Retiree Benefits

We value your contributions to JHU and want you to stay connected, whether you’re newly retired or well into your post-work years.

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As a retiree, you’re eligible for certain privileges at JHU that can help you stay connected and enriched. Whether it’s keeping your JHU email alias, taking advantage of JHU-related memberships, participating in our tuition remission program, or getting discounts at a host of Hopkins venues, we have something for you.

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Events & Activities

Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, all in-person gatherings are cancelled until further notice.

Our annual staff retiree recognition luncheon, now held in early fall, recognizes new retirees, while our annual retiree party in December brings together all retired JHU faculty and staff for a holiday celebration.

We also periodically host field trips and book talks with JHU Press authors. And, of course, you can reunite with friends and former colleagues at universitywide community activities such as Hopkins Night at Camden Yards.

Are you interested in volunteering and making an impact in the Baltimore community? Consider serving at one or more Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, grant-funded community partner organizations. For more information on  community service, contact Greg Burks at

Have a favorite event you think other JHU retirees would enjoy? Send a suggestion to or call 410-516-2000, and our Retiree Advisory Board will consider your suggestion.

Health Benefits

When you retire, you may enroll in the JHU retiree health plan. You and your spouse or domestic partner must enroll in Medicare Parts A and B upon turning 65, and once that occurs, Medicare will become the primary insurer and the JHU retiree plan will become secondary.

If you waived coverage in the university medical plan at retirement, you will have one opportunity to enroll in the university’s available plan options within 30 days of losing your alternate medical coverage. If you die, your covered spouse or domestic partner is eligible to remain on the group plan for his/her lifetime, and covered dependent children can remain on the group plan until they no longer meet the plan eligibility requirements. If you wish to discontinue retiree medical or dental coverage, you must notify the JHU Benefits Service Center in writing within 30 days of the date you want your coverage to end.

For information on the cost of medical and dental coverage in retirement, please use the cost schedules below:

Have questions about benefits? You can contact the Benefits Service Center or  our medical, prescription, and dental providers.

Support Programs

We know challenges don’t end when you exit the workforce. We’re happy to extend access to our support programs for 18 months following your retirement date. Through the Johns Hopkins Employee Assistance Program (JHEAP), you can get free, confidential telephone, virtual, or in-person counseling sessions for help with challenges such as depression, drug and alcohol misuse, or financial or legal problems. JHEAP also offers 24/7 telephone access to a worklife consultant who can offer resources and referrals for everything from plumbers, to contractors, to pet sitters, plus initial consultations for legal services, financial services, and identity theft resolution and consultation.


JHU’s retiree newsletter, PrimeTime News, is published and mailed to your home address twice annually. New issues are also posted here. Each issue features event announcements, news, updates on retiree benefits, and other information from Johns Hopkins.

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ID cards will be made available per request, contact to request a retiree ID card.