- NEW!! The new TRAIL website has been launched and contains important information for retired members who are enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. Medicare primary members should use the new website at www.cms.illinois.gov/thetrail to review information about these plans and the enrollment period as new information will be posted to that site as it comes available. 11/04/13
- Notice Regarding TCHP Claim Payment Delay. Updated Daily
- The next quarterly meeting for the TRIP (Teachers’ Retirement Insurance Program) Advisory Board is scheduled for January 14, 2015 at 10 am. This meeting will be held at the CMS Bureau of Benefits office located at 801 S. 7th Street, Springfield, IL 62703.
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.