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1/18/2023 (download)
The Standard Special New Hire Town Hall - February 7th at 4 p.m.

1/18/2023 (download)
Provident Credit Union Again Partners with NBC Sports Bay Area to Sponsor the 2023 All-Star Teacher Award

12/12/2022 (download)
CTA Access to Savings December Giveaway – Cinemark Gift Cards

12/12/2022 (download)
Family Status Change Enrollment Opportunity

11/16/2022 (download)
CTA Access to Savings November Giveaway – Win $500 for Holiday Travel

11/16/2022 (download)
Limited Time Opportunity for CTA Members to Switch Coverage with No Health Questions

10/21/2022 (download)
CTA Member Benefits New Educator Weekend (South) Pre-Conference

10/21/2022 (download)
Special enrollment opportunity for new hires and district transfers for CTA-endorsed Disability and Life insurance

9/20/2022 (download)
CTA Death and Dismemberment (D&D) Beneficiary

9/20/2022 (download)
Special enrollment opportunity for new hires and district transfers for CTA-endorsed Disability and Life insurance

8/19/2022 (download)
Back-to-School Carpooling Safety Tips by California Casualty

7/18/2022 (download)
Limited Time Disneyland® Resort Offer!

7/18/2022 (download)
Last Call! Member Benefits Strand at CTA Summer Institute - Register Soon to Join Us!

6/23/2022 (download)
CTA Summer Institute - Registration is Now Open!

6/23/2022 (download)
California Casualty's Music and Arts Grant

5/9/22 (download)
Limited Time Opportunity for CTA Members to Switch Coverage with No Health Questions

4/7/22 (download)
California Casualty's Staycation Giveaway

3/10/22 (download)
A Spring Cleaning & Donation Checklist

3/10/22 (download)
New to your School District this Year?

2/4/22 (download)
New members, register soon! CTA Member Benefits Pre-Conference at NEW Educator Weekend (North)

2/4/22 (download)
Student Loan and Cancer Benefits Exclusively for CTA Members

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The Standard Special New Hire Town Hall - February 7th at 4 p.m.

Members new to your district have a limited-time opportunity to apply for CTA-endorsed Disability insurance and up to $400,000 of Life insurance1 without answering health questions. You and your new hires/district transfers are invited to learn more at our Town Hall on February 7th at 4 p.m. 

We’ll cover:

  • New Hire and District Transfer special enrollment opportunity
  • CTA-endorsed Disability and Life insurance plans
  • Extra benefits for CTA members
  • How to enroll
  • Q&A

Registration is required: stdrd.co/townhallfeb7

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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Provident Credit Union Again Partners with NBC Sports Bay Area to Sponsor the 2023 All-Star Teacher Award

Our endorsed credit union partner, Provident Credit Union, would like to express their appreciation to CTA members. Since 2010, Provident has partnered with NBC Sports Bay Area to sponsor the All-Star Teacher Award. Originally established in 2007 Provident Credit Union and NBC Sports Bay Area have awarded $260,000 to California schools.

The All-Star Teacher Award recognizes Northern and Central California teachers at the middle or high school levels.  In addition to having $30,000 donated to his or her school, the winning teacher will be announced at a San Francisco Giants game during an NBC Sports broadcast.

Nominations for teachers who make a difference in their schools and communities are due by February 6, 2023.  Nomination forms are available at NBCSportsBayArea.com/AST and at all Provident Community branches.

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CTA Access to Savings December Giveaway – Cinemark Gift Cards

This holiday season, we’re giving CTA members a chance to win one of five $100 Cinemark gift cards! There’s no better time of year to enjoy your favorite blockbusters on the big screen with friends and family. All you have to do is visit https://cta.enjoymydeals.com/ now through December 21st and sign in. That’s it! You’ll be automatically entered to win. If you haven’t signed up for your CTA Access to Savings yet, make sure you do so you can enter to win!

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Family Status Change Enrollment Opportunity

[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.]

CTA members who experienced any of the events listed below within the last 60 days qualify for the family status change enrollment opportunity. That means they’re eligible to apply for CTA-endorsed Disability insurance and, effective July 1, 2022, up to $400,000 of CTA-endorsed Life insurance1 from 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 have 60 days from the event to apply or make a change. They can apply online at standard.com/cta/fsc.

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

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CTA Access to Savings November Giveaway – Win $500 for Holiday Travel

CTA members! Don’t miss your chance to win $500 for holiday travel! ENTER TO WIN now through December 7th by visiting CTA.enjoymydeals.com. You must be signed in. YES, you read right! You’re automatically entered to win just by visiting your CTA Access to Savings discount program site. GOOD LUCK!

Terms & Conditions: To be eligible to win, you must be signed up for CTA Access to Savings. Enter to win by visiting your CTA Access to Savings discount program website November 9 - December 7 (starts and ends at midnight MST) and simply sign in. Maximum of one entry per day. The more days you visit your CTA Access to Savings website, the more chances you have to win. Winner will be notified via email and phone by Friday, December 9, 2022. The winner must respond back to claim their winnings no later than Wednesday, December 14. Once the winner has claimed, a $500 Visa eGift Card will be emailed to them directly. Giveaway is fulfilled and sponsored by Access V.G. LLC. Giveaway eligibility includes all registered CTA Access to Savings members. No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited.

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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, 2022, 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 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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CTA Member Benefits New Educator Weekend (South) Pre-Conference

Join Member Benefits on Friday December 16, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County for the New Educator Weekend (South) Pre-Conference! For information about the CTA Member Benefits Pre-Conference, download the flyer or visit CTAMemberBenefits.org/NEWSOUTH22.

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Special enrollment opportunity for new hires and district transfers for CTA-endorsed Disability and Life insurance

 

[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.]

Newly hired educators and education support professionals have a limited-time, special opportunity to apply for CTA-endorsed Disability insurance and up to $400,0001 in Life insurance from Standard Insurance Company without having to answer any health questions. The Standard is the only CTA-endorsed provider for Disability and Life insurance.

  • Disability insurance can help protect CTA members’ paychecks if they’re unable to work due to an injury, illness (including mental health conditions 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.  Where health insurance pays your doctor, Disability insurance pays you.
  • Life insurance helps protect CTA members’ loved ones in the event of their passing. They’ll also get access to additional features you can use now.

District Transfer? CTA members who previously had coverage with The Standard must re-apply to continue coverage at their new district, as coverage doesn't automatically transfer.

Members must apply within 270 days from starting their new job.

Learn more or 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

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CTA Death and Dismemberment (D&D) Beneficiary

 

The CTA Death and Dismemberment (D&D) Plan is an automatic benefit available to eligible CTA members at no additional cost. If an eligible CTA member dies or suffers a dismemberment (i.e., suffers a loss of limb or other qualifying injury), her/his beneficiary(ies) will receive a lump-sum cash payment.

Although no enrollment is required for eligible members to receive coverage under the CTA D&D Plan, eligible CTA members should designate (a) beneficiary(ies).  You can learn more about the CTA Death and Dismemberment (D&D) Plan and assign your beneficiary(ies) at www.CTAMemberBenefits.org/dd

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Special enrollment opportunity for new hires and district transfers for CTA-endorsed Disability and Life insurance

[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.]

Newly hired educators and education support professionals have a limited-time, special opportunity to apply for CTA-endorsed Disability insurance and up to $400,0001 in Life insurance from Standard Insurance Company without having to answer any health questions. The Standard is the only CTA-endorsed provider for Disability and Life insurance.

  • Disability insurance can help protect CTA members’ paychecks if they’re unable to work due to an injury, illness (including mental health conditions 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.  Where health insurance pays your doctor, Disability insurance pays you.
  • Life insurance helps protect CTA members’ loved ones in the event of their passing. They’ll also get access to additional features you can use now.

District Transfer? CTA members who previously had coverage with The Standard must re-apply to continue coverage at their new district, as coverage doesn't automatically transfer.

Members must apply within 270 days from starting their new job.

Learn more or 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

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Back-to-School Carpooling Safety Tips by California Casualty


Considering that other parents are making the same hectic trek, there’s an opportunity to lighten the load. Carpooling. Not only can carpooling free up your schedule, but it can also help you save on gas. (Definitely a bonus!) Follow these tips to set up your carpool experience for success.  To learn more, click here https://bit.ly/3Pr9sJM

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Limited Time Disneyland® Resort Offer!

 

Don’t miss this Golden State opportunity! For a limited time, residents from all over California can visit the Disneyland® Resort theme parks for as little as $78 per day with the purchase of a 3-day, 1-park per day ticket. Restrictions Apply.

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Last Call! Member Benefits Strand at CTA Summer Institute - Register Soon to Join Us!

Register soon to join us this weekend at the CTA Summer Institute Member Benefits Strand on July 24-28, 2022 at UCLA. Our theme is Strengthen your Association with CTA/NEA Member Benefits Engagement. This fun-filled, 5-day journey is designed to help current and future leaders get more familiar with CTA/NEA Member Benefits programs and the important role you fulfill by promoting strong member recruitment and engagement plans. Click here to register.

Special speakers and sessions include:

  • E. Toby Boyd, CTA President
  • David Goldberg, CTA Vice President
  • Generation Debt: Student Loan Forgiveness with Sean Mabey, NEA Member Benefits
  • Educator’s Guide To A Successful Retirement with the CTA Retirement Savings Plan Team
  • Building Short Communications Campaigns and How Our Stories Unite Us
  • Member Panels: Success Stories of Engaged Memberships & Recruiting and Engaging New and Early Career Educators
  • And more!

MEMBER BENEFITS AWARDS for REGISTRATION, LODGING & TRAVEL ARE AVAILABLE for Leaders! For information, visit CTAMemberBenefits.org/SI2022 or call (650) 552-5200.

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CTA Summer Institute - Registration is Now Open!

 

Join CTA Member Benefits from JULY 24-28, 2022 @ UCLA for a fun-filled 5-day journey to strengthen your association with CTA/NEA Member Benefits engagement. MEMBER BENEFITS REGISTRATION, LODGING & TRAVEL AWARDS ARE AVAILABLE! For information about the CTA Member Benefits Strand at Summer Institute, download the 2022 MB SI Flyer or visit CTAMemberBenefits.org/SI2022.

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Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Apply! The Deadline is Approaching!

 

CTA Members! California Casualty’s Music and Arts Grant program will award individual members with a $250 grant for their classroom or program. This is a very popular association member benefit. They plan on awarding approximately 60 grants this year.  Applications received by July 2, 2022 will be notified of their status by September 30, 2022. Applications received after July 2, 2022 will be considered for an award during the next program cycle. Quick Entry Link!

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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 April 1 through May 31, 2022, CTA members covered by a different insurance carrier have a special opportunity to switch their coverage to 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's Staycation Giveaway

California Casualty, the providers of the CTA endorsed Auto and Home insurance program, wants to help you escape the everyday with $10,000 to spend your way. Get that hot tub you’ve always wanted, create your dream kitchen, turn your backyard into an oasis, add a media room the whole family can enjoy – the possibilities are endless, but only if you enter to win. You give back every day…now it’s time to take care of yourself. The winner for the $10,000 prize will be randomly selected in October. Enter today!

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A Spring Cleaning & Donation Checklist

Before stowing your supplies, go through the checklists below to finish your spring cleaning (inside and out) before the lazy days of summer hit. -You’ll also find tips for recycling or donating items like extra business wear, old shoes, and leftover paint!  To learn more, click here https://bit.ly/33jQ6Uz

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New to your School District this Year?


*Based on the claims decisions data developed by The Standard for period of 9/1/18 - 8/30/21.

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You’ve got a limited-time opportunity to apply for CTA-endorsed Disability insurance and up to $200,000 of CTA-endorsed Life insurance from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) – with no health questions asked. Just apply within 270 days of starting work to take advantage of this opportunity.

This enrollment opportunity offers you:

  • Disability insurance to help protect your paycheck
  • Up to $200,000 of Life insurance for yourself1
  • Life insurance coverage options for Spouse/Domestic Partner and Dependent children.

Why Choose The Standard

  • They’ve been endorsed by CTA Member Benefits since 2007.
  • CTA-endorsed Disability insurance comes with additional benefits if you meet specific criteria while on an approved disability claim:

  • CTA-endorsed Life insurance includes additional features you and your loved ones can access now.

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

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New members, register soon! CTA Member Benefits Pre-Conference at NEW Educator Weekend (North)

New members are invited to attend the CTA Member Benefits Pre-Conference, All that Jazz! Tune into an overview of your CTA/NEA Member Benefits on Friday February 25, from 9 am – 3:45 pm PST prior to New Educator Weekend (N).  The main conference will be held in-person at the Santa Clara Marriott February 25-27, 2022.  

CTA Member Benefits will be presenting their “Greatest Hits”, including guest speakers highlighting the CTA 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan and Student Loan Forgiveness.

For more information about the CTA Member Benefits Pre-Conference, please visit www.ctamemberbenefits.org/NEWN2022

We are providing release time for the pre-conference, which means CTA Member Benefits will reimburse your employer for your substitute on Friday, February 25, 2022, to assist with your availability to attend. Be sure to request release time and provide the necessary information when registering.

The Friday Pre-Conference is FREE to attend, and space is limited so don’t wait. Register today!

To register for the pre-conference and conference, please click on the link below: 2022 New Educator Weekend - North - California Teachers Association (cta.org)

For additional questions, contact the CTA Member Benefits Department at memberbenefits@cta.org or (650)552-5200.

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Student Loan and Cancer Benefits Exclusively for CTA Members

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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 worked with The Standard to offer the Student Loan Benefit and Cancer Benefit for CTA members enrolled in CTA-endorsed Disability insurance.

Student Loan Benefit: Active CTA members approved for a disability claim under the CTA-endorsed Voluntary Disability insurance plan with an active student loan may be eligible for an additional benefit of up to $400 a month (for a maximum of $2,400, not to exceed the balance of the student loan).1

Cancer Benefit: Active CTA members approved for a disability claim due to cancer under the CTA-endorsed Voluntary Disability insurance plan may be eligible for an additional benefit of up to $200 a month (for a maximum of $1,000).1

These benefits are provided at no additional cost to members and are available for qualified disability claims. Both benefits are paid directly to CTA members in addition to the disability benefits from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) and can be used to help pay for everyday expenses like student loans, rent/mortgage or childcare.

To apply for CTA-endorsed Disability insurance or learn more about these benefits, visit the CTA Member Benefits website. Visit the website

1 Student Loan Benefit and Cancer Benefit are offered to eligible members on approved Disability claims who meet additional specific criteria
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, 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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