Health Benefit Coverage for Eligible Retirees The information below pertains to members of the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System, Legislative Retirement System and Consolidated Judicial Retirement System. For a member of the Legislative Retirement System to be eligible for health benefit coverage, you must have a "first hired" date prior to February 1, 2007, and have five or more years of service. All other eligibility requirements are listed below. When you retire, you are eligible for State Health Plan retiree group coverage if you contributed to TSERS for at least 5 years (not including credit for unused sick leave or credit transferred from the Local Governmental Employees’ Retirement System) while employed as a teacher or state employee. The cost, if any, is determined by when you began state employment and which health plan option you select. TSERS withdrawn service purchased in TSERS does not count toward the 5-year membership service requirement for eligibility for State Health Plan coverage as a TSERS retiree. Visit the State Health Plan's website for more information.