee” refers only to an individual who was employed by
Compaq as of May 3, 2002, the date of the merger with HP.
Individuals who were previously employed by Compaq, Tandem, or
Digital, but who were not employed by Compaq as of May 3, 2002, are
not considered “pre-merger Compaq employees,” nor is their service
with Compaq (or Tandem or Digital) considered qualifying service
under the retiree medical programs.