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Court of Appeals Rules on 4% MPSERS Contribution

A unanimous panel of the Court of Appeals ruled that a 2012 law requiring teachers and other public school workers to contribute to their retirement plans was constitutional. The court upheld an earlier finding by the Court of Claims that allowed the measure, PA 300 of 2012, to stand. Under the law, teachers who remained in the basic retirement system began contributing 4 percent of their salary to their pension.

At this time, we don’t have updates on any court decisions regarding the 3% healthcare contribution.

Published on January 15, 2014


2013 1099R available in miAccount

Your 2013 1099R is available in miAccount. Log in to miAccount and click on the Pension Payments link and then on Federal 1099R to view or print your 1099R.

Published on January 14, 2014


Holiday Office Closures

Our office will be closed on the following dates:

  • January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 17 - President's Day/Washington's Birthday
  • May 26 - Memorial Day

State office closings for holidays are regulated by the Michigan Department of Civil Service Regulation 5.08. Public Act 124 of 1865 is the Michigan law governing official state holidays.

Published January 2, 2014


2014 Insurance rates, chart, info, updated for Public School Retirees

The insurance rates for public school retirees who retired after January 1, 2013 and for retirees who were not age 65 as of January 1, 2013 are available. View the rates now.

The Insurance Options Summary (R0379C) has been updated with 2014 insurance information. This form compares different insurance options available for public school retirees, giving a side-by-side summary of each option, as well as contact information for the insurance providers. Read the new summary now.

Information on rates, options, and subsidy levels will be mailed to members in early December. For more detailed information on insurance coverage, please contact the health care provider directly.

Published November 14, 2013


Change to prescription drug plan for Medicare retirees starts January 1, 2014

If you are currently receiving your prescription drug services through Express Scripts, your carrier is changing to Catamaran on January 1, 2014. Use your Express Scripts cards until December 31, 2013. You will receive new cards in the mail by January 1. Mail order services will still be provided by Express Scripts in 2014.

Published November 14, 2013

October 2013 Connections is published

The October 2013 issue of Connections, our semiannual retiree newsletter, is now available. Articles in this issue include:
  • What you need to know: power of attorney
  • Volunteering in retirement
  • Message from the Director
  • Facebook Tips
  • When to Contact ORS
Published October 22, 2013

Rules for Working After Retirement Have Changed

If you are thinking about returning to work after you retire, please note the rules have changed: Effective December 27, 2012, a new law (as now added to MCL 38.1361) outlines additional rules for public school retirees returning to work as instructional coaches, school improvement facilitators, or substitute teachers. The law also reinstates the critical shortage provision. See the Working After You Retire page for detailed information about how returning to work may affect your pension.

Published April 5, 2013

UPDATE - Defined Contribution (DC) plan and Personal Healthcare Fund accounts

What's New - 3% Healthcare Contribution Refund for Participants in the Personal Healthcare Fund (PHF)

If you first worked before September 4, 2012, and elected to switch to the DC plan or elected the Personal Healthcare Fund, your State of Michigan 401(k) and 457 Plan accounts will be set up with ING as of your transition date - the exact date depends on your school district's payroll cycle. You will receive the password you'll need to manage your accounts by early April. If you have any questions related to your State of Michigan 401(k) and 457 Plan accounts, contact ING at (800) 748-6128.

Published March 12, 2013

3% Healthcare Contribution Refund for Participants in the Personal Healthcare Fund (PHF)

What's New - 3% Healthcare Contribution Refund for Participants in the Personal Healthcare Fund (PHF)

If you are an active Michigan public school employee who elected the Personal Healthcare Fund under the recent retirement reform (PA 300 of 2012), your 3 percent employee contribution to the Retiree Healthcare Fund, which started in July, 2010, ceases as of the day before your transition date, which would be the first day of the pay period that begins on or after February 1, 2013. The amount of the healthcare contributions you made between September 4, 2012 and your transition date will be paid to your 401(k) account no later than your first pay date after March 1, 2013. The amount of any Retiree Healthcare Fund contributions you made before September 4, 2012, remain in escrow by court order until the litigation against PA 75 of 2010 is settled. This case has been appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court. Once the lawsuit has been resolved, the contributions you made during that time will be returned to you.

Published March 5, 2013

2012 Retirement Reform Election Window Closed

The deadline for making the retiree healthcare and pension elections under PA 300 of 2012 has passed. Retirement plan changes due to P.A. 300 of 2012 will take effect the first day of your pay period that begins on or after February 1, 2013, as reported to ORS.

For more information about your retirement plan changes, log in to miAccount. You can also find more information on the Reform Tools Overview page.

Published January 9, 2013


Senate Bill 1360 Passes, Election Deadline of January 9, 2013 Confirmed

The Governor recently signed SB 1360 that reforms the Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement System (MPSERS). This legislation closes the pension and retiree healthcare reform election window at 5:00 p.m. EST, on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, and changes the transition date to February 1, 2013.

If you have made your election choices, you can review them anytime by logging in to miAccount . Changes to your elections are permissible as long as the election window remains open.

If you have not made your election choices, we encourage you to log in to miAccount to understand your choices and make your elections while the window remains open.

Published on December 14, 2012


2013 Insurance rates and comparison chart available for Public School Retirees

The insurance rates for public school retirees who retire after January 1, 2013 and for retirees who were not age 65 as of January 1, 2013 are available. View the rates now.

The Insurance Options Summary (R0379C) has been updated with 2013 insurance information. This form compares different insurance options available for public school retirees, giving a side-by-side summary of each option, as well as contact information for the insurance providers. Read the new summary now.

For more detailed information on insurance coverage, contact the health care provider directly.

Published on December 14, 2012


Update on Court Order Regarding School Employee Retirement Reform

On November 29, the court ruled that the public school reform was constitutional except for the 52 day window period. Earlier this month, legislation was introduced that closes the election window officially on January 9, 2013. This bill was passed by the full Senate on November 29 and will move to the House in the week of December 3. For the time being, the election window remains open.

If you have made your election choices, you can review them anytime by logging in to miAccount . Changes to your elections are permissible as long as the election window remains open.

If you have not made your election choices, we encourage you to log in to miAccount to understand your choices and make your elections while the window remains open.

Published December 3, 2012


Public Act 300 of 2012 Study is Available

Public Act 300 of 2012, Sec. 93 called for an independent third party to conduct a study of the current MPSERS retirement system and develop a proposed plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of the retirement system.  A copy of the study and plan, delivered to the legislature on November 15, 2012, is available here.

Published November 16, 2012


Retirement Reform Update

Temporary court order still in place; election window remains open

October 29, 2012: In PA 300 of 2012, the legislature set the date of election window close to be October 26. The court has said thus far that the October 26th date is not the end date of the election window, and anyone who has made an election can change it if the statute is found unconstitutional. The practical effect of this, while the temporary restraining order is still in place, is that the election window remains open and it is anticipated that elections will not take effect until after the window closes, a date that has not, at this time, been determined.

If you have made your election choices, you can review them anytime by logging in to miAccount. Changes to your elections are permissible as long as the election window remains open.

If you have not made your election choices, we encourage you to log in to miAccount to understand your choices and make your elections while the window remains open.

The temporary restraining order on PA 300 issued on September 5, 2012, prohibited the enforcement of the window period. Not knowing when it would be lifted, ORS felt obligated to support our members by encouraging them to log into miAccount to understand their choices. This situation has not changed and we still do not know when the window will close. While the window remains open, members who have not yet made their elections are still encouraged to educate themselves through miAccount.

Published October 29, 2012



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