Three notes to recent and soon-to-be retirees
- While you are an active educator, your health insurance premiums may have been withheld on a pre-tax basis. Please note, however, that the IRS requires that retirees’ insurance premiums be withheld on an after-tax basis.
- Regardless of the group insurance program you may be offered after your retirement, you should contact your local insurance coordinator approximately three months prior to your effective date of retirement in order to obtain the necessary forms for coverage. Likewise, please review our information on Medicare.
- An important notice for charter school employees and inactive members: Be aware that school districts have different rules for providing insurance coverage to active members and retired members, and your district may or may not provide you with insurance benefits in retirement. Accordingly, if you are either an employee of a charter school, or you are not employed by a school district, as soon as you start thinking about retiring, investigate your eligibility for retiree health coverage, as your district's rules may affect your retirement decisions.
About your health insurance in retirement
Health insurance for retired members of the MTRS is not provided by the MTRS, but, rather, is a local contractual benefit. Most school districts offer continued health insurance to their retirees and either:
- participate in the Retired Municipal Teachers’ (RMT) Program or
- offer their own group insurance plan.
How this insurance will be administered depends upon which school system you are retiring from. Since health insurance coverage is a very important issue for you as you consider your retirement, you may want to investigate your options several years prior to your actual retirement.
For more information on your health insurance coverage options in retirement, if your district:
- Participates in the Retired Municipal Teachers (RMT) Program (see list, below), contact the Group Insurance Commission, or 617-727-2310.
- Is not listed as participating in the RMT Program, below, please contact your local insurance coordinator. (Note: Your city or town may participate in the “GIC Municipality Program.” If so, you should still contact your local insurance coordinator as he or she will administer your coverage, which is provided through the GIC.)
Districts participating in the Retired Municipal Teachers’ (RMT) Program
(as of July 1, 2014)
- Blackstone Valley Reg.
- Greater Lawrence Reg.
- Martha’s Vineyard Reg.
- Narragansett Reg.
- North Adams
- North Attleboro
- North Middlesex Reg.
- Pioneer Valley Reg.
- Quabbin Reg.
- Shawsheen Valley Reg.
- Upper Cape Cod Reg.
- West Bridgewater
- West Springfield
- Whitman-Hanson Reg.