Helpful Links State Health Plan of North Carolina North Carolina takes care of state employees and state retirees by offering medical healthcare plans. The State Health Plan offers benefits such as two PPO options, prescription drug coverage, the NC HealthSmart Wellness Program, and incentives that encourage healthy habits. Subscribe to its complimentary e-newsletter, Member Focus, to keep up-to-date on your pharmacy and health benefits, plus health and savings tips. Subscribe on the State Health Plan website at www.shpnc.org. NC 401(k) and NC 457 Plans The NC 401(k) and NC 457 Plans are offered as supplemental retirement savings options to public employees in North Carolina. With the opportunity to save through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis (and/or with Roth after-tax contributions in the NC 401(k) Plan), you can choose the savings method that works best for you. NC 403(b) Program The NC 403(b) Program is a low-cost, centrally-administered retirement option for K-12 public school employees. Participants have several investment options to choose from, whether they want to actively manage their portfolio, or use target date funds which will provide an appropriate mix of stocks and bonds based on your retirement date. NC 401(k)/NC 457 Transfer Benefit Members of the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System and Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System have the option to transfer their NC 401(k) or NC 457 funds to the NC Retirement System to receive an additional monthly benefit. Members of TSERS with NC 403(b) accounts or other supplemental savings accounts, such as an IRA, who wish to use the transfer benefit must first establish an NC 401(k) or NC 457 retirement account to move the 403(b)/IRA funds into prior to retirement. Employees with the State Employees' Credit Union, a transfer fund partner, are available to advise you on whether this benefit is right for you. Visit SECU's Transfer Benefit Web page for more information. Optional Supplemental Insurance Pierce Insurance Agency Inc. offers optional supplemental insurance coverage to retirees. Premiums can be deducted from members’ monthly retirement benefit. Pierce provides vision and dental coverage, as well as Identity Theft Protection. Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) SHIIP answers questions and counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare prescription drug plans, long-term care insurance and other health insurance concerns. Medicare In addition to your State Health Plan benefits, State Health Plan law requires you to enroll in Medicare Part B coverage, as well as Part A, when you become eligible as a retiree, in order to maintain your same level of coverage under the State Health Plan. Find answers to your Medicare questions here. Social Security Benefits Estimator The Social Security Benefits Estimator helps you to better understand your Social Security protection as you plan for your financial future. The benefit calculator can answer all your questions about payments and options. Social Security Statement If you have questions about your Social Security statement, this site has frequently asked questions that can guide you in the right direction for an answer. Apply for Social Security Online The Social Security Administration has a wealth of information for current employees and retirees alike, including retirement planning calculators, Medicare information, and how to apply for benefits. Social Security Publications The Social Security Administration produces a number of up-to-date online publications that include information about retirement benefits, disability benefits, survivor's benefits, and more. U.S. Department of Labor - Employee Benefits Security Administration The Employee Benefits Security Admistration provides a wealth of information for employees and employers. Association Partners North Carolina Association of County Commissioners The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners is an active statewide local government association. This site provides information for its members, employees, and the general public. North Carolina Association of Educators NCAE's mission is to advocate for members and students, to enhance the education profession, and to advance public education. On this site you can find news, e-publications, and key information for state educators. North Carolina Association of School Administrators NCASA is an organization under which North Carolina school administrator groups are unified. NCASA provides to all these groups broad based membership services, professional development, financial services, communication, legal counsel, legal fees liability insurance, and lobbying services. North Carolina League of Municipalities The North Carolina League of Municipalities is a nonpartisan association of municipalities in North Carolina. Its site brings together the towns and cities of the state and keeps readers up-to-date with the latest news affecting residents of North Carolina’s cities, towns, and villages. North Carolina Retired Governmental Employees' Association Its slogan, "For those who have made a living and now wish to make a life," sums up what the NCRGEA does for the governmental retirees of North Carolina. They are the largest association in North Carolina devoted to working for the benefit of state and local government retirees and they offer legislative updates by e-mail, vision and dental benefits, and more. North Carolina Retired Peace Officers Association The North Carolina Retired Peace Officers Association is a volunteer organization of approximately 5,000 members across the state. Membership is made up of retired law enforcement officers from local and state agencies within the State of North Carolina. The organization also includes federal and military law enforcement officers who worked in North Carolina or now live in North Carolina. North Carolina Retired School Personnel Retirees from school organizations in North Carolina, or from other states who now reside in North Carolina, are eligible to join the North Carolina Retired School Personnel. Here you will find information about becoming a member, legislative information and news that affects you, and a calendar of activities, such as leadership conferences. Professional Educators of North Carolina PENC is a nonpartisan organization that provides employment support, legal counsel, liability insurance, lobbying and communication services to educators across North Carolina. Among other things, PENC offers scholarships, grants, and free workshops for its members. PENC's mission is to promote education reform for the benefit of all North Carolina children while ensuring the recruitment, development and retention of qualified educators. State Employees' Association of North Carolina At 55,000 members strong, SEANC is the largest independent public employees association in the nation. Some of the many benefits offered by the SEANC include the Member Discount Program, insurance programs, scholarship opportunities, and training sessions.