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  • MEA-Retired Board of Directors Zoom meeting, 09/01/2021

  • MEA-Retired Board of Directors meeting, 09/01/2021

  • July Happy Hour gathering of the Grand Traverse Bay Area MEA-Retired chapter. Back row: Don Hakala, former MEA Board member and UniServ Director; Kay Walker Telma; former MEA/NEA Board member Tom Bousamra. Front row: Irene Brown, former MEA VP Lynn Larson.

  • President Kay Walker-Telma

  • Education Leaders 2021

  • Senator Debbie Stabenow With MEA-Retired Members Jack & Jo Ellis

Great news for SS in 2022!

Oct 14, 2021

Social Security Announces 5.9 Percent Increase for 2022


Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 5.9 percent in 2022, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2022. Increased payments to approximately 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2021. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $147,000 from $142,800.

Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail starting in early December about their new benefit amount. Most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their personal my Social Security account. People may create or access their my Social Security account online at

Information about Medicare changes for 2022, when announced, will be available at For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2022 are announced. Final 2022 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security's Message Center.

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit

Important redistricting information

Oct 12, 2021

Thank you to more than a dozen MEA-Retired members who, along with MEA members,  participated in a Zoom meeting about this issue last week.  Hosted by MEA's Jessica Lumbreras, the event featured an excellent presentation about redistricting by Michael Kohler, AFL-CIO Michigan's State Field Director.


Please click on the link below and see when YOU can help make a difference by speaking at an upcoming redistricting hearing. You can speak either virtually or in person, and speak at more than one event.


According to Kohler, remote comments have been impactful, and even some of the 13 commissioners at the hearings are appearing remotely. He added his appreciation for MEA's being part of the coalition supporting fair maps.


When you sign up, you will be contacted and will be able to get both information about the events and talking points should you need them. You only will be speaking for one minute, so preparing your comments will not be time-consuming.


MEA is working with staff at AFL-CIO to help make fair maps happen. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michael Kohler at  He can also link you with regional field directors who can help tailor your comments to the specific characteristics of your geography and demographics.


Let's help be part of what we hope will be a redistricting process that results in fairness for all. When you click on the form you will see the schedule for upcoming hearings. 


Please sign up to easily help make a difference ASAP! Many thanks!



Priority Health seminars: Looking into 2022!

Oct 04, 2021

Existing members October 28th at 1:00pm

Prospective members October 26th at 1:00pm

Please copy and paste the link below to register:



10/6 Redistricting Update and Call to Action

Oct 01, 2021

Dear MEA Member,

We are excited to announce an upcoming redistricting update provided by our union sisters and brothers at the Michigan AFL-CIO!

Join us Wednesday, October 6th at 6 pm via zoom to learn about the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, how the process is going, and what MEA members can do to support fair maps.


Members in good standing will receive the zoom link 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you next week.


Jessica Lumbreras

MEA Political Organizer

(989) 780-1176




Oct 01, 2021


Join us online for the Fall 2021 Retiree Education Seminar

Every year, we work with our insurance carriers to provide you with educational materials to help you understand how your plan works and all it has to offer. We encourage you to review these materials. Understanding your plan can help you get the most value from it and maintain or improve your overall health.

Learn more about your 2022 retirement system healthcare plan by following the steps below. You can view the seminar content anytime from October 12, 2021 through December 15, 2021.

How to access the seminar online

1. Using your computer or tablet, navigate in your web browser to:

2. While in the virtual lobby, view the Welcome Message and Site Navigation Tips videos.

3. Visit the Auditorium to view presentations from:

  • Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Michigan
  • Delta Dental®
  • EyeMed
  • OptumRx®

4. Visit the Learning Center:

In the Learning Center, you can download your coverage highlights and helpful resources available from each insurance carrier.

5. Complete a short survey about your experience. Your feedback will help to improve future seminars.


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