Retirees: Compare notes on benefits, more. (Updated
Aug 18, 2020.)
▪ Discuss HP and HPE COBRA
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groups that suit your needs – US, international, business
units and divisions, acquisitions, spinoffs, and more.
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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 -- HPInc and
generally classify you as "retired" -- regardless of how you
left and whether or not you have any retiree benefits. This is
reported to outside payroll and employment verification services.
To determine if you have any retiree benefits:
- Download the most recent HPInc or HP Enterprise Annual
Enrollment Guide here on the HPAlumni website:
Even if you have a paper copy, it is very helpful to use
Adobe Reader's search feature to find specific words or phrases in a
pdf file. (To search for a word or phrase in a pdf file, press
Ctrl and F together on a PC -- or Command and F on a Mac.)
- 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
HPAA's Contacts page
Service at predecessor companies. Of the many Hewlett-Packard
only HP and DEC had retiree healthcare programs. Only HP, DEC, and
EDS had pension plans. Over the years, HP, DEC, and EDS set aside
money in dedicated trust funds to pay for those programs. Compaq,
Tandem, Autonomy, Palm, etc. did not have retiree healthcare or
pensions among their benefits programs. Their employees did not have
those expectations and there were no corresponding trust funds to
pass on to an acquiring company. Therefore, employees of those
companies do not get credit under HP's retiree healthcare or pension
programs for service at the predecessor company. (Predecessor service does count for FTO.)
There is useful information for all former employees on the
official retiree websites -- including benefits, discounts,
contacts, and change of address.
If you are still in the workforce, join the HPAA's networking and
job-post groups on
There is probably an informal online group for each organization you
have worked in – including HP acquisitions and spinoffs. Directory
professional and social groups for HP alumni and current
employees. For example, there are large groups for
alumni. And there are many local clubs.
Advice and info on
returning to HPInc, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including
informal and formal restrictions.
Not always obvious: Which HP-related companies am I a retiree or former employee of?
Given HP's complex history of acquisitions, divestitures, and spinoffs, the company or companies that you are legally a former employee of may
not be obvious. If any doubt, check here:
Check out the HP-supported
local Retiree Clubs in the US and around the world.
Make sure that every company
you ever worked for has your current postal address.
Even if not classified by the company as a "Retiree" or if
long gone from the company -- in case of class-action settlements,
pension, or stock issues. Update
address at former company
How to Choose a
Financial Advisor. Member advice on sorting out the different
types of financial salespeople and advisors.
(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 HPInc or HPE
internal systems and in the following few weeks.)
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