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President's Conclave

Nov 13, 2015

MEA-Retired hosted their annual President’s Conclave in East Lansing on November 12, 2015. This year’s theme was “Moving Forward.” We were fortunate to have more than 30 chapter presidents from all around the state join us and it was a very productive day.

We invited guest speakers from ORS, who explained the upcoming changes of CatamaranRX to OptimunRX on January 1, 2016.  Mark Howard and Erica Wolfe made the presentation and explained that new member ID cards will not be issued,  and the all processing information remains the same.  Existing prior authorizations for each member will remain active until a prescriptions original expiration date.  You may view the OptumRx presentation that was shown at the meeting, by clicking here.

Also, Miriam Garcia and Rosemary Carey from Public Affairs were very informative as they discussed the MEA website and many different social media apps that keep everyone up-to-date on MEA business. Christina Canfield, MEA Lobbyist, joined in and gave a brief legislative update on numerous bills coming out of the House and Senate that affect not only MEA active employees, but also MEA-Retired, as it relates to retirement pensions, bargaining rights, and guns in our schools. Paul Helder gave us very good news as MEA announces the new MEA-PAC program that allows retirees to designate 40% of their PAC contributions to go back to the local of their choice. Active employees have had this privilege for quite some time now, but we are very happy that the retirees can enjoy the same benefit moving forward.

Many of the chapter presidents gave great updates on what their chapters are doing to improve membership. We also had several presidents give update on their respective committees. All in all, the day was a big success and we received great feedback as we gear up for 2016!