Life Events

During your retirement, you will continue to experience a number of life events. These events may impact your DERP Pension Benefit so it’s critical to report life changes to DERP throughout your retirement years.

Keep in mind that some life events will qualify you to make updates to your health insurance outside of DERP’s annual Open Enrollment period. A qualifying life event can include becoming eligible for Medicare, a marriage, a divorce, or an involuntary loss of previous health insurance.

Review this section to find what action you need to take based on the specific life event you’ve experienced.

Change of Residence and/or Contact Information

If you have moved, plan to move, have a new phone number, or new email address, you’ll want to update your information, so you continue to receive important news and information about your account.

Log in to your MyDERP.org account and click the Address and/or Account Info hyperlinks to update your address and contact information.

Health Insurance

Your address determines what health insurance is available to you. Moving out of your current ZIP code may affect your eligibility to maintain your current coverage and may qualify you to make updates to your health insurance outside of DERP’s annual Open Enrollment period.

Email Help@DERP.org for more information.

New Bank Account

Do you have a new bank account? Did you close a bank account? Make sure to let us know if you make any changes to your bank account so you continue to receive your monthly DERP Pension Benefit payment without a delay.

Log in to your MyDERP.org account and click the Direct Deposit button to update your direct deposit information.

Change in Marital Status

If you have a change in marital status, you’ll want to let us know so we can update your account. However, it’s important to remember that a change in marital status does not allow you to update your retirement DERP Pension benefit option or joint and survivor beneficiary as these elections became irreversible upon retirement.

Email Help@DERP.org asking us to update your account if you have a marital status change.

Divorce

Your DERP Pension Benefit is considered marital property. In the event of a divorce, Colorado law may require DERP to divide your retirement benefit when a Domestic Relations Order (DRO) has been filed with the Court.

For more information about how divorce and a DRO may impact you in regards to your DERP Pension Benefit, and the specific instructions to create a valid DRO that DERP will recognize, visit DERP’s Publications page and click on Your Guide to Divorce and Domestic Relations Orders.

Health Insurance

A change in marital status may qualify you to make updates to your health insurance outside of DERP’s annual Open Enrollment period. For example, if you were recently married and are enrolled in DERP’s health insurance, you can add your spouse to your coverage. If were recently divorced and your former spouse is enrolled in DERP’s health insurance coverage, they will no longer be eligible to be enrolled and you can remove them from your coverage.

Email Help@DERP.org for more information about how to add a new spouse or remove a former spouse and the documentation required.

Aging into Medicare

You should contact the Social Security Administration to enroll in Medicare three months prior to turning age 65. Medicare is a federal health insurance program and is required when you turn age 65. Visit the Medicare website for more information.

Health Insurance

Becoming Medicare eligible qualifies you to make updates to your health insurance outside of DERP’s annual Open Enrollment period. If you want to enroll in a DERP Medicare Advantage plan, you must provide proof of Medicare Parts A and B.

For more information about the DERP Medicare Advantage plans, visit DERP’s Publications page and click on Your Guide to DERP Retiree Health Benefits.

Email Help@DERP.org for more information and/or questions about DERP’s Medicare Advantage plans and how to enroll.

Death of a Beneficiary and/or Insurance Dependent

If your beneficiary and/or insurance dependent passes away, you will need to notify us so we can update your account.

If you elected a joint and survivor option, you can’t update your beneficiary as the division of your DERP Pension Benefit was calculated based on your and your beneficiary’s date of birth. However, we will increase your monthly lifetime DERP Pension Benefit to the maximum benefit option as if you never elected a beneficiary effective the month after the passing of your beneficiary.

Your beneficiary and/or insurance dependent will be removed from your insurance coverage effective the end of the month they passed away.

Email Help@DERP.org to report the death of your beneficiary or insurance dependent.