Topic:
RETIREMENT AND PENSION SYSTEMS; STATE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS; TEACHERS;
Location:
TEACHERS - RETIREMENT;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


January 6, 2000

 

2000-R-0009

TEACHERS' RETIREMENT BOARD

 
 

By: Judith S. Lohman, Chief Analyst

You asked who the members of the Teachers' Retirement Board (TRB) are and who regulates retired teachers' health insurance benefits, especially for those who move out of state.

TEACHERS' RETIREMENT BOARD MEMBERS

By law, the TRB has 12 members: the commissioners of education and social services, three active teachers nominated by the active- teacher members of the system and elected by all the members, two retired teachers nominated by the retired members of the system and elected by all the members, and five public members appointed by the governor (CGS 10-183l(b)). The current TRB members are shown in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Teachers' Retirement Board Members

Name

Membership Category

Theodore Sergi

Education Commissioner

Patricia Wilson-Coker

Department of Social Services Commissioner

Clare H. Barnett

Active teacher

Marion S. Jewell

Retired teacher

Mary Nichols

Active teacher

Martin L. Rudnick

Active teacher

Rosalyn B. Schoonmaker

Retired teacher

Eugene Cimiano

Public member

Deborah Freedman

Public member

Martin M. Lilienthal

Public member

Elaine T. Lowengard

Public member

Augustine M. Masiello

Public member

HEALTH BENEFITS FOR RETIRED TEACHERS

Health benefits for retired teachers are determined by state law. Retired or disabled teachers receiving benefits from the Teachers' Retirement System can get health insurance coverage from the TRB if they are eligible for Medicare Part A hospital insurance. Those who are not eligible for Medicare Part A are allowed to participate in the same health insurance plan their last employing board of education maintains for its active teachers.

As of January 1, 2000, TRB has five health plans offered by two providers. The providers are Aetna US Health Care and Stirling & Stirling. Not all plans are offered in all areas, either in or out of state. The TRB contracts with providers after issuing a request for proposal. The TRB negotiates and approves the contracts. Retired teachers who move out-of-state have the same coverage options as other retired teachers who live in Connecticut, although not all plans are offered in all areas.

The plans and their costs appear in Table 2.

Table 2: Retired Teacher Health Plans Offered by TRB

Plan Name

Monthly Per-Person Cost

Stirling & Stirling

Traditional Medicare Supplement with prescription

● With dental

● With dental, vision, and hearing

$80.40

$110.45

$125.45

Stirling & Stirling

Zero Premium Medicare Supplement (no prescription)

● With dental

● With dental, vision, and hearing

$0

$30

$45

Aetna US Healthcare HMO

Medicare 10 HMO with dental

$68.90

Aetna US Healthcare POS

● Medicare 10 POS Golden Choice (no dental)

● With dental

$92.80

$106.90 (CT rate)

Stirling & Stirling

● Stand-alone dental, vision, hearing rider

$0

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