(11/26/13) - The Health Insurance Marketplace is a new way to buy health insurance. It can help if you don’t have coverage now or if you have insurance but want to look at other options.
In the Marketplace, the cost for insurance is based on your household size and income.[Read More...]
You can find out what you will pay by filling out the Marketplace application. You also can compare plans side-by-side. Filling out the application does not mean you are buying a plan; it just tells you what plans are available and what each plan will cost you.
You also can use the Kaiser Family Foundation calculator for a rough estimate of how much health insurance through the Marketplace may cost you in 2014. Your final premiums and costs may differ from the estimates.
Click here to visit the Kaiser Family Foundation website to use the health insurance costs and savings calculator.
Eligibility for Ohio Medicaid has recently been expanded. This change means more adults between the ages of 19 and 64 will be eligible for no cost or low cost health care coverage through Medicaid beginning Jan. 1, 2014. More information is available in the Medicaid Eligibility Expanded for Adults Ages 19 to 64 article below.
The Marketplace will not affect your SERS’ health care coverage. You are not required to switch plans. You decide what is best for you.
The Marketplace is not for those who have Medicare. If you are a SERS retiree who does not have Medicare, click here to learn more about how to look for insurance in the Marketplace.[Hide]
(11/26/13) - Eligibility for Ohio Medicaid has recently changed. This change means more adults between the ages of 19 and 64 will be eligible for no cost or low cost health care coverage through Medicaid beginning Jan 1, 2014.
Under the new eligibility rules, an individual with an income of $15,856 or less is now eligible for Medicaid. For a household size of two adults, the combined income could be up to $21,406.[Read More...]
If you think you qualify because of the new Medicaid rules, there are three ways to apply:
If you do not qualify for Medicaid, you may still qualify for help paying for other insurance you can buy on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.
The Marketplace is not for those who have Medicare. To learn more about how to look for insurance in the Marketplace, click here.[Hide]
The pay date for December is 11/29/13.[Read More...]
*Direct deposit notice or check stub will be mailed to all benefit recipients.
You will receive a check stub whenever there is a change to your benefit, such as health care premium change, a tax withholding change, or a bank account change.
SERS strongly encourages all retirees to have their pension payments paid directly to a bank or credit union. Direct deposit of your funds is the only way to assure that your payment will be available on the first of every month. Direct deposit eliminates any concerns about late, lost, or stolen checks. Since pension checks cannot be forwarded, direct deposit also eliminates delays when you travel during retirement. It is your responsibility to make sure the funds are in your account before writing checks against your account.
If you do not enroll in direct deposit, there is no guarantee that you will receive your payment right on the first of every month. Delivery delays might occur that are beyond SERS’ control, such as lost or stolen checks. You must wait 10 days after the expected delivery date before SERS can begin the process of stopping payment and issuing a new check. This delay will not occur if you have direct deposit.[Hide]
(9/26/13) - Many of you have called us expressing interest in the remote counseling program. Unfortunately, all appointments for our September through November sessions have been booked. Registration is now closed.[Read More...]
We are currently working on scheduling more remote counseling sessions for 2014. If you are interested in meeting with a counselor and will be retiring within the next 12 months, there are other ways we can help you:
(9/12/13) - All active SERS members soon will receive their Member Annual Statements. This year’s statements reflect changes resulting from pension reform and show how the changes may affect members. There are four different versions of the annual statement based on a member’s years of service.
Included with the annual statement is the latest News & Views newsletter, explaining the new format. Members also can watch a video that will guide them through reading their new statements. Smartphone users can scan the QR code on the front page of their newsletter to access the video that relates to their statement type.[Read More...]
Members are grouped into four categories, according to the statement type they will receive. To determine your group, please refer to the front page of your News & Views or look at the lower left corner of your statement. It displays a form number 25.90 and a letter (either a, b, c, or d).
Read below to determine which video you should watch:
You received Statement 25.90a. The story on the front page of your News & Views and the QR code are contained in pink boxes.
You received Statement 25.90b. The story on the front page of your News & Views and the QR code are contained in yellow boxes.
You received Statement 25.90c. The story on the front page of your News & Views and the QR code are contained in blue boxes.
You received Statement 25.90d. The story on the front page of your News & Views and the QR code are contained in green boxes.[Hide]
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