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11/4/21 (download)
Limited Time Opportunity for CTA Members to Switch Coverage with No Health Questions

11/4/21 (download)
California Casualty: Safety Tips for Driving in the Fall

10/13/21 (download)
California Casualty Home Maintenance and Inventory Tips Workshop

10/13/21 (download)
CTA Introductory Disability Insurance for Brand New Educators and Education Support Professionals

9/21/21 (download)
Special Provident Credit Union Workshop for CTA Members

8/26/21 (download)
Get Back-to-School Deals with CTA Access to Savings!

8/26/21 (download)
Special enrollment opportunity for newly hired CTA chapter members and district transfers for CTA-endorsed Disability and Life insurance

7/22/21 (download)
CTA Members and CA Residents Exclusive Discount for Disneyland

7/22/21 (download)
Buying in the Current Market

6/18/21 (download)
California Casualty Consumer Education Workshops

6/18/21 (download)
Retiring, Transferring or Moving Soon?

5/11/21 (download)
Limited Time Offer for CTA Members to Switch Coverage with No Health Questions

5/11/21 (download)
California Casualty Awards Two Lucky Winners $2,500 Through Its Educator Jackpot Giveaway

4/21/21 (download)
New Educators CTA Member Benefits Enrollment Opportunity Ending Soon

3/11/21 (download)
Protect your paycheck with CTA-endorsed Disability insurance

11/24/20 (download)
Family Status Change Enrollment Opportunity

11/24/20 (download)
Don’t Miss Out On CTA Access to Savings Deals For The Holidays!

2/14/20 (download)
Deep Discounts on Travel: CTA Members Save up to 50%

2/14/20 (download)
Student Loan and Cancer Benefits¹ Exclusively for CTA Members

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Limited Time Opportunity for CTA Members to Switch Coverage with No Health Questions

[Note to Chapter Leaders: If you choose to use this article for your newsletter or website, please use the article in its entirety and do not alter the text in any way other than to change the capitalization, typeface or point size to meet your publication's style guidelines.]

From October 1 through November 30, 2021, CTA members covered by a different insurance company have a special opportunity to apply for CTA-endorsed Disability and Life insurance from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) without answering health questions. Before applying, members should compare their current plan with the CTA-endorsed plans to understand how any differences may impact their personal situation.

Learn more about the benefits of choosing The Standard in this recorded webinar. View webinar.

Compare plans or learn how to switch coverage at standard.com/cta/portover.

For costs and further details of the coverage, including exclusions, benefit waiting periods and any reductions or limitations and the terms under which the policy may be continued in force, please contact Standard Insurance Company at 800.522.0406. GP190-LTD/S399/CTA.1  GP190-LIFE/S399/CTA.3

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California Casualty: Safety Tips for Driving in the Fall

Fall brings cool, crisp weather, and beautiful colors, but it also brings its share of driving hazards. Autumn is damp and foggy in many places and temperatures tend to drop at night. These seasonal changes can impact road conditions.  Here’s What you need to know to stay safe when driving this fall. To read more click here.

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California Casualty Home Maintenance and Inventory Tips Workshop

The weather is changing and so are your home’s needs. None of us want a hefty repair bill right before the holidays. Join our Home Maintenance and Inventory Tips Workshop to learn ways you can identify hazards and avoid future, costly problems in your home. Sponsored by CTA Auto and Home Insurance provider California Casualty.

Date: October 20, 2021
Time: 3:30 pm PST
Zoom: Click here to register

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CTA Introductory Disability Insurance for Brand New1 Educators and Education Support Professionals

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Brand new1 educators or education support professionals who become CTA members for the first time between July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 are automatically enrolled in 9 months of CTA Introductory Disability insurance coverage at no cost to you.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You’re a brand new1 educator or education support professional starting your first job as a California educator or education support professional.
  • You become a CTA member for the first time between July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022.
  • You work an average of at least 15 hours per week.
  • You have an annual contract or equivalent with your employer.
  • You’re not a full-time member of the armed forces.

Enrollment is automatic if you meet eligibility requirements. Learn more at CTAMemberBenefits.org/TheStandard.

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. Disability insurance eligibility requirements apply. For complete terms and conditions, visit standard.com/cta/newhire.

For costs and further details of the coverage and this enrollment opportunity, including the exclusions, benefit waiting periods, and reductions or limitations and the terms under which the policiesmay be continued in force, please contact Standard Insurance Company at 800.522.0406. GP190-LTD/S399/CTA.1

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Special Provident Credit Union Workshop for CTA Members

 

Real Estate Mortgages in the Current Market Presented by Provident Credit Union

Sep 29, 2021, 05:30 PM PST

Join Provident Credit Union for a free financial seminar to get the knowledge you need to take advantage of the current home-buying conditions and CTA’s exclusive mortgage rate discount program for qualified members. Get Details and Register Today

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Get Back-to-School Deals with CTA Access to Savings!

The 2021-2022 back-to-school season is here! With most schools going back in person, it is no secret that teachers everywhere are thinking about prepping their classrooms. Which means, you’ll be on the hunt for a variety of supplies to help make your school year a success. And we are here to say, your CTA Access to Savings benefit has you covered. But don’t take it from us, see what your fellow educators are saying…

“I’m always surprised at the variety of discounts, from electronics to arts and crafts.” -- Erika Zamora, Alvord Unified School District 

“This program helps me stay in my budget!” -- Patricia Cruz, Menifee Union School District

Ready to make the upcoming school year great and save some money doing it? You can visit CTAMemberBenefits.org/ACCESS to start saving or download the My Deals Mobile app to save on the go. With the mobile app, you can take advantage of GPS search, an intuitive mapping tool that makes finding what you need fast and effortless, and location-based alerts that will notify you when you’re in close proximity to a deal. Happy savings!

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Special enrollment opportunity for newly hired CTA chapter members and district transfers for CTA-endorsed Disability and Life insurance

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Newly hired members have a limited-time special opportunity to apply for CTA-endorsed Disability insurance and up to $200,0001 in Life insurance from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) without having to answer any health questions.

  • Disability insurance helps protect CTA members’ paychecks if they’re unable to work due to an injury, illness (including mental health disorders or substance abuse) pregnancy or childbirth. They’ll receive funds paid directly to them to use for things health insurance doesn’t cover. Benefits can be used for rent, mortgage, groceries, student loans and more.
  • Life insurance protects CTA members’ loved ones in the event of their passing. They’ll get access to additional features you can use now.

Members must apply within 270 days from starting their new job. Any CTA member who previously had coverage with The Standard at their old district must re-apply to continue coverage at their new district.

Members can learn more and apply at standard.com/cta/newhire.

1 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 the coverage and this enrollment opportunity, including the exclusions, benefit waiting periods, and reductions or limitations and the terms under which the policies may be continued in force, please contact Standard Insurance Company at 800.522.0406. GP190-LTD/S399/CTA.1; GP190-LIFE/S399/CTA.3

 
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CTA Members and CA Residents Exclusive Discount for Disneyland

Magic is here now that the Disneyland® Resort is open once again. As a CTA member, you are eligible to receive discounted rates on top of California Resident ticket pricing. For as low as $78 per day, you can rediscover the magic of the Disneyland® Resort with the purchase of a 3-day, one park per day ticket. Tickets valid through 9/30/2021 and are not upgradable. Theme Park reservations and valid ticket required for park entry. Check www.disneytraveltradeinfo.com/dlrtkt for important information about park attendance.  This offer is available July 6 through September 23, 2021.

To book your tickets, follow these instructions:

  1. Visit www.CTAMemberBenefits.org/access, Log in and select ‘Access Discounts’
  2. Under ‘Theme Parks’ select the ‘Disneyland Resort’ option
  3. Select the first day of your visit and the number of adult and child tickets requested, then ‘Search Tickets’
  4. MOST IMPORTANT STEP - On the ticket selection page, select “Limited Time Offers” in the upper right corner of the page
  5. Choose between a base ticket (one park per day) or a park hopper option to complete your purchase
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Buying in the Current Market

There are many paths to financial success and CTA Member Benefits and Provident Credit Union are here to help you find the path that works for you.  To support you and your family, we are organizing free webinars with industry experts where you will have the opportunity to ask and get answers to your questions live.

Topics:

  • Buying in the Current Market: Get the knowledge you need to take advantage of the current home-buying conditions. We will guide you through the home buying process.

How to join:

  • No need to register, simply click on the link of your chosen webinar.

When: 

To learn more about your CTA member benefits, please visit www.CTAMemberBenefits.org or Provident Credit Union at www.CTAMemberBenefits.org/Financial-Services/Credit-Union

 

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California Casualty Consumer Education Workshops

CTA’s Endorsed Auto & Home Insurance partner, California Casualty is proud to present its 2021 Summer Consumer Education Workshop Series.   Each 15 to 30 minute workshop is designed to quickly cover what you need to know without a huge time commitment.  Join the California Casualty team for engaging and informative sessions with a fun drawing held at the end of each workshop!

Fire Prevention – Home and Wildland
An important part of home maintenance is fire prevention. This session will cover actions to safeguard your home to prevent a fire. For those who love to camp or simply like having a backyard fire, wildfire prevention will also be reviewed. 
July 20, 2021 @ 11:00 a.m. 
Click Here to Register

Bicycle Safety Tips
Do you like to bike on the trails or cruise around town? California Casualty wants you to be safe while out and about on two wheels. Join us as we discuss safety gear, riding tips, rules of the road, and the excellent health benefits! 
July 22, 2021 @ 11:00 a.m. 
Click Here to Register

Renters Insurance:  Do I really need it?
The simple answer is, yes! This workshop will answer the question “is renters insurance even necessary?” Join us for a review of a renters’ insurance policy, why it is important, what it covers and how it works. Also, included are some helpful moving tips along with additional ways to save on your auto insurance premium when bundling with renters. 
July 28, 2021 @ 11:00 a.m. 
Click Here to Register

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Retiring, Transferring or Moving Soon?

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Retiring, Transferring or Moving Soon?

Retiring after this school year?
Congratulations on your retirement! If you were enrolled in CTA-endorsed Life insurance at the time of retirement, you may be eligible to continue up to 20% of your active coverage into retirement.¹

Eligibility requirements:

  • You are a CTA-NEA Retired Lifetime member.²
  • At the time of retirement, you are insured under the CTA-endorsed Life insurance plan.
  • You must be eligible for monthly benefits under CalSTRS or CalPERS and authorize premium deductions through those benefits.
  • You apply within 120 days of your last day of work before retirement³

Request your Retiree Packet by calling The Standard at 800.522.0406. To help you make the right decision, the packet includes your coverage options and premium amounts if you choose to continue your coverage. Getting close to retirement? You don’t have to wait — you can request your Retirement Packet now.

Changing school districts after this school year?
If you had coverage with The Standard at your prior district, you must reapply for coverage at the new school district within 270 days of starting work, because it doesn't automatically transfer to the new employer. You can continue your coverage at your current level or apply for new coverage levels.
 
Options:

  • Disability insurance to protect your paycheck
  • Up to $200,000 of Life insurance for yourself¹
  • Up to $30,000 of Life insurance for spouse/domestic partner1,4
  • $5,000 of Life insurance for each dependent child1,4

Don’t miss your opportunity to apply without answering health questions. Apply within 270 days from starting your new job at standard.com/cta/newhire.

Making a move?
Call The Standard to update your home mailing address so they can keep your records up-to-date. They’re available
7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday at 800.522.0406 (TTY). Don’t forget to also contact CTA and let us know your new address, too.

 

1 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.
2 To become a CTA-NEA Retired Lifetime member, visit
www.cta.org/retired. You must apply for Lifetime membership by paying a one-time, lifetime membership fee to CTA (important: not annual options).
3 By completing the application, you will authorize The Standard to complete monthly premium deductions through CalSTRS or CalPERS.
4 The amount of Life insurance for each dependent including spouse/domestic partner may not exceed 50% of your Life insurance coverage.
For pricing and further details of coverage such as any exclusions, limitations, reductions and benefit waiting periods, as well as the terms under which the policy may be continued in force, contact The Standard’s dedicated CTA Customer Service Department at 800.522.0406, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
GP190-LTD/S399/CTA.1 GP190-LIFE/S399/CTA.3

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Limited Time Offer for CTA Members to Switch Coverage with No Health Questions

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From April 1 through May 31, CTA members who are covered by a different insurance company have a special opportunity to apply for CTA-endorsed Disability and Life insurance from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) without answering health questions. Before applying, members should compare their current plan with the CTA-endorsed plans to understand how any differences may impact their personal situation.

To help CTA members compare Disability plans or to learn more about the process of switching coverage to The Standard, visit standard.com/cta/portover.

For costs and further details of the coverage, including exclusions, benefit waiting periods and any reductions or limitations and the terms under which the policy may be continued in force, please contact Standard Insurance Company at 800.522.0406 (TTY). GP190-LTD/S399/CTA.1 GP190-LIFE/S399/CTA.3

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California Casualty Awards Two Lucky Winners $2,500 Through Its Educator Jackpot Giveaway

California Casualty just announced the Q1 winners for its $2,500 Educator Jackpot. The $2,500 giveaways will continue throughout the year with six more prizes up for grabs. Educators who need a little spending money in 2021 can enter to win at www.winwithcalcas.com.

San Mateo, CA, April 23, 2021 – Two lucky educators (one active CTA member and one retired NJEA member) just received the news that they were the first to win California Casualty’s $2,500 Educator Jackpot giveaway. Created to bring a little excitement to education professionals across the country, the $2,500 Educator Jackpot will give (8) eight lucky educators $2,500 to spend how they want.

Shannon, an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and California Teachers Association member from Palmdale School District, heard about the $2,500 Giveaway on the California Casualty Facebook page. She plans to use a good portion of the funds for her classroom and students, and the remainder to financially help her daughter who will be attending college in the fall.

Winners for California Casualty’s $2,500 Educator Jackpot will be randomly selected every three months of the year with two winners chosen each round. Different from the previously run Academic Award, the Educator Jackpot prize is granted to the individual - not the school they represent. This change allows recipients the option to spend the funds on anything they need (or want).

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New Educators CTA Member Benefits Enrollment Opportunity Ending Soon

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Congratulations, new educator! You have nearly made it through your first year of teaching – and this year, especially, we know how challenging it has been. 

CTA is here to support you in many ways, including in protecting your financial health. One of the best ways you can protect what matters most to you is with CTA-endorsed Disability and Life insurance plans that can help protect your paycheck and loved ones if something happens to you. 

And now you have a limited-time opportunity to apply for this important coverage without answering health questions.   

New Educator Enrollment Opportunity
If you became a CTA member for the first time within your first 90 days of work, your CTA Member Benefits included CTA Introductory Disability insurance from The Standard, at no cost to you. This coverage extends for 9 months. If you were covered under this plan, you must act soon to continue your coverage

You can continue protecting your paycheck, without having to answer any health questions, when you apply to convert your coverage to CTA-endorsed Voluntary Disability insurance before your Introductory coverage ends. Continue your coverage today
 
District Transfers Enrollment Opportunity
If you transferred to a new district this school year, you have a special opportunity to apply for 
CTA-endorsed Voluntary Disability insurance and up to $200,000 of Voluntary Life insurance without answering health questions when you apply within 270 days of starting work. If you had coverage with The Standard at your prior district, don't forget to reapply at the new school district within 270 days of starting work. 
Apply for coverage

Why choose CTA-endorsed coverage?
Watch this quick video to find out.

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Protect your paycheck with CTA-endorsed Disability insurance

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Do you know how long you or your family can go without your paycheck if you're not able to work due to illness, injury, pregnancy or childbirth? Over half of Americans are financially unprepared for a period of disability.¹ That's where CTA-endorsed Disability insurance can help.

Enrolling in a Disability insurance plan is often one of the most cost-effective ways to protect your paycheck. To help CTA members get quality coverage at group rates, CTA endorses the Voluntary Disability insurance plan by Standard Insurance Company (The Standard).

Learn more
To learn more about CTA-endorsed Disability insurance and how you can apply for coverage, visit CTAMemberBenefits.org/Disability.

 

1 U.S. Social Security Administration, Facts. https://www.ssa.gov/disabilityfacts/facts.html.

For pricing and further details of coverage such as any exclusions, limitations, reductions and benefit waiting periods, as well as the terms under which the policy may be continued in force, contact The Standard’s dedicated CTA Customer Service Department at 800.522.0406, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Standard Insurance Company, 1100 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR  97204   GP190-LTD/S399/CTA.1

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Family Status Change Enrollment Opportunity

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If members have experienced any of these events listed below within the last 60 days, they qualify for a family status change enrollment opportunity. That means they’re eligible to apply for CTA-endorsed Disability insurance and up to $200,000¹ of CTA-endorsed Life insurance from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) without answering health questions.²

  • Marriage, divorce or legal separation
  • Initiation or dissolution of a domestic partner relationship
  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • Death of a spouse/domestic partner or child
  • Commencement or termination of a spouse/domestic partner’s employment
  • Change in employment from full-time to part-time by member or member’s spouse/domestic partner

Members can apply online at CTAMemberBenefits.org/TheStandard

1 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.

2 If any previous application submitted with proof of good health was denied by The Standard, then proof of good health will be required.

For costs and further details of the coverage, including exclusions, benefit waiting periods, any reductions or limitations and the terms under which the policy may be continued in force, please contact Standard Insurance Company at 800.522.0406 (TTY). Standard Insurance Company, 1100 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204.  GP190-LIFE/S399/CTA.3    GP190-LTD/S399/CTA.1

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Don’t Miss Out On CTA Access to Savings Deals For The Holidays!

Do you love your CTA Access to Savings deals? Is this the first time you’re hearing about CTA membership savings of up to 50% on everyday things such as food, clothing, car care, travel, entertainment, home and garden and more?

The CTA Access to Savings network offers you exclusive, value-packed, easily redeemable, convenient savings. You may not even notice this update, but we wanted to let you know of an upcoming change related to the emails you receive from the program:

  • The CTA Access to Savings discount email domain name will be changing from email@member-email.com to cta@enjoymydeals.com.
  • Be sure to add cta@enjoymydeals.com to your email address book to ensure you continue seeing these discount emails in your inbox.
  • Enjoy your deals on your mobile device by downloading the MyDeals app with your CTA program code: 200449 and your 10-digit CTA Member ID.

Any questions? Call (650) 552-5200 or visit CTAMemberBenefits.org/access.

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Deep Discounts on Travel: CTA Members Save up to 50%

Going somewhere? Book now and save 10-50% on hotels, car rentals, theme park tickets and more. Over 400,000 hotel, car rental and travel providers worldwide offer members-only discounts.

CTA Access to Savings is an exclusive benefit for CTA members, featuring the nation’s largest private discount network. Find us at CTA Member Benefits: www.CTAMemberBenefits.org/Access.

Help us provide deals where you dream of saving money and tell us where you travel, dine, and shop using our Recommend a Retailer link after you log-in using your CTA member number!

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Student Loan and Cancer Benefits¹ Exclusively for CTA Members

CTA understands the emotional and financial burden members may experience due to outstanding student loans or being out of work on a disability claim due to a Cancer diagnosis. That’s why CTA created and is providing the Student Loan Benefit and Cancer Benefit for CTA members. These benefits are available at no additional cost to CTA members enrolled in the CTA-endorsed Voluntary Disability insurance plan from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard).

Both benefits are paid in addition to the disability benefits from The Standard. Benefits are paid directly to CTA members to help pay for everyday expenses like student loans, rent/mortgage or child care.
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Protection from a partner you can trust
With more than ten years of service to CTA members and a full-time, dedicated CTA Customer Service Department, The Standard is CTA’s partner for endorsed Disability and Life insurance and is a partner you can trust. Just ask any of the 77,000² CTA members who have chosen The Standard to protect their way of life and loved ones.

1 Student Loan Benefit and Cancer Benefit are offered by CTA to eligible members on approved Disability claims who meet additional specific criteria. CTA provides these benefits at no extra cost, and The Standard acts only as the claims administrator of these benefits. Student Loan and Cancer Benefits are not provided under the Disability insurance policy.

2 As of April 1, 2019, based on data developed by The Standard.

For costs and further details of the coverage provided by Standard Insurance Company, including the exclusions, any reductions, benefit waiting periods or limitations and terms under which the policies may be continued in force, call The Standard’s dedicated CTA Customer Service department at 800.522.0406(TTY), 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday-Friday.

Standard Insurance Company, 1100 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR  97204  GP190-LTD/S399CTA.1  GP190-LIFE/S399/CTA.3

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