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Retirees: Compare notes on benefits, more.    (Updated March 7, 2018.)

Members can:

▪ Get Mutual help on health coverage -- COBRA, retirement, Medicare, open-market. Decoding Annual Enrollment. Other company-administered benefits such as discounts.

▪ Reconnect with past colleagues who know you and your work through LinkedIn groups.

▪ Find HP's discounts for retirees.

▪ Discuss US personal finance issues -- such as Social Security and stock -- from an ex-HP perspective.

▪ See US job openings from employers recruiting ex-HPers.

▪ Post your technical questions on the HPAA TechTalk forum – a knowledgeable, friendly community of engineers.

▪ Discover the local and online groups that suit your needs – US, international, business units and divisions, acquisitions, spinoffs, and more.

You are eligible to join if you were formerly a regular, direct employee of Hewlett-Packard, HP Inc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise– or have a defined retirement or termination date. Thanks to the HPAA's Supporting Members, there is no charge.

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Retiree Checklist:

  1. Classification as "retired." If you left at 55 or older with at least 10 years of service -- or left after 2010 with age-plus-years-of-service of at least 80 -- HP generally classifies you as "retired." This is reported to outside payroll and employment verification services. It is likely that HPE also uses the same criteria, but that has not been confirmed.

  2. To determine if you have any retiree benefits:
    - Download the most recent annual Retiree Benefits Enrollment Guide: http://www.hpalumni.org/2018HPIEnrollmentGuide.pdf  (Whether or not you print it out, it is very helpful to search this complex document using the pdf reader on your system. For example, search for "re-enroll" to find the rules about re-enrolling in a retiree plan if you lose coverage from a subsequent employer.)
    - Then call the appropriate Benefits Center to go over your specific situation in detail -- which may include COBRA, reimbursement accounts, Medicare, coverage for dependents, etc. Phone numbers and member advice: HPAA's Contacts page  

  3. Acquired companies generally did not have retirement health coverage or a pension plan. Those benefits were not an employee expectation -- and the original company was not paying into a trust fund that could be passed on to an acquiring company. We know of two exceptions where there were funded plans -- and therefore obligations that are being fulfilled by HP Inc in special plans:
    - If formerly employed by DEC -- retiree health coverage. Details     
    - If employed by EDS or "EDS, an HP Company" before January 1, 2009 -- pension plan. Details

  4. There is useful information for all former employees on the official retiree websites -- including benefits, discounts, contacts, and change of address. http://www.hp.com/contacts 

  5. If you are still in the workforce, join the HPAA's networking and job-post groups on LinkedIn.

  6. There is probably an informal online group for each organization you have worked in – including HP acquisitions and spinoffs. Directory of professional and social groups for HP alumni and current employees. For example, there are large groups for EDS and Compaq alumni. And there are many local clubs.

  7. Advice and info on returning to HP Inc, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including informal and formal restrictions.

  8. Which Company am I a retiree or former employee of? HP, or HPE, or multiple companies? Given HP's complex history of  acquisitions, divestitures, and spinoffs, the company that you are a former employee of may not be obvious. Before contacting one of the HP-related companies, check here: Which Company 

  9. Check out the HP-supported local Retiree Clubs in the US and around the world.

  10. Make sure that HP has your current mailing address. Even if long gone from HP. (Some have probably missed out on the 2015 EDS wage-and-hour settlement.)  http://www.hp.com/contacts 

(If you are in the process of leaving or being laid off or have recently left, use our "ASAP Checklist" for advice and mutual help – developed by HPAA members – on the many things you have to do before you lose access to HP or HPE internal systems and in the following few weeks.)

Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org

For more mutual help on this topic and many others, join the independent HP Alumni Association. If you were formerly a regular, direct employee of Hewlett-Packard, HP Inc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise -- or have a defined retirement or termination date, join the HPAA. No charge, thanks to HPAA members.

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