CalSTRS does not provide health or dental insurance coverage as they are collectively bargained at the local school district level. Under California Education Code sections 7000-7008, school districts, community colleges and county offices of education must offer retiring CalSTRS members and their spouses or registered domestic partners the opportunity to continue their medical and dental insurance at their own cost.
Each district has its own policies. Coverage may also be part of your union contract, so your benefits may differ from others in your district. Contact your employer to learn if you will have any health benefits in retirement. Consider setting aside extra money now for your future health benefits.
CalSTRS can deduct health insurance premiums from your monthly retirement benefit and forward the premium to your insurance carrier, if your carrier has an agreement with us and your carrier submits the appropriate paperwork. Contact your employer’s Human Resources to learn more.
While you do not pay into Social Security for your CalSTRS-covered employment, you do pay the Medicare tax of 1.45 percent of gross earnings if you were hired after April 1986. Therefore, you may be eligible for premium-free Medicare Part A coverage on your own or you may qualify through your spouse’s employment. Contact Social Security at 800-772-1213 to determine if you’re eligible for premium-free Medicare Part A.
In 2006, the Teachers’ Retirement Board established a Public Education Health Benefits Task Force to discuss opportunities for CalSTRS and CalPERS to address various challenges that school employers face in providing health benefits to their active and retired employees.
Electronic privacy is crucial for the ongoing success of the Internet as a convenient means to provide customer service. Your personal information will be used only to conduct CalSTRS-related business.
The California State Teachers’ Retirement System website has been developed in compliance with California Government Code §11135, which requires that all electronic and information technology developed or purchased by the State of California is accessible to people with disabilities. There are various types of physical disabilities that impact user interaction on the web. Vision loss, hearing loss, limited manual dexterity, and cognitive disabilities are examples, with each having different means by which to access electronic information effectively.