Chair Talk

2024

May

The Coalition of Secure Retirement (CSR) has scheduled a Legislative Lobby Day for Wednesday, May 22, 2024 (9:00am to 2:30pm). CSR will schedule individual meetings with your Representative and Senators. This Lobby Day is centered around Public pensions...

March

SERA has been busy the past 5 or 6 months on 2 issues that affect all retirees. Those issues are...

January

Welcome to 2024! Hope you all had happy holidays. This Chair Talk will be brief as the legislature is not in session yet...

2023

November

At our November 3, 2023 Coordinating Council Meeting we had Bethany Beauchine, Keri Rust and Alexis, a new staff member from Employee Benefits give the program. We learned that rates for Health, Dental and Vision were not going up....

September

I have heard that some Dental insurance companies are not accepting the State’s payments for dental procedures. From what I have heard this is in the Upper Peninsula and the Lansing area...

May

A couple weeks ago I received an email from Kathie Vaught (Lansing Chapter) suggesting that I do an article about the difference between the Medicare “Wellness visit” and an annual physical examination...

April

The Coordinating Council held their first meeting in a new location last Friday the 7th of April. The room was smaller than the previous location that we had held our CC meetings, but the new location is large enough...

March

Based upon the Financial Report from Jane Wallin indicating that we may have 4 years before we face not being able to fulfill our obligations, I propose the following changes to the CC bylaws and...

February

There has been a lot of activity on the Legislative Front in the past couple of weeks. Legislative activity is moving so fast that you canít keep up with it. Refer to the subjects in Mary Pollockís Capitol News...

2022

December

Well, here we are ending another strange year. COVID-19 is still here with many new variants that are requiring us to take more boosters/shots to fight...

November

Our records indicate you currently have a flat dollar amount being withheld from your pension payment for your federal tax deduction. Effective Jan. 1, 2023, this will no longer be an option due to changes the IRS is making to...

August

The JEC for Pharmacy Benefits has chosen OptumRx to continue as the provider of the Prescription Drug Benefits for Active State Employees and Retirees. The SERA representative...

July

The past 2 ½ years have not been kind to SERA Chapters and members. I am sure that many of us have lost family members and friends because of the Covid-19 issue. Many state employees are still not back to their original work-stations full time...

June

I have been receiving complaints (email, telephone and letters) from retirees about all the brochures and information from the States Blue Cross PPO MA program...

March

I have been contacted by ORS to recruit some retiree volunteers to help with the MI-Login issues...

February

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to expand Americans’ access to free testing, people in either Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage will be able to get over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at no cost starting...

2021

December

Most retirees that have email received the below notice from the Office of Retirement Services. ORS has received many calls and emails because of the changes made in the sign-in process for MI-ACCOUNT...

November

The past 2 years has not helped much to increase membership. In the past 2 years many Chapters have not had meetings (zoom or conference calls), nor have they printed newsletters informing members of legislation and activities that will have a direct effect on their retirees...

August

Many State Employees/Retirees may have received a postcard about a settlement claiming that BC/BS plans violated antitrust laws by entering into an agreement...

May

The Coordinating Council has determined that the rest of the Executive Board Meetings for 2021 will be done by conference call...

March

Upon your death, your personal representative (family member or executor) should contact ORS as quickly as possible. We will need...

January

Notices have been sent informing Chapters that I have scheduled a SPECIAL COORDINATING COUNCIL MEETING...

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