15. How is a disability pension approved? Can a new employee who is hurt, be declared disabled and receive some type of life pension?
The state employees’ retirement commission’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) accepts applications for disability retirement or petitions for service connected disability retirement with appropriate medical documentation. (See Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 5-169). The MEB makes the determination as to whether a disability is service connected and its decision is final. An employee is eligible for a service connected disability pension immediately upon date of hire – there are no vesting requirements for a service connected disability pension. However, non-service connected disability retirement pensions require 10 years vesting for eligibility.