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One of the benefits available to MainePERS members is the Disability Retirement program. Eligible members with a long-term disability receive an income benefit and continue to accrue creditable service until they are able to return to employment.
Who is Eligible Disability Application Package
Disability FAQs Disability Handbook
When to Apply and How to Apply Disability Forms
   
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS

In order to be eligible for disability benefits:  

You must be a member of MainePERS and you have not received any full refund of contributions.  
You must have a mental or physical incapacity (condition or conditions) that makes it impossible for you to perform the duties of your job, or of another job of comparable stature and compensation that your employer has offered you. The condition(s) must result in permanent functional limitations that make it impossible to perform the duties of your employment position.  
You must meet the terms of your specific disability retirement plan as it relates to any age restrictions or other required provisions.  

At the time you became incapacitated, you must have been on your employer’s payroll (which includes any paid leaves of absence) and made contributions to MainePERS. There are no job modifications that your employer is willing to make that would allow you to do your job, such as providing special equipment, or changing your job duties. You may not be eligible for disability benefits if you have fewer than five years of creditable service preceding your last date in service. Please call the Disability Unit for more information.

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WHEN TO APPLY
 

Apply for disability benefits as soon as you become incapacitated, as MainePERS generally cannot pay retroactively for more than six months prior to the date of your application. You may apply even if you have a pending Workers’ Compensation claim.

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HOW TO APPLY
 

To apply for disability benefits follow one of these options:

Download the
Disability Application Package here, complete the fillable documents, print and mail to MainePERS.

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Request the Application Package by contacting us at 1-800-451-9800; (207) 512-3100; TTY (207) 512-3102. (Note: You may not have a service retirement application and a disability application pending; you may not apply for disability after receiving a service retirement benefit.)  

If you require more information than what is provided in the booklet, please contact the MainePERS Disability Unit via one of the numbers above.

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