The New Jersey Retirees' Education Association (NJREA) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for retired educational personnel by providing interesting and informational programs and social situations for NJREA members; by working with NJEA & NEA organizing for the common good, to pass beneficial state and federal legislation, and get friends of the educational community elected; by providing a wide variety of member services; and by keeping members informed about health insurance and pensions.
Medicare Advantage: Setting the record straight
Health benefits are a confusing concept for many people, and trying to sift through rumors and misinformation doesn’t make the process any easier. The recent confusion about the Medicare Advantage issue and its effect on public school retirees is a perfect example of how easy it is to be misled on this important topic. Following is a detailed overview of the situation—as well as the history of how it came to be—in order to set the record straight. Learn more
Health benefit rates revealed
On September 28, the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission (SEHBC) approved rates for the School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) from which many of our retired members receive their benefits for Plan Year 2017. Rates will take effect January 1, 2017. Learn more
PAC candidates prevail
After months of member outreach, including phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, and campaign events, 12 of NJEA Political Action Committee’s (PAC) 14 endorsed candidates won election last month. Additionally, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won New Jersey’s 14 electoral votes by a large margin, but ultimately fell short of victory in the national election. Learn more
Convention draws crowd
Last month, hundreds of NJREA members converged on Atlantic City for the annual NJREA and NJEA Conventions. “NJREA: Moving forward…adapting to change” continues to be the annual theme, and once again, retirees were called upon to demonstrate their adaptability, especially in the wake of the presidential election. Learn more
2017 Medicare Part B Premiums
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2017 premiums for Medicare Part B programs. For most Medicare beneficiaries already collecting Medicare benefits, there will be a small increase in these premiums. To offset this, there will be a modest 0.3 percent Social Security cost-of-living increase in 2017. Learn more
Working after retirement
If you are considering working after retirement, you should be aware of the restrictions imposed by laws and regulations governing post-retirement employment. For NJEA's interpretation of the state's restrictions, please sign in.
Opportunity for retired educators
The Jefferson Awards is looking for volunteers who are interested in assisting with its K-12 programs. All of their programs center on civic responsibility and teaching New Jersey’s students to help make New Jersey the best it can be. The Jefferson Awards has several opportunities for motivated volunteer, including Students in Action team coaches, Program Assistants, and judges. Learn more