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Division of Pensions & Benefits

Welcome to the N.J. Division of Pensions & Benefits

Our mission is to provide quality benefits and services to meet the needs of our clients. Learn More

Active Employees

Active Employees

Active Employees are employees of the State of New Jersey, Local Government, and Local Education.

Retirees

Active Employees

Retired members are retirees of the State of New Jersey, Local Government, and Local Education.

Employers

Active Employees

Employers who participate in the State-administered Retirement Systems and Benefit Programs.


1.12.21 The processing of reimbursement checks for 2019 income-related adjustments to Medicare Part B and/or Medicare Part D premiums is approximately 75% complete. We anticipate all reimbursements to be mailed by the end of February.

1.11.21 The GASB 75 Reports for the State Retired Fund are now posted.

12.31.20 Health benefit deductions were made in error from the January 1, 2021, retirement payments of some retirees enrolled in the SEHBP. The problem has been identified and corrected for future retirement payments. Checks will be mailed to retirees who are due refunds with delivery expected on or before February 18, 2021. Please continue to check the NJDPB website for future refund check delivery date details.

12.28.20 New ID cards for SEHBP members are being processed for plan changes effective 1/1/2021. If you have not yet received your new member ID card, please sign in at Horizon or use the Horizon Blue app to access your member ID card. For members enrolled in the New Jersey Educators Health Plan from another Horizon BCBSNJ plan, the member ID number remains the same.

12.8.20 The pension loan interest rate for calendar year 2021 has been set by the New Jersey State Treasurer at 5.75% per annum on the declining balance of the loan. The administrative processing fee remains at $15.00 per loan. For additional information, see the Pension Loans webpage.

12.3.20 Effective January 1, 2021, all non-Medicare retirees covered through the SEHBP will be enrolled in the New Jersey Educators Health Plan (NJEHP), a new medical plan created under P.L. 2020, Chapter 44. For details on the NJEHP plan design, see the Chapter 44 FAQ.

10.30.2020 Fiscal Year 2021 Local Employer Billing and FY 2020/2021 Employer Comparisons are now posted for the Public Employees' Retirement System and the Police and Firemen's Retirement System. Find out more.

9.2.20 Find a healthcare provider with Amino, a free service provided for active employees and non-Medicare retirees enrolled in the SHBP, SEHBP, or CWA Unity plans. Amino is a fast, easy, and smart way to find and book healthcare online. See the Amino Overview or sign up and log in to Amino for SHBP, SEHBP, or CWA Unity.

8.13.20 On August 3, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 172 which waives the 60-day waiting period for enrollment in the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) for newly hired employees and members returning from retirement, layoff, etc. See the Certifying Officer Letter for further details.

Planning for retirement? See our Online Guide to Retirement

Need to change your name or address? Report a death? Add a family member to your benefits? See the Life Events tab to learn more.

MBOS Snapshot:

The Member Benefits Online System (MBOS) gives registered users internet access to pension and health benefit account information and online applications. Some options include:

  • Retrieving your Personal Benefits Statement
  • Designating a Beneficiary
  • Getting a Pension Loan
  • Applying for Withdrawal
  • Applying for Retirement
  • Retrieving your letters and statements

You may log on or register using the "Access my MBOS Account" section located at the top of every page.

Need to change your name or address? Report a death? Add a family member to your benefits? See the Life Events below to learn more.

Address Change

If you fall into the following categories, a Change of Address form should be completed:

  • Active employees and retirees enrolled in the ABP or DCRP
  • Active employees and retirees enrolled in the SHBP/SEHBP
  • Retirees of the PERS, TPAF, PFRS, SPRS, and JRS

Active employees enrolled in the PERS, TPAF, PFRS, SPRS, or JRS should notify their Human Resources representative of their name or address change. The NJDPB does not retain addresses for these employees.

Name Change

Active members and retirees can complete an Affidavit of Name Change form and submit it to the NJDPB along with required documentation.

Active Employees

  • It is your responsibility to add a dependent to your health plan coverage within 60 days of the qualifying event. You also must submit proof of dependency documentation along with your application to your employer. If you miss the deadline, you will have to wait until the annual open enrollment period to add your dependent to your plan. There may be a change in the amount deducted from your pay due to your coverage-level change.
  • Employees can easily review and change life insurance/pension beneficiary designations online using MBOS. Look for "Access myNewJersey" above.
  • State Active Employees Only: Add your spouse/partner or dependent to your Tax$ave Medical Flexible Spending Account and/or Tax$ave Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account.

Retirees

  • It is your responsibility to add a dependent to your health plan coverage. You must enroll your child within 60 days of the date of the qualifying event. You also must submit proof of dependency documentation along with your application to the NJDPB. If you miss the deadline, your dependent will be enrolled on the first of the month following a 60-day waiting period. There may be a change in the amount deducted from your retirement allowance (if self-paid) due to your coverage-level change.
  • Retirees can easily review life insurance/pension beneficiary designations online using MBOS.

To register or log on to MBOS, look for "Access myNewJersey" above.

When removing a dependent child from your coverage (for any reason) there may be a change in the amount deducted from your paycheck or retirement check (if self-paid) due to your coverage-level change.

  • To remove a child from your health coverage, Active Employees should submit an application to their Human Resources representative. Retirees and COBRA recipients must submit an application directly to the NJDPB.
  • Dependent children's coverage will be terminated at the end of the year in which they turn age 26. It is your responsibility to apply for continued coverage under Chapter 375 or COBRA for the dependent child, if desired.
  • A child who has reached age 26 and is disabled due to a mental or physical disability and dependent upon you for support can remain covered as a dependent if the child's disabled status is approved.
  • A child who has reached age 26 and a COBRA recipient may continue coverage under COBRA for a period of 36 months.

If your spouse’s employment status changes (e.g., starts or leaves a job), you can enroll/disenroll him or her in your health plan. Proof of new coverage or proof of loss of coverage is required. There will be a change in the amount deducted from your paycheck or retirement check (if self-paid) due to your coverage-level change. Active Employees should submit an application and proof of coverage documentation to their Human Resources department. Retirees and COBRA recipients should submit an application and proof of coverage documentation to the NJDPB.

If you divorce or dissolve your civil union or domestic partnership, you must remove your former spouse or partner from your health plan when the event occurs. There will be a change in the amount deducted from your paycheck or retirement check (if self-paid) due to your coverage-level change.

  • Active Employees must notify their Human Resources department.
  • Retirees and COBRA recipients must submit an application to change status to the NJDPB.

Other Considerations:

Leave of Absence: Taking a Leave of Absence without pay for illness or family leave can have an impact your service credit, retirement, and health benefits coverage. Upon returning to employment from a leave of absence, you may be eligible to purchase service credit .

PERS, TPAF, and PFRS members are eligible to purchase service credit for official leaves of absence without pay.

Disability: If you have general questions regarding temporary or permanent disability benefits, you must contact your employer’s human resources representative or benefits administrator.

Workers' Compensation can impact pension contributions, life insurance, and health benefits.

Other considerations:

Active Employees

  • It is your responsibility to add a new spouse/partner to your health plan coverage within 60 days of the date of marriage or partnership. You also must submit proof of dependency documentation along with your application to your employer. If you miss the deadline, you will have to wait until the annual open enrollment period to add him or her to your plan. There will be a change in the amount deducted from your paycheck due to your coverage-level change.
  • Employees can easily review and change life insurance/pension beneficiary designations online using MBOS. Look for "Access myNewJersey" above.
  • State Active Employees Only: Enroll your spouse/partner in your Tax$ave Medical Flexible Spending Account.

Retirees

  • It is your responsibility to add a new spouse/partner to your health plan coverage within 60 days of the date of marriage or partnership. You also must submit proof of dependency documentation along with your application to the NJDPB. If you miss the deadline, your spouse/partner will be enrolled on the first of the month following a 60-day waiting period. There may be a change in the amount deducted from your retirement check (if self-paid) due to your coverage-level change.
  • Retirees can easily review and change their tax withholdings and life insurance/pension beneficiary designations online using MBOS. To register or log on to MBOS, look for "Access myNewJersey" above.

The NJDPB should be notified of the death of an employee or retiree as soon as possible. Beneficiaries of pension and/or life insurance payments and surviving spouse/partner/dependents on the member's health insurance coverage will be notified by mail. Required forms and documentation should be returned to the NJDBP immediately in order to process payments and/or provide insurance.

Death of Spouse/Partner/Dependent: If your spouse/partner or dependent child passes away, he or she must be removed from your health plan. There may be a change in the amount deducted from your paycheck or retirement check (if self-paid) due to the coverage-level change.

  • Active Employees must notify their Human Resources department.
  • Retirees and COBRA recipients must submit an application to change coverage level to the NJDPB.

Other Considerations:

  • Review your life insurance and pension beneficiary designations via MBOS and make changes as necessary.
  • State Active Employees Only: Disenroll your spouse/partner/dependent from your Tax$ave Medical Flexible Spending Account or Dependent Care Spending Account.

Pension Boards and Health Benefits Commission Information

Employer Pensions and Health Benefits Training

The NJDPB presents employer training for Certifying Officers and other personnel responsible for the administration of pensions and benefits at employing locations. All training is designed to include recent changes to administrative rules, State and federal laws.

The Division of Pensions & Benefits’ seminars and webinars help members of the PERS, TPAF, PFRS, or DCRP understand their benefits on a variety of topics – in addition to planning for retirement. Seminars are live classroom sessions provided at locations across the State. Webinars are live, interactive web presentations hosted by GoToMeeting. Both seminars and webinars conclude with a brief Q&A period.

For inclement weather cancellations, call 609-292-6649.

The Division of Pensions & Benefits has all financial reports available on our Financial Reports page.

Videos

Related Videos - to see more videos, please refer to our video library

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 01/12/21