Why do I need to join NJREA?
As a recipient of a New Jersey TPAF or PERS pension and health benefits, you need to keep informed of any change in your retirement benefits. NJREA is one of the largest retirees’ education organization in the nation and is committed to maintaining the retirement benefits you earned. As a member, you can always contact NJEA and ask for assistance.
I am retired for several years. Can my benefits be changed?
Yes. Recently, retirees lost the COLA – cost-of-living-adjustment – because of pension reform legislation. NJREA / NJEA are working to restore these funds.
I am married. Does my spouse who is also a retired educator also have to join NJREA?
We recommend that every retiree who receives a TPAF or PERS pension and post-retirement benefits join NJREA. Similar to automobile insurance, either of you may need NJEA’s assistance in the future.
Why do I have to be a member if I live out-of-state?
Out-of-State retirees need to know about any New Jersey legislation that may affect their retirement. The NJREA Newsletter is an excellent source of this information.
Even though a retiree does not live in New Jersey, as an NJREA member you are able to discuss public education and employee legislative issues with your family and friends who reside in the state and influence their voting.
I retired in January. Are dues pro-rated?
No. Partial payments cannot be accepted. The dues year is Sept. 1-Aug. 31.
If I have any NEA insurance or use any of their discounts, do I have to be an NJREA member?
Yes. These benefits are available to NEA-R members, and as an NJREA member, you are eligible to receive them.
Is my pension-based Prudential Death Benefit insurance linked to NJREA membership?
Your beneficiary will receive your death benefit insurance regardless of your NJREA membership.
Why didn’t I receive my newsletter?
Have you paid your annual dues? Has your contact information (address, email) changed? A membership chair can check a retiree’s profile on MARS and determine if the member’s record is accurate and dues payment is up-to-date.
As a recent retiree, I have to pay for some of my health benefits. Why should I be an NJREA member?
Part of the Pension Reform legislation requires more recent retirees, and those going forward, to pay a percentage of their post-retirement health benefits. While NJEA and NJREA are working to rescind this requirement, you could not find better health insurance at the minimal price you must pay. If your spouse or family members are covered with your health plan, you actually have a benefit that many of our retirees do not have. Most importantly, as an NJREA member, you are able to contact NJEA for assistance with your health plan or pension.
I paid dues for 35 years as an active member of NJEA. I deserve assistance from NJEA / NJREA as a retiree even though I am not a member. Why is help not available to me?
Think of NJREA membership as the continuation of the “insurance” you had as an active employee. NJEA was involved in protecting your rights and negotiating your salaries and benefits. NJREA continues to advocate for you through our government relations committee and awareness of issues that affect retirees. If you had an automobile insurance for 35 years and dropped it, you could not get assistance from the company if you become involved in an auto accident. NJEA / NJREA assistance is always available to members.
Can county dues be collected for more than one year?
Dues for county membership may be collected for a two-year period because you can indicate payment for two years in MARS. While this may save postage and printing costs, consider the time needed for this recordkeeping. Collection of county dues for more than a two-year period is not recommended.
When a member who has paid for county-life dues dies, are any dues refunded to the person’s estate?
No. The person who pays county life dues may have also used this payment as a tax deduction. The CREA is counting on these dues and any interest they may earn.
Constant Contact and other email service providers require confirmation that our members have given permission to send emails to them. Do we need written permission from each member who wants to receive a newsletter or information via email?
No. If the member has filled out a membership application form and included an email address, the person has given permission to use it for approved association business. If the member wishes to have the email address deleted from his/her profile in MARS, the retiree may log into Njea.org and change his/her own record. A membership chair may change an email address in MARS but should contact the NJEA Membership division before deleting one.
How do I get additional NJREA tri-fold membership application forms?
Contact the NJREA membership committee chair or the NJREA first vice-president and membership forms will be sent.
Who is the NJREA administrative contact at NJEA headquarters?
Cathy Raffaele is the NJEA/NJREA Administrative Assistant. Contact her at 609-599-4561-ext. 2300 or CRaffaele@njea.org. Correspondence to NJREA should be mailed to:
New Jersey Retirees’ Education Association
180 West State Street
PO Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
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