Browsing: Eligibility

Q. I am 54 years old and have been working for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years as a city carrier. Am I eligible for retirement? What percentage of my pay will I be able to receive? A. No, you aren’t eligible to retire now. However, you could resign from the government and apply for a deferred annuity under the MRA+10 provision. If you did, your annuity would be reduced by 5 percent for every year (5/12 percent per month) you were under age 60. Your annuity would be based on your high-3 and years of service as a FERS employee when you left.…

Q. I was born in 1959, so my MRA age is 56 with 30+ years of service. I turn 56 on Oct. 10, 2015 (which is a Saturday) and I will have 31 years with the USPS (FERS). My master file says I’m eligible to retire on Oct. 9. What is the correct date of retirement? I don’t want to retire on that Friday, Oct. 9, only to find out I retired one day too early.

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Q. I’m considering an early retirement from USPS. I currently have health insurance that costs me approximately $370 per month. It looks to me like I can actually get comparable coverage through the Obamacare site for less than my contribution to my current health insurance plan based on my projected income after retirement. Would I be eligible to receive the discounted health plan from the new government program? I know that I’m not eligible to participate now as an employee of USPS because my employer provides health coverage. After retirement, I can continue to receive health benefits through USPS but…

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