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  • MEA-Retired Officers March at Headquarters for #redfored

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

  • Gretchen Whitmer Speaks at MEA-RA

  • MEA-Retired Members at the Capitol

Mich. educators oppose arming teachers, MEA says

May 14, 2018

Detroit News: May 14, 2018

“A majority of Michigan Education Association educators polled on the potential arming of school personnel oppose it, according to survey results released Monday by the association.

The survey, which included responses from 1,005 public school employees who are MEA members, found 71 percent opposed allowing school employees to carry concealed guns in schools. Sixty-seven percent said allowing school personnel to carry firearms in schools would be ineffective at preventing gun violence in schools, according to the survey conducted by GBA Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting group.”  To continue reading click here.

Report of MEA-Retired Observer of MPSERS Board Meeting

May 02, 2018

The Office of Retirement Services has met with the MEA-Retired Officers quarterly this past year. Changes are discussed and officers are brought up-to-date about what is happening. Frequently officers take letters from MEA-Retired members who have expressed concerns or have problems with their health care to discuss at this meeting. So please consider sending us a letter or e-mail if you have issues. Putting issues in writing has a greater impact and is much more successful.

The Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement System Board provides oversight of the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.  This 12-member Board oversees the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System administration.  The MPSERS board meets several times a year and are open to the public.  Their meetings schedules can be found on their website at :,4653,7-206-47004---,00.html

MEA-Retired has a member attend these public meetings and reports back to their membership at the MEA-Retired Board of Director’s meetings.  Mr. Jim Pearson represents MEA-Retired at MPSERS meetings and is our advocate there.  To read Jim’s March 15, 2018 report click here.

New Medicare Card Arriving

May 01, 2018

You may have heard Medicare will be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and issuing new cards to help guard against identity theft.

New Medicare cards will show an 11-digit Medicare number that is unique to individuals. Medicare will mail new cards gradually between April 2018 and April 2019. Mailing everyone a new Medicare card will take some time. Your card may arrive at a different time than your friends and neighbors. Be sure to go to to update your address on file with the Social Security Administration if you’ve recently moved.

Individuals enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B before April 2018 don’t need to take any action. Medicare will provide their new Medicare numbers to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, OptumRx and Office of Retirement Services (ORS).

If you have a family member who becomes eligible for Medicare Part A and Part B after April 2018, ORS will mail you instructions on how to update your insurance enrollment with their new Medicare number. Tell ORS your family members’ Medicare numbers as soon as new Medicare cards are received. Once ORS receives the Medicare numbers, they will be sent to Blue Cross and OptumRx and your insurance rate will be adjusted as a result of your family members’ enrollment in the Medicare plan.

Coming Soon: 2018 Verification of Coverage survey

Apr 30, 2018

The 2018 Verification of Coverage survey will be mailed to all retirees in May. You must complete this form for yourself and anyone else covered by your retirement system health plan. You must respond to the survey, even if you don’t have other coverage. If you don’t respond to the survey, your retirement system medical plan and prescription drug coverage will be canceled.

The Verification of Coverage survey asks you to identify any other health coverage you or your dependents might have in addition to your retirement system coverage. The information is used to determine your eligibility in the retirement system’s health plan.

Wear Red For Public Ed

Apr 26, 2018


"Even though we have collective bargaining and local contracts, we know the struggles faced by our colleagues in Arizona, West Virginia, Oklahoma and everywhere else in the country where educators are rising up in protest. Stifling standardized tests. Aging textbooks and technology.  Shrinking take-home pay for school employees. Lack of respect for our profession. And systematic shortchanging of students and their education.

Across the country, educators, parents and students are standing up in defense of public education. Here in the home state of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos – where we know how badly her policies have failed students – we must raise our voices to tell lawmakers three simple things: Value Students. Respect Educators. Fund Our Schools."  Continue Reading

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