MEA - Retired
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