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Judy Foster, President
David Schopp, V.P.

MEA - Retired

  • MEA-Retired Board Meeting March 18
  • Budget Committee
  • Members Read for Scholarships
  • Scholarship Reading
  • MEA-Retired MiARA Flint Meeting
  • Region 6  Chapter Meeting
  • Region 6 Chapter Member
  • Annual Meeting Delegates April 7
  • Maury Koffman NEA Exec Committee Keynotes Annual Meeting
  • Branko Bojicic BC/BS Annual Meeting Speaker
  • Members At Gov. Walker Event
  • Alice Cunningham Pres. 13B MEA-Retired

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

 

You should have received your Blue Cross Verification of Coverage Form

Updated: June 10, 2015

Blue Cross / Blue Shield will be mailing 2015 Verification of Coverage form to all members in May. Even if you don't have other coverage, you must complete the form and return  it by July 15, 2015 to ensure continuous coverage.  If you have not received your VOC form by June 15, we suggest you call the 800 number on the back of your Blue Cross card. (800 422-9146)

MEA-Retired members surveyed as to what they see as the most important 2016 election issues.

A recent survey completed by our members indicated that the most important issue going forward into the 2016 election was retirement security.  The second most important issue was healthcare.  The survey was sent to over 10,000 members using our email system.

Here are the results of the survey:

Keep your mailing address accurate with new miAccount feature

The Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System (MPSERS) has developed a simplified method  for members to change and manage your mailing and physical address.  Now you can list both your current mailing address and your physical address through your miAccount. Your physical address is where  you actually live and your mailing address is where you wish to receive  your mail.  If you have not yet set up an miAccount you may do so by  clicking here.

The addition of this feature makes  it easy for you to update your address throughout the year. It also helps  the Office of Retirement Services and your insurance carriers to provide you with the information you need. If you need to make changes to your address, log in to miAccount then  click Update Address & Phone.

If your physical address and mailing address are the same, then  you don't need to update anything in miAccount. Please note, if you have a Power of Attorney on file with ORS, then  your mail will always be sent  to that address.

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