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Pre-2003, 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" program.

 

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 members. (Updated August 6, 2017.) 
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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 Medical Program"

- "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 table below.
- "Former Digital Retiree Health Program."

 

How to determine which program you are on:

 

1. Look at your paperwork. Examine one of the personalized 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 corner.

2. The Benefits Center can look up your program.  HPI and HPE Benefits Centers

 

If you retired in 2003 or later, you may qualify for the Pre-2003 program. Here is a copy of HP's official table (received from HP on June 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. 

 

Eligibility requirements*

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 31, 2002;

- 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 service)**; and

- 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 age-plus-service “points”.

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 pre-merger service.

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 to participate.

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 Compaq service).

To qualify, you must retire from a benefits-eligible status after satisfying at least one of the following age-service combinations:

- At age 55 or later with at least 10 years of qualifying service; or

- 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 health benefits;

- 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.

 

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