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(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 NewsHearing Instrument and Related Services Benefit
Beginning January 1, 2020, TRAIL MAPD enrollees will be able
to receive a $2,500 per hearing instrument and related services benefit
every 24 months for ALL individuals (not just those who are 65 and older),
when a hearing care professional prescribes a hearing instrument. Be sure to contact your health plan for additional details.
Look for additional information regarding active employee and non-MAPD retiree hearing benefit coverage which will be provided closer to the FY21 Benefit Choice enrollment period next May.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last Updated 04/30/2019