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    Retirees: Thank you for your patience as our vendor processes your Benefit Verification forms

    No need to call--we will send you a yellow postcard to acknowledge receipt of your form within four to six weeks after it has been processed

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    Retirees: Returning to work for a Massachusetts employer?

    Know the rules before you do

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    Pension Reform III affects all MTRS members

    Understand what it means for you

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The Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System is the largest of the Commonwealth’s 104 contributory retirement systems. We provide retirement, disability and survivor benefits to more than 88,000 active educators and 59,000 retirees and survivors. We’re glad to have you as a visitor and encourage you to browse often!

Benefit recipients: If you have already returned your 2015 Benefit Verification form, thank you--and watch for your yellow acknowledgement postcard!

As of Monday, March 30, our vendor has received over 55,000 of the more than 62,000 Benefit Verification forms that were sent to all benefit recipients in January in the same envelope as the 2014 Form 1099-R tax statement. Yellow acknowledgement postcards have already been sent to approximately 53,000 retirees, with another 700 postcards scheduled to go in the mail on April 2.

If you lost or misplaced your original form, please wait for a "Second Notice" to arrive in early April--and be sure to return your completed form as soon as possible.

Has your address changed within the last six months? If so, and you have not yet notified us of your new address, your original Benefit Verification form may have been returned to us, and then your "Second Notice" may also be returned. Please be sure to send us a Change of Address form, and include a note to request that another Benefit Verification form be sent to you at your new address.

For more information, please see Benefit Verification process.

Dear Members, please bear with us during this extremely busy time!

If you're waiting to hear from us on a request for service, we ask that you please be patient. We received more than 20,000 service purchase applications after Pension Reform III, and the record-setting volume has caused lengthy processing delays. Although we had anticipated a temporary increase in the number of applications—and increased staffing levels accordingly—the volume simply and significantly exceeded our projections.

We are very sorry for any delay you may experience, and ask that you please bear with us during what is an extremely busy time for our staff. Thank you in advance for your understanding and continued patience.

NOTE: If you are retiring within the next four to six months and you have one or more service purchase applications currently pending with us, please let us know so that we may give your service purchase requests priority.