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Retirees: Compare notes on benefits, more.    (Updated Aug 18, 2020.)

Members can:

▪ Discuss HP and HPE COBRA and retiree benefits, including Annual Enrollment and transition to Medicare..

▪ 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, pensions, and stock -- from an ex-HP/HPE perspective.

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

▪ 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, HPInc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise -- or are in the process of leaving. 

Join here  (No login or password involved. No charge, thanks to our Supporting Members.) 

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 -- HPInc and HPE 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.

  2. To determine if you have any retiree benefits:
    - Download the most recent HPInc or HP Enterprise Annual Enrollment Guide here on the HPAlumni website: https://www.hpalumni.org/EnrollmentGuides  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 member advice: HPAA's Contacts page  

  3. Service at predecessor companies. Of the many Hewlett-Packard predecessor companies, 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.) Details: DEC  EDS

  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 HPInc, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including informal and formal restrictions.

  8. 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: Which Company

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

  10. 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

  11. 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.)

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 HP or HPE -- or are in the process of leaving -- join the HP Alumni Association. Transition, Benefits, and Finance forums. No charge, thanks to HPAA members.

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