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5/9/22 (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

12/10/21 (download)
California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grant Deadline

12/10/21 (download)
Family Status Change Enrollment Opportunity

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?

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California Casualty's Music and Arts Grant

 

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

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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:

    • Student Loan Benefit – up to $400 per month (for a maximum of $2,400)
    • Cancer Benefit – up to $200 per month (for a maximum of $1,000)
  • 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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California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grant Deadline

Time is almost up to apply for the Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grant! Deadline to apply for the grant is January 15, 2022. Do not miss out on the opportunity to receive $1,000 for your middle/high school’s team. Apply Today for this very popular association member benefit.

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Family Status Change Enrollment Opportunity

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Throughout the year, CTA members may be 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  If you had one of the qualifying life events listed below, you can apply for coverage within 60 days of that event.

  • 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

Learn more and 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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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

[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 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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