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Underfunding by Legislature Leads to Changes to Retired Teachers' Health Insurance
January 29, 2018
A change to the retired teachers' health insurance program that was adopted by the State Teachers' Retirement
Board (TRB) this month will impact retired teachers and spouses who are on—or will soon be on—the
TRB's Medicare supplement (65 and older) plan.
The new base plan will actually have a lower premium ($134 per person, per month) and it will be a Medicare
Advantage plan through Anthem. The TRB will continue to offer the current Stirling plan, but it will be a
buy-up, at $259 per person, per month, for the full package that includes drugs, dental, vision, and hearing
Because of the legislature's failure to appropriate the required amount to the retired teacher health fund, the
fund would have become insolvent by August. In order to avoid insolvency, the TRB voted on January 11 to change
the base medical plan it offers for Medicare participants effective July 1, 2018. This does not impact the
prescription drug, dental, vision, and hearing plans.
CEA leaders, members, staff and the TRB
have long lobbied legislators to appropriate the required amount to the
health fund and warned of the dire consequences if they do not. The legislature, therefore, is fully responsible
for this change. Had they appropriated the statutorily required amount, this change would not have occurred.
TRB health consultant Joe Fields is attending all CEA-Retired county meetings to explain the changes and provide more detailed information
about both plans. Retirees will be asked to make a plan election in April and will be receiving much more
detailed plan descriptions shortly. That information also will be posted on the
Though his opening address to the 2018 General Assembly emphasized Connecticut's tradition of fairness and the state's future generations, the governor's new budget proposal delivers mixed news for Connecticut students, teachers, and schools.
A change to the retired teachers' health insurance program that was adopted by the State Teachers' Retirement Board (TRB) this month will impact retired teachers and spouses who are on—or will soon be on&mdsah;the TRB's Medicare supplement (65 and older) plan.
Public officials are elected to represent the interests of local residents, but members of the Stratford Board of Education abdicated their responsibility to town residents by shutting them out of a public meeting.
State Supreme Court ruling in the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v. Rell delivered a mixed verdict—bad for school funding, while rejecting the lower court's attempt to create burdensome schemes for testing, teacher evaluation, and education policy.