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Dan Rudd, Sec/Trea
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
  • Maury Koffman NEA Exec Committee Keynotes Annual Meeting
  • MEA-Retired Board Meeting March 18
  • Branko Bojicic BC/BS Annual Meeting Speaker
  • Members At Gov. Walker Event

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.

CSR Townhall Meeting - August 8th

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 August 8th 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, August 8, 2015 in Midland.  The meeting starts at 10 AM and will end at noon.  The location for the meeting is at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, Auditorium, 1710 W. St. Andrews, Midland, MI 48640.  For more details about the Townhall Meeting click here:

MEA-Retired Receives a Special Award at the NEA-RA in Orlando

MEA-Retired Officers, Vice President, David Schopp and Sec/Trea Dan Rudd, received a special award given at the recent NEA-Retired meeting in Orlando, FL on June 29, 2015. This award was given by the  National Education Association in recognition of extraordinary support of the NEA-Retired’s ongoing advocacy work.  The award was a Special Recognition award for Runner-Up in the Numerical Largest Increase in Membership.

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:

NEA-Retired Annual Meeting and NEA Representative Assembly

Thirty-four elected MEA-Retired delegates just returned from attending the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting in Orlando. They are representing our 35,000 members. On July 3, they will join the Michigan delegation of active members to attend the NEA RA.

Michigan delegates to the NEA's Representative Assembly will join more than 7,000 educators to help set education policy and talk about what is best for students. The annual meeting starts July 3 and runs through July 6. You can follow RA events at www.Nea.org/RA, at #NEARA15, on Flickr at flickr.com/photos/neapr, and on Facebook at NEA Today. - See more at: http://www.mea.org/follow-whats-going-nea-ra#sthash.lUycSz7f.dpuf

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

 

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

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: