New Jersey Retirees' Education Association

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Enrollment in Medicare

Retirees and their dependents enrolled in medical coverage through the School Employees’ Health Benefit Program (SEHBP) must enroll in Medicare Parts A and B once eligible. There is no option to waive Medicare for a retiree or a dependent who is Medicare eligible.

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What is coordination of benefits?

Retired members with 25 years of eligible service in New Jersey (or eligible purchased time) who retire from a benefits-eligible position qualify for post-retirement medical and coverage for themselves and qualifying dependents. Health benefits coverage is provided through the state’s School Employees’ Health Benefits Program.

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COLA update

Since the 2024-25 state budget includes a fourth full payment to the pension system, many people are wondering if the COLA reinstatement will soon follow. Considering the high inflation, we are experiencing, retirees are concerned about the diminishing buying power of their pensions.


Fall Luncheon information

Calling all education advocates: Are you looking to make the most of your NJREA membership? Want to hear the latest pension and benefits news? Mark your calendars and join NJREA on Thursday, Sept. 26, for its annual Fall Meeting/Luncheon. This popular member event will be held at the Nottingham Ballroom in Hamilton.

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Spring into Fitness with free online classes

The NJREA fitness initiative has had great success this spring. The last workout held on May 7 was well attended. Members continue to rave about how much they enjoy the


New information for all retiree health benefits programs

Many members with split benefits – where one spouse/partner is Medicare-eligible and the other is non-Medicare eligible – have been having trouble during the Open Enrollment. NJEA Research staff checked

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Election 2024 – Participation means everything

As we enter the 2024 election season, these words will take on a deeper meaning as voters decide just how important democracy is to their families and the country.

This November, New Jersey voters will elect a U.S. President, a U.S. Senator and 12 members of Congress.

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Spend less and stay connected

The NEA Wireless Program is offered in partnership with Consumer Cellular, a top-rated wireless provider that offers cellphones and no-contract service plans. This new initiative supplies NEA members and their families affordable and flexible cellphone service plans.

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NJEA Hardship Relief Fund available to NJREA members

NJEA has created the Hardship Relief Fund to help active, retired and student members through the temporary or permanent loss of their primary residence or the experience of food insecurity.


Learn how to join the group that is changing the face of retired public school employees…the New Jersey Retirees’ Education Association.

MBOS Webinar

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NJREA Scholarships

Do you know any high school seniors with high academic accomplishments, active participation in school activities and is community-service minded? NJREA wants to help them continue their education!

NJREA Office

The NJREA office is located on the first floor (Room 204B) of the brownstone portion of the NJEA building at 180 West State Street, Trenton.

Mailing address

P.O. Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
Attn: Cathy Raffaele, NJEA/NJREA Secretary