Yale Health

Frequently Asked Questions

I am reaching age 65. Do I need to take any action?

If you are reaching age 65 and continuing to work you should contact the Social Security Administration to enroll in Medicare Part A. Medicare Part A may provide you with additional benefits beyond your Yale Health coverage. In most cases, there is no premium for Medicare Part A. You do not need to enroll in Medicare Part B if you are receiving your care at Yale Health. Yale Health will remain your primary insurance coverage until you stop working.

Will I be able to continue to see my physician at Yale Health once I am retired and enrolled in a Medicare program?

If you elect the Medicare Supplement with the University you may continue to use the primary departments at Yale Health and we will bill Medicare and your Medicare Supplement for your services.

If I retire from the University what happens to my coverage at Yale Health?

If you are under age 65 and eligible for retirement benefits you and your covered spouse or civil union partner and dependents may remain on Yale Health. When you (the retired member) or the enrolled spouse or civil union partner reach age 65 or become eligible for Medicare, Yale Health membership terminates and you become eligible for one of the Medicare programs offered by the University.

I am retired and covered by Medicare. I received a bill from Yale Health and I have questions. Who should I contact?

Contact Billing at 203-436-8882.

Does Medicare cover the refraction fee for eyeglasses?

A refraction is the part of an eye examination that determines the best possible level of vision through optical lens correction, such as glasses.

Medicare does not cover refractions. Medicare only covers medical services related to diseases or illness. Because refractions address focusing errors of the eye (which Medicare does not regard as disease or illness), Medicare does not cover refractions.

If you are a Medicare patient, you will be billed for this service and will be responsible for the payment.

I am a Medicare patient, can I be seen in the Dermatology Department?

No.  Medicare patients are not eligible for treatment in our Dermatology Department.

I am a Medicare patient, can I be admitted to Inpatient Care?

No, Yale Health Inpatient Care is not a Medicare licensed inpatient facility.