Explaining the Retirement Process for University of Michigan Employees”
Working with Michigan Media of Michigan Creative, Kohlitz drew and animated this linear animation for University of Michigan’s HR Department. UofM has many employees and many have dutifully worked for the U for decades. Naturally, UofM wants them to be well-prepared for their retirement. That’s why the HR Department contacted Michigan Creative to write the script for an engaging animation that not only explains how to plan for their retirement, but keeps the audience watching all the way to the end.
Creating the Linear Animation
With the script in hand, Kohlitz suggested using a linear animation style that would draw the viewer through the process. After all, working towards retirement is a very linear course. Kohlitz storyboarded and created concept art for this idea which was then approved. Kohlitz then created the animation using the existing branding and colors the Michigan Creative team had already established for HR’s retirement education initiative.
If you’re thinking about retirement, there are a couple of important things to consider about your health benefits: Medicare, the cost of care, and planning ahead before you retire.
If you’re eligible for benefits as a U of M retiree, you can choose to continue your health, vision and dental plans. At age 65, Medicare will become your primary insurance. This means health care services will be billed to Medicare first and to your U of M health plan after that.
If you retire before age 65, it’s a good idea to apply for Medicare three months before your 65th birthday. If you’re still working at 65, you may choose to wait to apply for Medicare until right before you retire.
The amount the university pays towards your health care in retirement is determined by factors such as when you retire, your age and your years of service. You can look up your expected monthly cost on the University Human Resources website.
It’s important to know that if your date of service is on or after July 1, 1988 and you retire before age 62, there’s no university contribution to your health benefits until you turn 62.
You generally won’t be able to add a new spouse or other dependent to your coverage after you stop working, so make sure anyone you want to cover is already on your plan when you retire.
And if you’re going to move out of state, you’ll want a plan with nationwide coverage, like Comprehensive Major Medical or the PPO plan.
As you prepare for your retirement, we’re here to help.
For complete information, visit hr.umich.edu/retire.