Chair Talk

2020

January

I received the below e-mail announcing the new Director of the Office of Retirement Services...

2019

December

The Medicare Advantage meetings held in the State from 10/1 to 11/22 are over. By the numbers...

November

There have been 23 Medicare Advantage Informational meetings held so far (not including the SERA Chapter meetings) in Michigan...

October

Retirees will soon be receiving the 2019-2010 Retiree Benefits Bulletin. The Bulletin will explain the Benefit Enhancements that take effect on October 1...

September

On August 26th I received the following statement from Employee Benefits Director Bethany Beauchine...

June

Arrangements have been made to have the Friday, August 2 SERA Coordinating Council meeting to be held in Marquette...

May

I have added 3 new members to the SERA Legislative Committee. New members of the Committee are...

April

John Bantjes (89) died on Friday, March 22, 2019. John had been a longtime SERA member belonging to the Grand Rapids Chapter. John was an active member of the SERA Coordinating Council, serving as Chair...

March

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the SERA members and friends for all the get well wishes that were sent to my wife...

2018

October

State Retirees will see a “bump” in their pension checks on October 25. The increase will be $25 per month/capped at $300 per year...

September

I received the below e-mail from Employee Benefits regarding the Shingles Vaccine...

August

Governor candidates position on PA 38 (Pension tax)...

June

In the May CHAIR TALK, I forwarded some information I received from Employee Benefits regarding 0 copays for certain statins (Lovastatin, Atorvastatin and Simvastatin)...

May

Here is the documentation we received from OptumRx...

April

In late March, State Retirees received an e-mail or a letter informing them that a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was made to the Office of Retirement Services...

March

The contract for the Vision Care Benefits will be over soon. A Joint Evaluation Committee (JEC) is being formed...

February

In January, BC/BS distributed a letter identifying a processing error in medical vision claims. Apparently VSP was processing/paying a portion of the medical eye exam...

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