I am not eligible for PERA Police and Fire Plan duty disability benefits because I am over the age of 55 and have over 20 years of service. Can I still get continuation of health insurance benefits?
Yes! If your disability otherwise meets the duty disability requirements, but you are not eligible for PERA duty disability benefits due to your age and years of service, you are still eligible for continuation of health insurance benefits if you retire due to your disability. This is a benefit that is far too frequently overlooked. To apply for this benefit if you are over the age of 55 and have over 20 years of service, you must apply to PERA for a determination as to whether you meet the statutory qualifications.