CTA Voluntary Group Disability Insurance

CTA Introductory Disability Insurance for Brand New Educators and ESPs

CTA provides brand new1 educators and education support professionals with 9 months of CTA Introductory Disability insurance2 at no cost to you when you join CTA for the first time between 7/1/2021 - 6/30/2022. Learn More 


CTA-endorsed Voluntary Disability Insurance from The Standard

Disability insurance helps protect your paycheck if you’re unable to work due to injury, illness (including mental health disorders and substance abuse), pregnancy or childbirth. Benefits are paid directly to you and can be used for expenses health insurance doesn’t cover.

  • Replaces up to 75% of your daily income3
  • Starts paying benefits after you are out of work for 7 consecutive workdays4
  • Covers any preexisting conditions once you are enrolled and work for 10 consecutive workdays
  • Exclusive access to Student Loan and Cancer Benefits provided by CTA5 

What is Disability Insurance?


Student Loan and Cancer Benefits5

Participants on an approved Disability claim under the CTA-endorsed Disability insurance plan may also be eligible for additional Student Loan and Cancer Benefits:

  • Student Loan Benefit: Active CTA members approved for a disability claim with an active Student Loan may be eligible for an additional benefit of up to $400 per month while you remain disabled (maximum benefit $2,400, not to exceed the balance of the student loan).
  • Cancer Benefit: Active CTA members approved for a disability claim due to cancer may be eligible for an additional benefit of up to $200 per month while you remain disabled (maximum benefit $1,000). 

Both benefits are paid directly to members on top of disability benefits from The Standard and can be used to pay for everyday expenses like student loans, rent/mortgage, or childcare.

Why Get Disability Insurance

Most school districts don’t provide Disability insurance to their employees and most CTA members aren't eligible for California's state disability insurance program. This means you may be left with only sick leave to protect you if you are unable to work due to illness, injury, pregnancy or childbirth. The CTA-endorsed Disability insurance plan was designed to help California educators and education support professionals get quality paycheck protection at group rates.

How to Apply

CTA members can apply any time with satisfactory proof of good health.

There are multiple ways to apply:

  • Apply online (you must be logged in to your CTA Member Benefits account to access)
  • Call The Standard at 800.522.0406, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Schedule a virtual appointment with a Benefits Consultant from The Standard

Special Enrollment Opportunities

You may be eligible to apply for CTA-endorsed Voluntary Disability and Life insurance without answering health questions during these special enrollment opportunities:

  • New Hire and District Transfer Enrollment
    Members new to their district can apply for CTA-endorsed Voluntary Disability insurance and up to $200,000 of CTA-endorsed Voluntary Life insurance6 with no health questions asked within 270 days of starting work at the new district. If you had coverage with The Standard at your prior district, you must reapply at the new school district as the coverage doesn’t automatically transfer to the new employer. Learn More
  • Family Status Change Enrollment
    Members can apply for CTA-endorsed Disability insurance and up to $200,000 of CTA-endorsed Life insurance6 coverage within 60 days following the date of a family status change event, such as birth/adoption, marriage/domestic partnership, divorce/dissolution, loss of spousal employment or other qualifying event. Learn More
  • Chapter Special Enrollment
    A special enrollment opportunity for eligible members of a local CTA chapter to apply without answering health questions – only available every 2-3 years. Talk with your chapter leader about your next special enrollment opportunity.

1 Brand New is defined as an educator or education support professional who has not previously worked in education in the state of California and has never been a CTA member previously. Your first employment record in CTA’s membership database must be no greater than 180 days prior to your CTA membership start date.

2 CTA Introductory Disability insurance available to eligible brand new educators and education support professionals who become CTA members for the first time between 7/1/2021 - 6/30/2022. Disability insurance eligibility requirements apply. You must be an active employee who (1) has an annual contract with an employer, or the equivalent, as agreed to by The Standard and CTA; (2) is a member in good standing of CTA; (3) is a citizen or resident of the United States or Canada; and (4) is scheduled to work an average of at least 15 hours a week over a four-week period, or during your period of employment if less than four weeks. You must not be: (1) a student member of CTA; (2) a non-member of CTA; (3) a retired member of CTA; (4) a full time member of the armed forces of any country.

3 Daily income is based on your regular daily contract salary. Benefits will be reduced by deductible income. Examples of deductible income include: personal leave pay, severance pay, substitute differential pay, catastrophic/extraordinary leave bank, salary continuation, workers’ compensation, work earnings, social security, state disability, CalPERS/CalSTRS benefits.

4 Workdays means any Regular Day(s) of Required Attendance you are required to be actively at work based on the calendar dates of the school calendar and your employment contract in effect on the date you become disabled.

5 Student Loan Benefit and Cancer Benefit are offered to eligible members on approved Disability claims under the CTA-endorsed Disability insurance plan who meet specific criteria.

6 Coverage reduces to 65% of the amount in force at age 70, 45% of the amount in force at age 75 and 30% of the amount in force at age 80. Offer not available to retirees.

For costs and further details of this offer and coverage, including exclusions, benefit waiting periods, any reductions or limitations and the terms under which the policies may be continued in force, please contact Standard Insurance Company at 800.522.0406.

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