SERS Open Enrollment Meeting
Schedule for 2016
The schedule lists the upcoming open enrollment meetings and webinars.
Please make sure to attend a local meeting or register for a webinar to learn about any 2017 plan changes or information.
2016 SERO ANNUAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT. SERO announces our 2016 Annual Meeting. It will be held at the Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229 on Wednesday May 11, 2016. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the meeting normally adjourns by 2 to 3 p.m.. SERO Chapter leaders, School Employees and Retirees are encouraged to attend this meeting. Especially if you have not attended a meeting before, this is one you will want to attend. Attendees get to see close up what SERO is about and what we do to help our retirees. Pension and Health care issues under current discussion by the SERS Executive Board will be a focus for this meeting. SERS Administration and staff will be speaking as well as holding a question and answer session so you may understand how any potential changes may affect you. Representatives from many resources including: medical vendors, AMBA, Ameriprise, BBB, Social Security, Ohio Dept of Insurance, will be available for questions and with literature for attendees. Registration forms are available in our SERO April Newsletter and through the SERO office. Your $12.00 fee per person, includes breakfast/lunch with all meeting materials. SERO members participate in door prizes and gift raffles during the meeting. Registrations received by April 25, 2016 are $12.00 per person and registrations received by May 2, 2016 will be $15.00 per person. Register early for the best rate!! For more details, contact SERO at 614-431-0387.
Please review the latest “Call to Action” from School Employees Retirement System regarding a proposed 52% increase in Medicare Part B premiums for a small segment of the participants. About 70% of those Medicare Part B participants who have their Part B premium withheld from their Social Security benefit check are not subject to this increase due to a “hold harmless provision” however, 30% of Medicare Part B recipients who do not get a Social Security check will have to cover the increase for the entire group. Premiums may jump from $104.90 to $159.30 for this one small group. To submit a letter to your legislators, please use the link below to submit a letter to your legislators. Calls and emails are recommended to get your thoughts to legislators quickly. To make a call to your Congressional legislator, please review our Congressional Representative listing.
We need your help. Due to a “hold harmless” provision in the Social Security law, retired Ohio public employees may be shocked to see a 52% increase in their 2016 Medicare Part B premiums because they did not pay into Social Security. For many SERS retirees, this will result in a Medicare Part B monthly premium of $159.30, an increase of $54 per month. We urge you to contact your member of Congress to prevent this dramatic increase and avoid a financial hardship.
School Employees Retirement System of Ohio
300 E. Broad St., Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio 43215
“PROTECTING MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES ACT OF 2015” Please review letter of thanks from SERS Executive DIrector, Lisa Morris to Senator Sherrod Brown on his efforts to assist retirees who would be affected by this increase. Click on link to see the Senate Bill Protecting Medicare Beneficiaries Act of 2015