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ORS named 2024 Plan Sponsor of the Year

Among 10 winners of 2024 Plan Sponsor of the Year recognition announced in Chicago at the 2024 PlanSponsor National Conference June 4-7, ORS outperformed two other finalists in our category.
 The focal point for the ORS honor is Small Steps, the program that helps State of Michigan 401(k) and 457 Plan participants better prepare for retirement. Administered by Voya Financial for ORS, Small Steps is a program that increases participant contributions by 1% annually up to 15% unless they opt out. Small Steps is for Michigan public school, State of Michigan, and Michigan State Police employees    eligible for the employer match as Defined Contribution (DC), Pension Plus, and Personal Healthcare Fund participants.
For the 2024 Small Steps program, 97.9% of eligible participants retained the 1% increase to their DC plan as of April 30, 2024. More than 2,000 increased their contributions to 15% or greater, according to Voya.

Changes to Insurance Eligibility for Children

Public Act (PA) 158 will take effect on Feb. 13, 2024. The new law allows for a child to remain on retiree insurance until the month in which that child turns 26, regardless of enrollment in post-secondary education or dependency status for tax purposes. For more information, please see Dependent Coverage.

If you wish to enroll a child who is now eligible as a result of this change, you may do so as soon as March 1, 2024 by completing and submitting an Insurance Enrollment/Change Request (R0452H) and all required proofs on or before February 29, 2024. When ORS receives your enrollment request and required proofs , coverage will be effective the first of the following month, if your request is received prior to September 1, 2024. If ORS receives your enrollment request and required proofs on or after September 1, 2024,coverage will start the first of the sixth month after receipt. 

Published Feb. 5, 2024

Public Act 4 of 2023 — Retirement State Tax Changes

Public Act (PA) 4 of 2023, also known as the Lowering MI Costs Plan, takes effect Feb. 13, 2024.

PA 4 of 2023 amends the Income Tax Act of 1967 to allow all retired members of the Michigan State Police Retirement System (SPRS) who receive a pension to be exempt from state income tax beginning with the 2023 tax year.

 Michigan’s 2023 tax return, forms, and instructions (e-file and paper format) incorporate all retirement and pension benefit subtraction options – including those created in the new law. Retirees who filed their taxes prior to the law’s effective date need not file an amended return. The Michigan Department of Treasury will work impacted returns as they are received and prepare them for release after the law’s effective date. For more details, see the Michigan Department of Treasury website.

The Office of Retirement Services will continue to evaluate what the new law means for our members. Please consult a tax professional regarding any questions you may have. For direct information and the exact language of PA 4 of 2023, you can review the full law here

State Police FAQs for Public Act 4 of 2023 - Retirement State Tax Changes

Office Visits

The Michigan Office of Retirement Services (ORS) is not offering office visits. You can access the information and services you may need using these resources:

  • miAccount is the fastest way to access and make changes to your account. When you log in, you have secure access to your account information, Message Board, and more.
  • The Forms and Publications section of our website contains resources for those actively employed or retired.
  • The prerecorded online presentation provides valuable information regarding your retirement options at your convenience.
  • ORS has installed a drop box in the lobby of the Stevens T. Mason Building, 530 W. Allegan St. in Lansing, for those who want to deliver forms or documents. The drop box is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. Envelopes are provided at the box to avoid loose papers or documents from being separated.
  • Use these resources when you need to contact ORS.

Should office visit availability change, we will provide updated information on our website.