Retiree Medical Benefits

Retiree Medical Benefits

Baker Hughes provides both pre-65 and post-65 retirees with medical coverage options.

Retiree Medical benefits

You must be covered under an eligible Baker Hughes active Medical plan at the time of retirement to be eligible for either the Baker Hughes Retiree Medical plans or coverage through Via Benefits (our Benefit Advisor for post-65 retiree benefits). You can still enroll in an individual plan to supplement Medicare on your own. You can read the Retiree Medical SPD here.

Read the 2021 Retiree Medical Benefits guide to learn about your 2021 retiree medical benefits. If you enroll in a retiree Medical plan for 2021, you will receive a Medical plan ID card, even if you already have one for 2020. You can expect to receive your ID card before January 1, 2021.  

2022 Retiree Medical benefits

Read the 2022 Retiree Medical Benefits guide to learn about your 2022 retiree medical benefits.

  • If you enroll in a retiree Medical plan for 2022 for the first time, you will receive a Medical plan ID card. You can expect to receive your ID card before January 1, 2022.
  • If you are currently enrolled in Retiree Medical benefits, you will not receive a new ID card for 2022. You will continue to use your card from 2021.

Pre-65 retiree benefits

Medical Benefit Options

If you and/or your dependent(s) are under 65 years of age, you have several coverage choices. All Medical plans are in the UnitedHealthcare (UHC) network. If you enroll in Retiree Medical coverage, you automatically receive prescription drug coverage. These are your medical plan options:

  • UHC Basic Choice Plus
  • UHC Catastrophic Choice Plus

If your ZIP code is outside the UHC Choice Network service area, you and/or your dependent(s) will be offered the out-of-area options.

  • UHC Basic Out-of-Area PPO
  • UHC Catastrophic Out-of-Area PPO

Post-65 retiree benefits

Your Via Benefits benefit advisor will help you understand all of your options when selecting an individual Medicare supplement plan from the Medicare marketplace. While you will have a choice of different plan designs, all of the supplement plans that are available fall into one of these categories:

  • Medical coverage
  • Prescription coverage
  • Dental plans
  • Vision plans


How to retire

Don’t wait until the last minute to follow these steps. Coordinate your retirement date to coincide with the last day of the month to make sure you have uninterrupted medical coverage, if you plan to enroll.

  • Contact your supervisor/manager. It’s important to let your supervisor or manager know about your intent to retire.
  • Contact your local HR representative. Once you have decided on the date you would like to retire, you will need to notify your local HR representative.

If you have questions regarding retirement coverages, please contact the Baker Hughes Benefits Center at 1-866-244-3539, Option 1. If you are pre-65, go to to perform a retirement modeling which displays retiree medical options and premiums. If you are post-65, go to to review medical plans.

For more information about retiring

Read the Retiree Benefits Guide. You can also find additional information in the Frequently Asked Questions.

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