On September 2, 2016 the Honorable Judge Edwin Wilson certified the Case as a class action, meaning there are now approximately 222,000 members of the “Plaintiff Class.” The Plaintiff Class includes all state retirees who vested in retirement health benefits and certain surviving spouses. The Plaintiff Class specifically includes:
- All members of the N.C. Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (“TSERS”) who retired before January 1, 1988;
- TSERS members who retired on or after January 1, 1988, were hired before October 1, 2006 and have 5 or more years of contributory service with the State of North Carolina; and,
- Certain surviving spouses of former State employees or retirees provided that the death of the employee or retiree occurred prior to October 1, 1986.
If you received a postcard in the mail regarding this case, our records and the records of the Retirement System show that you are a member of the class. Individuals who are only receiving pension payments from the Local Government Employees Retirement System (LGERS) and do not receive pension payments from TSERS are not a part of the class.
If the Court rules in favor of the Plaintiff Class, individual class members may be entitled to recovery of some previously paid premiums or out-of-pocket healthcare expenses and to certain healthcare benefits going forward.