Coronavirus Response Updates

TRS Continuing Video and Phone Counseling Under Change Effective Sept. 7

Recent months have shown how easily and efficiently members can conduct business with TRS – including having questions answered – using video or phone counseling. Effective Sept. 7, the office will remain open only for receiving or providing paperwork while TRS staff continue assisting members and retirees through video counseling and phone appointments.

Video counseling appointments for members and retirees can be scheduled using Pathway at https://mss.trs.ky.gov. A how-to video is available at https://youtu.be/1BDbkzHm2dM. If further assistance is needed, call 800-618-1687 during business hours.

 TRS will issue further updates as necessary.

The information below for TRS members was issued at various points of the pandemic. Some of the information remains relevant, which is why it remains posted here for the time being.

From the Executive Secretary (2020)

The operations of the Teachers’ Retirement System continue as they normally would during this time despite the Frankfort office remaining closed to visitors and most staff working remotely. So, yes, Kentucky teachers can retire during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’d always planned to retire in 2020, you still can.

TRS continues to issue retirees’ annuity and medical insurance payments as usual, and staff are available to address any concerns. Practically any business with TRS can be conducted – or any question can be answered – remotely using the guidelines outlined below. These guidelines have information based on questions being asked, as of August 2020.

For people covered through TRS retiree health insurance on either the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP) or the Medicare Eligible Health Plan (MEHP), all member cost sharing – including copays, coinsurance and deductibles – for approved diagnostic testing for COVID-19 has been waived. For more information, click below on the links for the MEHP or KEHP.

Follow TRS’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, in addition to the website, for announcements of any further developments, including when in-person visits will resume. Also, any previously scheduled in-person seminar will be conducted as a webinar until further notice.

TRS-specific general information and frequently asked questions

General information and current FAQ

MEHP: Information from UnitedHealthcare for those eligible for Medicare and over 65

MEHP: Information from ExpressScripts for those eligible for Medicare and over 65

MEHP: MEHP updates about HouseCalls, fitness and Buoy symptom tracker

MEHP: UnitedHealthcare Educational Video

KEHP: Executive order requiring insurers to waive deductibles and copays for Covid-19 testing.

KEHP: Information from Anthem

Some Retirees Advised to File 2019 Return to Receive CARES Act Benefit

Notice of Suspension of Witness and Notary Signature Requirements and Certification Form

Prior general information and FAQ (March 16)

Prior general information and FAQ (March 27)

Prior general information and FAQ (April)