General Information

Additional Information

Health Insurance Premium Deductions

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.

Medicare Eligibility

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.