Update for Disability Retirees & Disability Benefit Applicants

March 27, 2020

Disability Application Medical Panel Examinations Suspended


PERAC has notified the State Retirement Board (MSRB) and other Massachusetts public retirement systems that effective immediately, it is no longer scheduling medical panel examinations until further notice in connection with applications filed for disability retirement benefits.  Many previously scheduled appointments have been cancelled due to the impact of COVID-19, due to the Governor’s March 23, 2020 order and CDC guidance. Any remaining scheduled appointments are being cancelled.


The Disability unit at MSRB will continue to submit requests for medical panel examinations for applications which have met the required criteria so any further delay might be reduced when PERAC resumes scheduling.  


The 91A Filing Deadline has been extended to July 15


The new deadline to file the Annual Statements of Earned Income is now July 15, 2020, to correspond with the Internal Revenue Service's filing deadline.


You do not need to contact PERAC’s office to request an extension.


If you have completed your statement already, you may file it now by mail. PERAC’s office is currently closed so they are not able to accept in-person submissions.


If you have questions about the above information you may contact Chanese Brown at cbrown@tre.state.ma.us at the MSRB, or Kate Hogan at PERAC, 617-666-4446.

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