July 24, 2014

Preparing for retirement

What you need to know as you prepare to retire

Whether you are about to pull the pin or drop off your final passenger, here is a brief guide to assist you in applying for and transitioning into retirement. Those nearing retirement age might also wish to review the articles below especially with regard to financial planning.

Preparing for retirement can seem like a second full-time job. For sure, gaining an understanding of and properly applying for Medicare, Railroad Retirement or Social Security is no minor task. Understanding your financial needs in retirement is also of crucial importance.

And staying in touch with your industry and former co-workers made possible by the UTU Alumni Association surely has mental health advantages.

The articles below are merely guides. Ultimately, each retiree is personally responsible for applying properly for retirement benefits and managing their post-retirement assets.

Continuing income a concern for retirees
Begin your document search early
Most eligible for $2,000 death benefit
UTUIA helps provide secure retirements
What is Medicare? How do I get started?
Do not become a victim of fraud

Contact information
Below are phone numbers and URLs for websites that can help you secure your plans for retirement.

UTU International
(216) 228-9400
www.utu.org

UTU Insurance Association (UTUIA)
Toll free (800) 558-8842
www.utuia.org

UnitedHealthcare GA-23111
Plan F
(Medicare supplement)
Toll free (800) 809-0453
https://www.myuhc.com

UnitedHealthcare GA-46000/Plan E
(Early Retirement Health Insurance)
Toll free (800) 842-5252
https://www.myuhc.com

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
Toll free (877) 772-5772
www.rrb.gov

Social Security Administration
Toll free (800) 772-1213
www.socialsecurity.gov

Medicare
Toll free (800) 633-4227
www.medicare.gov

CalPERS
Toll free (888) 225-7377
www.calpers.ca.gov

Department of Veterans Affairs
Toll free (800) 827-1000
www.va.gov