Teachers’ Retirement Insurance Program

Contact MyBenefits Service Center (toll-free) 844-251-1777 or 844-251-1778 (TDD/TTY)
with questions on how to enroll, or about navigating MyBenefits.illinois.gov.
Representatives are available Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 6 PM CT.
 
 

Latest News

Latest News

Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Webinars

Employees

Increasing your self-control in challenging situations

How many times have you reacted emotionally in a heated moment, and then said something that you regretted later? If you're like most people, you've done it plenty of times. There are, however, proactive strategies you can adopt to manage distressing emotions and situations. Learn more in this month's newsletter.

 

Monthly Webinar

Mindfulness: The Life-Changing Practice for Living a Happier, Healthier Life │ Wednesday, February 12

Join this webinar to

  • Discover the many benefits of mindfulness
  • Discuss various practices and programs
  • Learn how to incorporate mindfulness in your day to day life
  • Experience the power of being present

Click Here to Register


Date/Time:        Feb 26 (Noon-1p CT)

Topic:                 Transform Your Thoughts for Weight Loss Success (HWWL)

Presenter:         Joy Braunlich

Please contact Juliann.Heminghous@illinois.gov for participant handouts  prior to the actual training.

Web portion: http://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/rcfrbigl903p/  
to log in as Guest, simply enter name and click on "Enter Room" button. If you experience difficulty entering the webinar room you may need to update your computer's Adobe Flash plug-in in order to log in to the webinar.  Use this link to test your connection: http://na3cps.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Audio conference: There are two options for listening to the webinar:

  • Via computer, please unmute your computer speakers to access the audio
    • You will be able to communicate with the presenter via the Chat feature.
  • Via phone: 719-359-9722, access code 120645
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Employees

Embracing differences

Elements of diversity can include people's ethnicity, religious beliefs, cultural preferences, age group, physical abilities or handicaps, economic and educational background, and sexual orientation. You can learn and grow professionally if you make a concerted effort to understand and accept co-workers' differences.

 

Monthly Webinar

Thriving in a Multigenerational Workforce │ Wednesday, March 11

Join this webinar to

  • Describe the five generations currently in the workplace
  • Learn how each generation impacts the workplace
  • Identify tips to help you navigate the multigenerational workforce

Click Here to Register

 

 

Managers

Developing a culture of kindness

The pace of today's high-stress workplace can impact your emotional balance, mental wellness and physical health. Organizations characterized as having negative or fear-based cultures often is caused by significant workplace stress. Learn how to create a healthier work environment.

 

Monthly Webinar

Bullying in a Team Environment and the Effects on the Bottom Line │ Wednesday, March 25

Join this webinar to

  • Define what overt and covert bullying are, common bully traits and the role of power in a bullying situation
  • Discuss who the bully targets and common traits of people who are targeted
  • Understand the current research on what makes companies successful and the role power plays in this equation
  • Describe the relationship between bullying and the bottom line and why good employees stay

Click Here to Register

 

Tax Discount Flyer

Included in this communication is a promotional flyer that you may use to make your staff aware of a discount for TurboTax tax preparation services available through the EAP.  To learn more visit www.MagellanAscend.com and select the Discount Center program tile. 

 

Work-Life For Employees & Managers

Ring In Your Spring

With the days getting warmer, it's the perfect time to shake off your winter blues and hit refresh. Work-Life is available 24/7 with support and tools to help you tackle all of your spring to-dos so you can relax, revive and refocus. Work-Life can:

  • Connect you to home improvement and repair specialists
  • Locate summer care, camps and programs that meet your family's needs
  • Help you find residential cleaning services in your area, within your budget
  • Find moving and relocation resources to help de-stress your move
  • Help you plan and prepare for a baby, wedding, move or other major milestone
  • Provide savings on thousands of everyday products and services

Getting help online is easy! From webinars, live talks and audio to articles and downloadable guides, Work-Life provides insights and information to help warm up your winter. Call your program or go online to get started!


Tackling Life's Challenges with Resilience and Grit

Ever wonder what gives some people the ability to recover from hardship and reach their long-term goals, while others struggle? The answer might be resilience and grit.

Join us for this pre-recorded, one-hour webinar, brought to you by Magellan Healthcare. You will learn the meaning of resilience and grit, characteristic of people with these traits, benefits to building these skills, and ways you can improve your resilience and grit.

URL for Viewing: http://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/pxjr0tohflrc/

Updated: January 24, 2020


As we enter the new year and new decade, add another item to your 2020 Wellness goal-setting. 

Take better care of your eyes. Did you know that regular eye exams can detect early signs of certain chronic health conditions?
Ensure your vision and health is 20/20 in 2020 and beyond.  Live your Best Life and schedule your eye exam today.   

Read more about The Power of an Eye Exam for your overall Wellness.

#CMSChallengeAccepted2020

 

Posted January 3, 2020 


Recorded Webinar

Emotional Muscle Part Two: How to Grow Resilient School-Age Kids and Become Stronger Parents │

  • Define emotional muscle and how it pertains to resilience
  • Describe why it's essential for kids and teens to build their emotional muscle
  • Learn ways to help kids and teens develop emotional muscle and bounce back from difficulties

Here is a link to the recording Previously aired Wednesday, January 8, 2020: 

http://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/pymt7ag6605j/

Part One was previously offered in August.  You may watch it on the link below:

Emotional Muscle: Part One: How to Grow Resilient Children and Become Stronger Parents

∙ Learn about child development through the concept of emotional muscle

∙ Learn how parents and children can grow together through different life stages to become stronger and more resilient

∙ Learn how to bounce back when bad things happen

Here is a link to the recording Previously aired Wednesday, August 14, 2019:   http://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/p8q6h3w4w0va/

Amended: January 17, 2020


Oh the weather outside is frightful,

and the holiday season is so delightful, but with all those holiday festivities of sharing, hugs and Aunt Betty's kisses might have the flu bug celebrating the most this holiday season. 

The flu virus is contagious and preventable.  Be sure you're protected this holiday and winter season by getting vaccinated. If you think you don't need a vaccination, think again. It is anticipated that this flu season will be long and quite active. According to the CDC, cases of the flu start to rise in October, peak between December and February, and usually taper off around May.   Here are a few myths and facts about flu vaccinations from our friends at Health Alliance: https://blog.healthalliance.org/flu-prevention-myths-vs-facts/

CMS cares about your health and wellbeing.  Take care of your body.  It's the only place you have to live. 

Posted: December 17, 2019


December – Stress Free Holidays

Surviving the Holidays – Holiday Webinar

The holidays bring lots of joy, festivities and family, and shopping, and overdue bills and they are all rapidly approaching, are you ready?  No?  Well, take a deep breath. We know just how stressful the holidays can be because we've all been there, and sometimes, we could all just use a little help. That's why CMS is partnering with Magellan to bring you a "Surviving the Holidays" webinar presented by a certified counselor. 

This webinar will be chock full of tips and practices to cope through grief or divorce, helping to set up a budget and learning the fine art of 'thrift-giving,' overcoming anxiety, overindulgences and other stressors often associated with the holidays. It is also free to all State of Illinois employees. Click this URL for Viewing: http://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/pl6kbyrbg72s/  for the webinar.

  • Stress Management - Katherine Evans    United Health Care

https://multimedia.illinois.gov/cms/CMS-Health-and-Wellness-Initiative-121619-1.html 

  • Silver Sneakers - Katherine Evans - United HealthCare

https://multimedia.illinois.gov/cms/CMS-Health-and-Wellness-Initiative-121619-2.html  

  • Managing your Stress for Health and Wellness  - Nicole - Magellan

https://multimedia.illinois.gov/cms/CMS-Health-and-Wellness-Initiative-121619-3.html 

  • Nutrition and Fitness - Eddy Rosales – Blue Cross Blue Shield

https://multimedia.illinois.gov/cms/CMS-Health-and-Wellness-Initiative-121619-4.html 

  • Maintaining Your Health Through the Holidays - Kena Hahn - Health Alliance

https://multimedia.illinois.gov/cms/CMS-Health-and-Wellness-Initiative-121619-5.html 

  • Holiday Blues - Julie Augustine - Health Link

https://multimedia.illinois.gov/cms/CMS-Health-and-Wellness-Initiative-121619-6.html

 

 Posted: December 4, 2019 


Affordable Care Act tax Forms 1095-B and 1095-C

Per IRS guidance, Forms 1095-B and 1095-C are for record keeping purposes only and are not required to be filed with a participant’s 2018 tax return. The forms are currently being mailed through MyBenefits and should be received by March 4, 2019 per IRS requirements.  Please note: You do not need this form to file your taxes. The forms are proof of the 2018 offer and enrollment in health insurance coverage. The information on these forms indicates that the participant and any spouse or dependent were offered coverage and the respective enrollments, if any, for each month during 2018.  1095 FAQs

On August 22, 2018, SB 3046 was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner,

amending legislation to allow former TRIP members and dependents who previously opted-out of their health benefits plan, to be allowed to opt-back-in during an open enrollment period or other qualifying enrollment opportunity.  This law is effective immediately.  
     ◦For Medicare-eligible members, your next Open Enrollment opportunity is
October 15 - November 15, 2018.
     ◦For non-MAPD members, your next Open Enrollment opportunity will be
during the month of May 2019.
    ◦Please refer to the Teachers' Retirement Insurance Program (TRIP) Handbook for other qualifying enrollment opportunities.

Archived Notices

 

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. 

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 for the 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.

Medicare

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.

Notices

Teachers' Retirement System

Last Updated 01/0​/2020