Health & Wellness

Information and resources to help manage your health insurance and wellness program.

Health Care Facilitator Program

The UCSB Health Care Facilitator can help you understand your UC health plan and assist with problems.

Many of us need help navigating the health care system.  The UCSB Health Care Facilitator (HCF) is here to help you understand the UC health plans and assist if you have a problem you can’t solve.  The program is open to all staff, faculty, retirees and their family members.

Contact the Health Care Facilitator if you need help:

  • Understanding how your health plans work and what is covered
  • Getting access to care
  • Stopping bills for services that should be covered
  • Understanding how Medicare works with UC insurance plans

The Health Care Facilitator will provide you with information so you can take the appropriate action or will intervene on your behalf with the insurance carriers.

This is a confidential service.

  • Your privacy is protected
  • Information you provide us will not be shared without your permission

UCSB Health Care Facilitator:

Rebecca Preza
(805) 893-4201

Human Resources/Benefits, SAASB 3101

UC Customer Service Center: 1-800-888-8267

Medicare and Retiree Health Insurance

All retirees and their family members who are eligible for Medicare at age 65 must enroll in Parts A & B.

If you are a University retiree enrolled in a UC-sponsored medical plan, UC requires you and your family members to maintain Medicare Part B enrollment as soon as you or your family members become eligible for premium-free Medicare Part A, usually at age 65. 

If you are not eligible for premium-free Part A at age 65, you must send UC a copy of the Social Security denial letter.

Failure to comply with these policies can result in penalties and the permanent loss of your UC-sponsored medical coverage.

You'll find answers to many of your questions in the following documents:

Medicare Roadmap
This is a step-by-step guide to what you need to do to enroll in Medicare and transfer to the Medicare version of your UC medical plan.  You'll find links to UC resources and forms in this easy to follow roadmap.

Medicare Factsheet
This document explains the parts of Medicare, the UC Medicare policies and describes how each UC medical plan coordinates coverage with Medicare.

Medicare Checklist for Retirees
This checklist explains how to enroll in Medicare, the UC forms required to coordinate your medical plan with Medicare, the cost of Medicare and other issues to consider when transitioning to Medicare.

New to Medicare
Slides for 3/29/17 presentation
Learn how Medicare coordinates with your UC medical plan. Topics include: when to enroll in Medicare, which physicians are covered by your medical plan, how to access care, cost of care, monthly premiums, and plans available when living outside of California.

Health Net and Medicare in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Ventura
Sansum Clinic and Jackson Group are the only Health Net Seniority Plus provider in Santa Barbara.  If your Primary Care Physician (PCP) is not affiliated with Sansum or Jackson, you have options to consider when enrolling in Health Net Seniority Plus.

Health Net Seniority Plus is not available in Santa Maria or Ventura.  You and your family members must select a different medical plan.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Preza, UCSB Health Care Facilitator, email or call 893-4201.

UC Living Well

Making wellness a priority

UC supports faculty, staff and retirees in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle by building a culture that values health and well-being. UC Living Well, the university’s wellness program, provides activities and resources to help faculty, staff and retirees reach their wellness goals.

UC Living Well includes:

  • Campus wellness activities
  • Wellness programs and support from UC's health plans

For more information, see the UC Living Well website.


Vision Plans for Retirees

Vision Services Plan (VSP)

The University of California is pleased to offer a vision plan option for retirees and their eligible family members. Benefits are provided by Vision Service Plan (VSP) and the coverage and benefits will be the same as the active employee plan.  You have the option of enrolling in this plan at the time of retirement or during an Open Enrollment period (not open for new enrollments every year).

Enrollment and premiums will not be deducted from your University pension.  You will pay the full premium directly to VSP. The University has contracted with VSP to provide all administrative services.

VSP member ID is the retiree's Social Security Number
UC Retiree Group Number:  12334445

VSP Customer Service 1-800-877-7195
VSP website

More information about VSP for Retirees

Health Net Seniority Plus - Vision Care

Health Net Seniority Plus provides vision benefits similar to the coverage offered by VSP.

  • Eye Exams:  You can obtain an annual eye exam through your Health Net Seniority Plus contracting physician group.

You pay $20 for each routine eye exam.  Limited to 1 exam every year.

  • Eyewear:  You have coverage for eyewear through the Health Net Seniority Plus Vision Plan serviced by EyeMed Vision Care.  EyeMed Vision Care provides benefits for eyewear through a network of dispensing opticians and optometric laboratories.

Contact Health Net Vision at 1-866-392-6058 for details about coverage for frames and lenses and for a list of participating EyeMed providers.