Living with a disability can be challenging for you and your family, and requires a long-term financial plan. ERSGA is here to assist you with navigating the steps to a potential Disability Retirement.

A Disability Retirement benefit is available for members of ERS, PSERS, and JRS. Years of creditable service for eligibility, benefit, and benefit calculation differ according to plan. Visit your plan page and see your plan handbook for more details.

Qualifying for a Disability Retirement

In general, you must be unable to perform your job, or any offered alternative position, due to a permanent medical condition(s). This determination will be made by the ERSGA Medical Board based on a review of the medical information provided by you as part of your Disability Retirement Application. Only the ERSGA Medical Board can approve an application for Disability Retirement. If the ERSGA Medical Board determines that you do not meet the requirements for a Disability Retirement, your application will be denied.

Application Process

You will find the Disability Retirement Application on this website under Forms. Look for your correct application form based on the plan you are covered under.

Social Security Disability

If you have been contributing to Social Security, you may also be eligible to apply for a disability benefit from Social Security. ERSGA representatives are not able to answer any questions or provide any information on Social Security benefits. Please visit the Social Security website for more information.

Long Term Disability

If you elected Long Term Disability coverage during Annual Enrollment, you may be eligible for a benefit from that plan. Visit the GaBreeze website.