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Teachers Retirement System (TRS)

What Is the Teacher Retirement System (TRS)?

In Alabama, the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) provides benefits to qualified members employed by state-supported educational institutions, including public employees of K-12 school systems, two-year Community Colleges, four-year higher education institutions, and state education agencies.

The TRS was established October 1, 1940, by the Alabama Legislature for the purpose of providing retirement allowances for teachers of the state of Alabama. Benefits are calculated based on the average of the highest 3 years of the last 10 years of creditable service.

Public Education Employees Health Insurance Plan (PEEHIP) was created in 1983 to provide health insurance benefits to active and retired public education employees. PEEHIP offers three Hospital/Medical plans, four Optional Coverage plans, one Supplemental plan, and two Flexible Spending Accounts. By statute, PEEHIP is governed by the same board as TRS.

Cost of living adjustments (COLA) to TRS benefits require the Alabama legislature to enact a piece of legislation.

If you are interested in legislative actions that affect TRS and/or PEEHIP, the Retirement Systems of Alabama website https://www.rsa-al.gov/about-rsa/legislation/ provides information about legislative actions that will affect TRS and/or PEEHIP.

Contact the politician that represents you in Montgomery to voice any concerns or support for legislative actions. One easy way to find the names of your representatives is to go to the following website:https://capwiz.com/state-al/home/

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