Chair Talk

March 2021

FYI: Death

Death of the retiree. Upon your death, your personal representative (family member or executor) should contact ORS as quickly as possible. We will need your social security number and a photocopy of the death certificate. See What Your Survivors Should Know for information to give to your survivors.

Death of a pension beneficiary. If you elected a survivor option and your pension beneficiary predeceases you, notify ORS and provide a photocopy of the death certificate so we can adjust your pension amount to the full (unreduced) straight life pension. If you elected the equated plan and your beneficiary dies before you, your benefit will revert to the straight life equated amount.
If any person receiving a survivor benefit dies, ORS should be contacted immediately. We will need the social security number of the state retiree as well as that of the beneficiary who was receiving benefits, along with a photocopy of the death certificate.

ORS will stop pension payments as soon as we are notified of a death. If the death notice is not received timely, the estate is obligated to repay all payments made after death.

Death of insurance dependent. If anyone enrolled as a dependent in your health, dental, or vision insurance plan dies, report the death immediately using the Beneficiaries & Dependents section in miAccount. You must also submit a photocopy of the death certificate.

Additional information about reporting a death can be found in What Your Survivors Should Know.

ORS CAN BE CONTACTED AT 1-800-381-5111 0R (LANSING AREA 517-3225103) or you can use miAccount.

I visited Dave and Gloria Cook this afternoon (3/7) Dave and Gloria are home. Dave is using a walker to get around and has to use oxygen as a result of having COVID-19. They both seem to be doing well. If you want to send a card to Dave or Gloria their address is:

613 Rich St
Ionia, MI 48846
Editor’s note: Bob Kopasz is Chair of the Michigan SERA Council. He may be reached at P.O. Box 692, Mt. Morris, MI 48458; phone 810/240-8380.