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Judy Foster, President
Kay Walker, V.P.

MEA - Retired

  • Your Three Officers at Work
  • Committee Chairs Meeting Sept 15
  • Judy Foster speaks to Chapter Presidents at Summer Leadership
  • Branko Bojicic speakmmer Leadership
  • Tim Greimel speak to MiARA members at MEA Headquarters
  • At Dinner Prior to Board of Director Meeting

The passing of Mary Christian

Mary Christian ObituaryIt is with sadness we report the passing of Mary L. Christian. Mary was a long-time MEA member from Flint/Region 10 and former MEA President, MEA Vice President, MEA Scholarship Chairperson, and MEA-Retired officer among many, many other state and local committees.

Mary’s funeral service will be Friday, October 28, at First Presbyterian Church, 746 Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48502 (downtown).Visitation is at 10:00 a.m. and the service at 11:00 a.m..  For a complete obitutary click here.


We All Need to Prepare for Public Employees Pension Fight

The DeVos family has announced they're coming after your pension.

Hence the battle has begun to try to shape public perceptions on the issue, and MEA members and retirees will need to get up to speed to help combat misleading claims by our opponents and sway lawmaker votes on legislation. 

The fact is the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) is not broken. It won't bankrupt our state - unless, perhaps, antagonists succeed in shutting it down. And the loss of a secure retirement safety net for school employees will only exacerbate teacher shortages already being felt in Michigan. 

Rumors of a coming public pension fight had swirled in Lansing since summer, and they were confirmed with a speech in late September by Amway President Doug DeVos - who called restructuring of government employee pensions the top goal of the West Michigan Policy Forum.

That's the same group behind the Legislature's ramrodding of so-called right-to-work legislation in 2012 and corporate tax cuts before then.

In his speech, DeVos said the West Michigan Policy Forum's vote to advocate moving public employees to a 401(k)-style retirement system "sends a message to all of our elected officials. And we take these (votes) very seriously; we move them forward with all of our might."

The DeVos family contributed nearly $1.5 million to Republican legislative candidates in this year's August primary. Visit to see how much the DeVos family has given to your legislator.

The attack on MPSERS is expected to occur in December's legislative lame duck session - a post-election period before the new Legislature is seated in January, when a significant number of legislators remain in power who lost re-election or have been term-limited out of office.

Time is short in lame duck - and pressure is high. And while the pension issue is complex, our messages are simple and clear: MPSERS is on solid financial ground, pensions provide important economic benefits, and West Michigan billionaires should not be dictating public policies that benefit the wealthy and harm the rest of us. 

Changes coming for Retirees Using Specialty Medications January 1, 2017

There will be changes to our prescription drug medications for public school retirees that use specialty medications. These changes will take place on January 1, 2017.  The Office of Retirement Services has sent us the following information. .  Please note the difference between Non-Medicare and Medicare members. These changes only apply to members who have Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO coverage, and have OptiumRx for prescription drugs.

As of January 1, 2017 BriovaRx will handle all specialty medication needs for non-Medicare members. Beginning January 1, 2017 Medicare enrolled members will receive savings on preferred specialty medications filled at BriovaRx. These savings are available exclusively at BriovaRx. Our Patient Care Coordinators and Pharmacists at BriovaRx are highly trained to understand your special therapy needs, and we ship your medication wherever you need it—in safe, temperature-controlled and tested packaging—at no cost to you.

If you currently utilize a specialty pharmacy other than BriovaRx, here’s what you need to do:

  • Call 1-855-4BRIOVA (1-855-427-4682) to enroll right away. Our Patient Care Coordinators will guide you through the process. They will be expecting your call and are ready to help.
  • You can also register online at Make sure to complete the form entirely to help avoid delays in your transition.  After you submit the form, BriovaRx will contact your doctor and take care of everything else.

Non-Medicare Members


BriovaRx Pharmacy

Effective 1/1/2017

Non-BriovaRx Pharmacies

Effective 1/1/2017

Preferred Specialty Drugs

20% ($10 Min/$40 Max) - 30 Day Supply

No Coverage


Specialty Drugs

40% ($10 Min/No Max)* - 30 Day Supply

No Coverage



Medicare Members


BriovaRx Pharmacy

Effective 1/1/2017

Non-BriovaRx Pharmacies

Effective 1/1/2017

Preferred Specialty Drugs

20% ($10 Min/$40 Max) - 30 Day Supply

40% ($10 Min/No Max)* - 30 Day Supply


Specialty Drugs

40% ($10 Min/No Max)* - 30 Day Supply

40% ($10 Min/No Max)* - 30 Day Supply

*There are other specialty pharmacies in your network

OptumRx is here to help! Find forms, plan details, and answers to your questions
on our website and mobile app. Or, call and receive the assistance you need from our friendly professional staff.


Download the app: Search OptumRx in Google play store or Apple App Store

Call: 1-866-288-5209 (Non-Medicare) or 1-855-577-6517 (Medicare) to receive assistance 24 hours a day

Tentative MPSERS Fall Education Seminar

Proposed Dates



October 11


Holiday Inn Marquette

 1951 US 41 West

Marquette, MI 49855

October 12


Quality Inn & Suites

2603 N. Lincoln Rd

Escanaba, MI 49829

October 13


Otsego Club & Resort

696 M-32 East

Gaylord, MI 49734

October 14

Traverse City




October 17

Grand Rapids

Doubletree Grand Rapids

4747 28th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

October 18


Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

219 Harrison Rd.

East Lansing, MI 48824

October 19

Bay City

Bay Valley Resort

2470 Old Bridge Road

Bay City, MI. 48706

October 20


Kalamazoo County Expo Center 2900 Lake St

Kalamazoo, MI 49048

October 21


Sheraton Novi  

2111 Haggerty Hwy

Novi, MI 48375

October 24

Sterling Heights

Sterling Inn

34911 Van Dyke Ave

Sterling Heights, MI 48312