MEA - Retired
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:
Blue Cross Verification of Coverage Form Coming in May
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.
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.
CSR Townhall Meeting - May 30th
The Michigan Coalition of a Secure Retirement (CSR) is a is a coalition that represents active and retired state and school employees in Michigan who advocate for the protection of public pensions and retiree health care, issues that have become politicized and controversial at the Michigan State Capitol. MEA and MEA-Retired are supportive and active in this coalition.
If you think your retirement plan is secure or that you can't affect what goes on in Lansing, please think again - and do something about it. Please join us at the CSR Townhall meeting on May 30th to learn about actions individuals can take to address the state retirement crisis.
What Can I do?
Attend a CSR town hall meeting, which is set for Saturday, May 30, 2015 for the Delta Township Town Hall meeting in Lansing, MI from 10am to noon. For more details about the Townhall Meeting click here:
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