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Judy Foster, President
David Schopp, V.P.

MEA - Retired

  • MEA-Retired Delegates to NEA-RA in Orlando
  • Stay in Seat Team 2015 NEA-RA
  • MEA-Retired Officers Receive Award at the NEA-RA in Orlando
  • Judy Daley MEA-Retired at NEA-RA
  • MEA-Retired Board Meeting March 18
  • Summer Leadership
  • Summer Leadership MEA-Retired Delegates
  • Branko Bojicic BC/BS at Region 13B

Office of Retirement Service Web Site

The Office of Retirement Services has updated their website and has made significant changes that will make it easier for retirees to stay informed about their pension and benefits.  http://www.michigan.gov/orsschools/  We would encourage our members to check out this website.  You might want to check out the sub menu links on the left such as, After Retirment, Insurance, Forms and Publication, and Tutorials & Webinars. 

ORS / MPSERS also now publishes a new and redesigned “Connections” on line.  This semiannual retiree newsletter is very readable and colorful. Connections is a great way to read about retirement issues regarding your pension.  The most recent issue listed on the ORS website is the March 2015 issue.  Here you will find information on the following:

  • System Financials
  • Director’s Message
  • Ask the Expert
  • Address Updates in miAccount are Easy

OFFICE OF RETIREMENT SERVICES HAS MOVED

The Office of Retirement Services (ORS) has moved to the Stevens T. Mason building in downtown Lansing. Going forward, all Board meetings will be held at the Masonic Building, 530 W. Allegan Street, Lansing, MI 48933 in the ORS-Mason Board Room on the first floor.

Please note the entrance is on the north side of the Masonic building from the plaza.  A parking map of this location in Lansing can be found by clicking here.

Report lays out plan for education reform in Michigan

Public Sector Consultants, a non-partisan public policy research firm in Lansing, has released a report offering financial recommendations and policy proposals to move Michigan forward. This comes on the heels of new State Superintendent Brian Whiston's goal of making Michigan one of the top 10 states in the next 10 years. 

Bridge magazine featured the report, "Study offers financial, policy road map for Michigan education reform," which concludes that Whiston's goal won't be met without changes in state funding and more cooperation among groups that have a stake in Michigan's public education. The analysis begins with the premise that when state funding levels dropped, so did student achievement levels. For more information click here:

Blue Cross / Blue Shield to Offer Free Identify Protection to Eligible BCBSM

We have been informed that Blue Cross / Blue Shield will be offering free Identity Protection to all eligible BCBSM members in the near future.  Blue Cross / Blue Shield has placed an add in the Wall Street Journal announcing the program.

What will they be offering?

  1. Credit monitoring
  2. Fraud detection
  3. Credit/identity repair

Some members may not be eligible: Medicare Advantage members may not be included due to Federal guidelines.  This offer ONLY applies to Blue Cross/Blue Shield members.  To view the WSJ ad please click here:

MPSERS PROPOSES 2015-2017 HEALTH CARE CHANGES

The MPSERS (Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System) Board met May 28, 2015. A report was presented about the health care proposed changes for 2016 - 2017. Keep in mind these are only proposals.  No specific proposals were made for prescription drugs. This does not mean there won't be changes.  The information presented was not elaborated on so many questions are unanswered.

Medical Plan:  Emergency Department Copay

  • Average emergency department copay for large employers is $100 per visit
  • Current benefit is $50 for both Medicare and non-Medicare
    • In compliance with CMS rules, Medicare members pay the flat dollar copay until they reach the out-of-pocket maximum
    • Non-Medicare members pay the flat dollar copay once they meet their annual deductible and coinsurance maximum
  • Increase the emergency department copay to $65 per visit

Medical Plan: Additional Benefit Recommendations

•   Expand colonoscopy coverage to include screenings*

  • Remove minimum age
  • Allow every 120 months (or every 24 months if at high risk for colorectal cancer

•   Include coverage for a flu vaccine*

•   Include Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) to the mental health benefit*

•    Remove the deductible requirement for hospice care*

*Already covered for Medicare members

Dental Plan: Additional Benefit Recommendation

•   Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth

•    Many times a better replacement option than fixed bridges or partial dentures

•   Cover dental implants

MPSERS PROPOSES 2015-2017 HEALTH CARE CHANGES

The MPSERS (Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System) Board met May 28, 2015. A report was presented about the health care proposed changes for 2016 - 2017. Keep in mind these are only proposals. No specific proposals were made for prescription drugs. This does not mean there won't be changes. The information presented was not elaborated on so many questions are unanswered.

MEDICAL PLAN RECOMMENDATIONS: DEDUCTIBLES

 

2015

2016

2017

Living Well Program

$700

$750

$850

Living Well plus Medical Home designated PCP

$650

$700

$800

Non-Living Well

$850

$1000

$1000

Alternative Health Program

$0-500

Lower

Lower

OOP Max

$800

$850

$900

 

What's the cost of adequate funding of education in Michigan?

The state is closer to finding out since the process of choosing a contractor to perform an official study has begun with a request for proposals (RFP) posted on the Department of Technology, Management and Budget's website. Potential contractors have until 3 p.m. on Aug. 7 to submit a proposal. The study is part of the negotiations for Proposal 1, the failed road funding ballot proposal. 

The contractor chosen has to be able to determine what resources are necessary to provide a public education that helps students earn the credits they need to be considered proficient in various subjects. The contractor also has to determine if school districts receive funds in a way that guarantees all students have an equal opportunity to be proficient. 

The Legislature approved the study and allocated up to $500,000 to pay for it. Some legislators were concerned that budget decisions were being made without a real answer to how much it costs to provide an adequate education. The results of the study have to be given to the state by March 31, 2016.

Legislature OKs shifting money from School Aid to pay down budget deficit

The Michigan House and Senate passed two bills that balance the 2014-15 budget through fund shifts and cuts to state agencies. HB 4110 covers K-12, community colleges and higher education and calls for shifting money from the School Aid Fund to the General Fund. HB 4112 cuts money from state agencies and departments. Both bills are now on their way to the Governor for his signature. 

HB 4110 replaces $250.3 million in the General Fund with School Aid revenue. A shift of $167.1 million from the School Aid Fund is allocated for community colleges. 

The House and Senate Fiscal agencies provide a full analysis of the cost shifts and the impact on the School Aid Fund.

Both bills are meant to deal with a $325 million projected shortfall in the General Fund.

Contact Gov. Snyder and tell him to veto HB 4110