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President Foster's Message

October 1, 2013

MEA-Retired Publications

2014 Summer Michigan Retirement Report (PDF)

2014 Spring Michigan Retirement Report (PDF)

2014 Winter Michigan Retirement Report (PDF)

2013 Fall Michigan Retirement Report (PDF)

MEA-Retired Tribune Newsletter

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

MEA - Retired



MEA-Retired delegates in Denver, Colorado

The NEA-Retired Annual Meeting was held in Denver, Colorado, June 28 and 29. The NEA Convention concluded July 6.

At the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting, Cleorah Scruggs-DeBose was elected to a three year term as an alternate to the NEA Board of Directors. Sally McNamara will serve a one year term as a member of the Resolutions Committee and Kathleen Huey will be an alternate to the committee. Michigan is well represented since Dan Rudd serves on the NEA Board representing NEA-Retired. Al Beamish serves on the NEA-Retired Executive Council.

Dignitaries who addressed delegates were, NEA President Dennis VanRoekel, NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, and Secretary/Treasurer Becky Pringle. Tom Curran was elected as NEA-Retired President for a second three year term.

MEA-Retired received the NEA-Retired Website (mea-retired.org) Award. This award reveals the dedication and time the officers have spent creating and keeping the site up-to-date. Kyle Shumaker serves as our webmaster and we appreciate his efforts.

Elected delegates from MEA-Retired attending the NEA-Retired Annual meeting and the NEA convention are: Al Beamish, Linda Brunson, Elias Chapa, Rose Cross, Judy Daley, Vivian Davis, Colleen Ford, Judy Foster, Roger Foster, Catherine Frederick, John Frederick, Anne Good, Jeanne Hansen, Silvia Henry-Walton, Kathleen Huey, Diana Irons, Pam, Keller, Penny Letts, Bob Letts, Sally McNamara, Liz Metcalf, Elaine Miller, Nan Palm, Bill Papo, Dan Rudd, Linda Russell, Jack Schneider, Dave Schopp, Barb Schram, Leon Scott, Cleorah, Scruggs-DeBose, Juliette Smith, Jim Sparapani, and Mary Yedinak.

Liability Coverage in the Classroom

Several retirees have questions in regards to libabily insurance if the sub or volunteer in a classroom. We finally have an answer from NEA which, is below.

If a Retired member is performing educational employment activities in an educational unit, they will not be precluded from coverage whether hired directly or by a third party.

The claim forms for Retired members are the same as for Active members. In Section II of the claim form is where the affiliate identifies the membership category. Dave Kilpatrick, NE Senior Program Specialist

Michigan Supreme Court Ruling / MPSERS

On May 22, 2014, the Michigan Supreme Court issued two orders regarding cases filed by the Michigan Education Association, the AFT Michigan, and others dealing with changes enacted by the Michigan legislature in 2010 and 2012 to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement Act (“MPSERA”).....Read More.

Retiree Earnings Limitations (retired on or after 7/1/2010)

With the exception of working in a Critical Shortage position for no more than three years or until July 1, 2014, whichever comes first, a member who retires on or after July 1, 2010, and returns to work as an employee of the reporting unit, can earn up to one-third of their final average compensation in the calendar year without penalty. However, if they exceed that amount, they will forfeit their pension and health insurance subsidy until his or her employment ceases....Read More

MEA SCREENING AND RECOMMENDATION PROCESS

Every election year some members complain to MEA-Retired that “MEA is telling me how to vote.” That is not true. A local committee of your fellow MEA members interviews all candidates who seek MEA endorsement. The committee is generally comprised of seven to nine members including, ESP, Higher Education, EA and retired members. MEA staff do not have voting rights on the committee. All coordinating councils who have school districts or colleges which are wholly or partially contained in the legislative district have an equal right to participate in the screening. After interviewing candidates, the committee makes a decision, sometimes choosing not to recommend at all. If the committee makes a recommendation, it is communicated to the entire MEA membership residing in the legislative district, both retired and active members....Read More.

Verification of coverage forms coming soon

Be on the lookout for the 2014 Verification of Coverage form. Forms will be mailed to all members in May. You must return your completed form by July 15th even if you don't have other coverage. Be sure to complete your VOC s soon as you receive it to ensure continuous coverage.

Delta Dental PPO Letter

Dear MPSERS member:
Effective January 1, 2014, your dental plan will change from Delta Dental PPOSM (Point-of-Service) to Delta Dental PPO (Standard). This change may affect how your claims are paid. In addition, your annual maximum has increased to $1,100 per calendar year....Read More.

A BLUE CROSS SEMINAR IS COMING TO A PLACE NEAR YOU.

Blue Cross Blue Shield is holding seminars for MEDICARE members who are Michigan Public School Employees. All seminars run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. To make a reservation, call 1-800-229-2018 or www.bcbsmseminar.com. Have your BCBS ID available.

Dates and places:
May 22, Grand Rapids, Frederik Gardens; May 28, Frankenmuth, Bavarian Inn; June 3, Lansing Crowne Plaza – Lansing West; June 9 and 10, Sterling Heights, Sterling Inn; June 18 and 19, Novi, Sheraton Novi; June 23 and 24, Detroit, Double Tree Detroit – Dearborn; June 26, Sterling Heights, Sterling Inn.

Medicare Advantage Education Seminar
www.bcbsmseminar.com

Delta Dental PPO Letter

Dear MPSERS member:
Effective January 1, 2014, your dental plan will change from Delta Dental PPOSM (Point-of-Service) to Delta Dental PPO (Standard). This change may affect how your claims are paid. In addition, your annual maximum has increased to $1,100 per calendar year....Read More.

ORSMPSERS Survey

The Office of Retirement Service (ORS) / MPSERS (Michigan Public School
Employees Retirement System) made major changes in our health care
insurances starting on January 1, 2014.  Many of our members have expressed
concerns or issues in regards to these changes.  We have conducted an
on-line survey of our members who use email.  The survey began on March 2,
2014.  So far 773 of our members have taken the survey.  To read the
complete results of the survey by clicking here.

MEA-Retired members at NEA Organizing Conference Houston TX.

Governor and Legislature Damage Michigan's Working Families

The Michigan Legislature and Governor have adopted more than 600 laws since January of 2011.  Many of these laws have had devastating effect on public education, working families, public school employees and retirees.  In addition, our Legislators delayed the implementation of Medicaid for the poor which resulted in a cost to Michigan of $630,000,000.  This action also denied coverage to 500,000 of Michigan’s poorest citizens.

Listed below are brief summations statements that highlight and categorize some of the most significant laws that were enacted since January 2011....Read More

RETIREE HEALTH CARE

Rates Increase Substantially

Retiree Health Care Rates Increase Substantially - The new 2014 health/dental/vision retiree rates that were recently released by the Office of Retirement Services indicated that full family rates for non-Medicare retirees increased by $1.18. However, one needs to compare the most recent rate increase to the relatively huge rate increase in 2013. Legislators are often ignorant on the extent of the costs that are absorbed by retirees for their health care insurance program. The following indicates the dollar amount and percentage of health care rate increases for non-Medicare retirees only. As you can see, the costs absorbed by retirees are significant. As an example, in 2010, full family medical/dental/vision combined rates increased by 15.97 percent for a $27.72 increase. In 2011, the full family rates increased by 2 percent or $4.16. Health/dental/vision insurance rates in 2012 decreased by 1.4 percent, for a reduction of $2.94. However in 2013 retirees saw rates jump by 58.4 percent for an increase of $118.23.....Read More

Retiree Earnings Limitations (retired on or after 7/1/2010)

With the exception of working in a Critical Shortage position for no more than three years or until July 1, 2014, whichever comes first, a member who retires on or after July 1, 2010, and returns to work as an employee of the reporting unit, can earn up to one-third of their final average compensation in the calendar year without penalty. However, if they exceed that amount, they will forfeit their pension and health insurance subsidy until his or her employment ceases.....Read More

Charter School Advocates Attack MPSERS Funding

From the AFT (Coalition partner of MEA and MEA-Retired)

Governor Snyder recommended that $100 million from the School Aid Fund be used in next year's School Aid budget to go toward the Michigan Public School Retirement System. This would reduce the MPSERS rate for participating schools by an additional 1.2 percent, allowing...Read More

Another Attack on Pensions and Health Care

Gretchen Dziadosz, MEA Exec. Dir.

At the end of the 2013 legislative session, seven bills were introduced in the Michigan Senate  that further undercut school employee pensions...Read More