Chair Talk

2019

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...

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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