- REMINDER: Medicare-eligible individuals enrolled in the Teachers' Retirement Insurance Program (TRIP) have prescription drug coverage that is on average as good as, or better than, the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) and should not enroll in a Medicare Part D plan during this Medicare Part D open enrollment season, unless you qualify for low-income/extra-help assistance. 10/17/12
- On August 24, 2012, Governor Quinn signed into law SB 3240 that allows Teachers' Retirement Insurance Program members and their covered dependents to assign their health benefits to out-of-network providers. 09/28/12
- The current emergency contracts with Health Alliance HMO, Health Alliance Illinois and Coventry HMO have been extended until the supplemental managed care procurement is completed, not to exceed June 30, 2013. Check back for more information once the procurement is finalized. 09/05/12
- Effective April 2nd, Express Scripts acquired Medco Health Solutions. Members will continue to receive medications without changes to the plan or network. 04/04/12
- The Teachers' Retirement Insurance Program (TRIP) Benefits Handbook has been updated and is located on the Benefit Program Books page. 11/16/11
- Notice Regarding TCHP Claim Payment Delay. Updated Daily
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.