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October Meeting – SERA Lansing Chapter Membership
Please join us at the SERA Lansing Chapter Membership Meeting on October 2, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. See meeting location change for October only listed below. This is a very important meeting regarding health benefits for Medicare-eligible State retirees.
**Note Meeting Location Change**
Speakers will be Arva Overton, State of Michigan Account Manager for Blue Cross/Blue Shield; and Bethany Beauchine, Director, Employee Benefits Division, Civil Service Commission.
Effective January 1, 2020, State employee retirees on Medicare will be covered by Medicare Advantage Part C, which includes original Medicare Parts A and B. Ms. Overton and Ms. Beauchine will speak about the new insurance program, including some additional services and a new card for Medicare Advantage that will be sent in December to your address of record with the Office of Retirement Services.
Survey finds Medicare Beneficiaries at Risk from Card-Replacement Scams
As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Michigan and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program.
In response, AARP — including AARP Michigan — will participate in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams.
SERA is committed to providing exceptional value to its members by delivering quality financial products and services to our members through our SERA Plus program. Consistent with our philosophy, we are pleased to announce that financial planning, investment, insurance (including auto, home and liability), tax planning, estate planning advice, and banking services will soon be offered exclusively through our relationship with Hantz Group, Inc., and its affiliates (together, “Hantz”), headquartered at 26200 American Drive, Southfield, Michigan 48034.
Our decision to offer financial planning, investment, insurance, tax planning, estate planning advice, and banking services through Hantz allows us to provide you with a variety of financial services under one roof. Hantz Group, along with its affiliates, Hantz Tax & Business, LLC, Hantz Agency LLC and Hantz Bank, to name a few, provides a comprehensive approach to your specific financial service and banking needs. Hantz will offer and provide its services through its 21 locations conveniently located near most of our chapters throughout Michigan.
About Michigan SERA
SERA is an non-profit organization devoted exclusively to issues and concerns of all current and future retirees of the State of Michigan.
SERA works to:
SERA works through its members, leaders, and committees to promote the best interests of state employee retirees and future retirees. At least eight times since 1974, SERA was a moving force in pension increases or benefit improvements. In 2011, we opposed the pension tax and helped eliminate it for 70% of retirees; we opposed the remaining tax on public pensions for those born after 1945 in the Michigan Supreme Court. We opposed the recent state employee retirement system changes. That work continues.
SERA has 21 local chapters statewide that are linked through the Coordinating Council of the State Employee Retirees Associations of Michigan (the SERA Coordinating Council). SERA chapters have periodic meetings with guest speakers, opportunities for networking, newsletters, and other activities.
SERA welcomes the new ideas and energy of new members! To join, contact Cheryl Streberger at 517-515-9815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.