Chair Talk

2018

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...

2017

November

I have received several phone calls, e-mails and a couple letters about the recent change in the State’s new accounting system. The new system went into effect on October 2...

October

On October 2, 2017 the Supreme Court denied the petition for Writ of Certiorari. There was not an explanation for the denial given...

August

Gary Supanich the attorney handling the Okrie case attended the CC meeting on Friday, August 4th. Gary gave a status report on...

July

On June 28, 2017, Attorney Gary P. Supanich filed a Petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court. The State’s response is due...

June

On Monday, May 15 I attended the Lapeer Chapter of MARSP (Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel) and gave them an update on the Okrie lawsuit...

May

During the month of April, many retirees received a letter from Optum Rx informing them that because of their prescription history Optum has determined...

April

The majority of calls and e-mails I have received over the past 3 months since our Prescription Drug Provider has changed from MedImpact to...

March

Bethany Beauchine (Employee Benefits Director) attended the SERA Coordinating Council on March 3, 2017. Bethany spoke to the group about...

February

Lauri Schmidt, Employee Benefits Director will be retiring effective March 1, 2017. Lauri has 38 years of service...

January

Employee Benefits had recently informed me that the letter from Optum Rx (dated November 30, 2016) about the Medicare retiree having...

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