The State of Illinois offers members of the Teachers' Retirement Insurance Program (TRIP) a healthcare program called Total Retiree Advantage Illinois (TRAIL). This program provides eligible members and their covered dependents comprehensive medical and prescription drug coverage through Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (commonly referred to as “MAPD” plans).
All Illinois counties have an HMO and PPO option. Members residing outside Illinois may elect the PPO option available nationwide.
Last Updated 12/04/2019
December – Stress Free Holidays
Surviving the Holidays – Holiday Webinar is December 2
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 on December 2, 2019, from 12-1 PM CT.
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.
Mark your calendars and join us on Dec. 2 at noon, right here:
Web portion: http://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/rj1tyavlqrou/
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: 719-234-7800, access code 993237
If you are not able to attend the live webinar time, we will post a recorded copy here when available.
Hearing 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.
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.
- For non-MAPD members, your next Open Enrollment opportunity will be during the month of May.
- Please refer to the Teacher's Retirement Insurance Program (TRIP) Handbook for qualifying enrollment opportunities.
Any Required and supporting documentation you may have, may be uploaded online or faxed (toll-free) 844-676-1725.