Health Insurance

Overview

Health Insurance

The Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund (CTPF) is pleased to offer health insurance benefits to retirees, survivors, and their eligible dependents. Learn more about eligibility requirements, the enrollment process, available plans, and more below, or download the Health Insurance Handbook for complete health insurance information.

Health Insurance Eligibility

To qualify for CTPF health insurance, the retiree’s final teaching service must have been with Chicago Public/Charter Schools. Retirees, survivors, and their dependents may initially enroll in a CTPF plan once in a lifetime, unless they experience a qualifying event. Qualifying events may include:

  • Change in permanent address that affects availability of an HMO or Medicare Advantage plan
  • Marriage/civil union or divorce/dissolution
  • Birth, adoption, or legal guardianship
  • Termination of a Primary Care Physician for HMO plan enrollees
  • Become eligible for Medicare

Health Plan Options

The current health insurance plans offered by CTPF are:

Non-Medicare Plans

Medicare Plans

Initial Enrollment Period

Retirees, survivors, and their dependents may initially enroll in CTPF health insurance coverage when one of the following events occur:

  • Within 30 days after COBRA continuation coverage under the Board of Education or Charter School active employee group health program ends, unless coverage is cancelled due to non-payment of premium
  • Within 30 days of the effective date of pension/survivor benefits
  • During the annual Open Enrollment Period
  • Within 30 days of first becoming eligible for Medicare
  • When coverage is cancelled by a former group plan through no fault of your own

Enrollment Process

Non-Medicare Plans

Use Health Insurance Enrollment/Change form (CTPF Form 350) to enroll in any non-Medicare health insurance plan. Return the completed form to CTPF.

Medicare Plans

Each Medicare plan offered by CTPF has specific enrollment and documentation requirements:

Designating an Authorized Representative

If you want a family member to assist you with health insurance issues, you may designate an authorized representative who can discuss your health insurance options with a CTPF staff member. An authorized representative does not have power of attorney and cannot make any of your care or treatment decisions. Members who wish to have an Authorized Representative must complete HIPAA Authorized Representative Designation (CTPF Form 345), HIPAA Authorized Representative Designation.

Accessing Your Health Plan Information

To register for access to your health and drug plan information, visit your specific carrier’s website:

Additionally, the following carriers also offer mobile apps that allow you to easily access your health and drug plan information while on the go:

More Information

For complete health insurance information, including current plan rates, premium subsidy eligibility, couple coverage, becoming eligible for Medicare, COBRA, ending coverage, and more, please download the Health Insurance Handbook. You may also contact Member Services, 312-641-4464, with questions or to set up an appointment to meet with a representative.