To ensure that only eligible dependents are covered under the Teachers’ Retirement Insurance Program, CMS has retained the services of HMS Employer Solutions (HMS) to conduct a Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit.
Benefit recipients who enroll in the Teachers' Retirement Insurance Program (TRIP) receive health, prescription and behavioral health benefits for one monthly premium. Dependent beneficiaries can be enrolled in the program at an additional cost and will have the same health plan and other benefits as the benefit recipient.
The various benefits offered to TRIP participants are administered by various plan administrators. Benefit recipients interested in changing their coverage elections may do so upon experiencing an eligible qualifying change in status and should contact the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) for more information.
Benefit Program Books
All available benefit plans and programs are explained in detail in the Member Handbook and Benefit Choice Options Booklet. Also included are amendments that update the handbook and a summary document indicating the benefit levels of the Teachers' Choice Health Plan (TCHP).
Whenever questions arise, plan participants have various resources they can use. On the Contact Information page, members may view the phone number forthe Group Insurance Division and links to the Teachers' Retirement System's (TRS) insurance page and all of the TRIP plan administrator websites.
Members may find answers to general TRIP questions on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Information regarding what Medicare is and how it affects your group insurance coverage. If you are enrolled in TRIP and become eligible for Medicare, you must enroll in both Medicare Part A and Part B in order to receive the lower Medicare TRIP premium.