Welcome to the Michigan Office of Retirement Services (ORS) website for members of the Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement System who began public school employment before July 1, 2010.
Retirement is a journey; ORS is here to help you along yours. During your career, your employer takes care of your pension plan deductions, wage and service records, and plan contributions. Your employer sends regular wage and service reports to ORS that become part of your personal pension record. When it's time to retire, your employer hands off your final records to ORS, and we become your partner in retirement. ORS manages the retirement system carefully to preserve it for you and other future retirees.
At 5:30 p.m. June 19, the ORS mobile app will go offline permanently. This difficult decision was made to reduce non-essential costs in these unprecedented times. Please continue to manage your retirement in miAccount at Michigan.gov/ORSmiAccount.
Published on June 16, 2020
At this time, we are canceling all scheduled workshops and office visits UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
While our in-person workshops and office visits are on hiatus during the COVID-19 emergency, please know that we’re working on ways to serve you online. We’ve created a five-step Planning Your Retirement presentation for public school employees (in the Defined Benefit pension plan first hired before July 1, 2010) who are within five years of retirement. This electronic presentation covers the exact same information as our traditional live workshops. Once a determination has been made to resume offering live workshops, an updated schedule will be available again on our website. We will continue to update our website as more information becomes available.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-154 authorizes public meetings and hearings to be held remotely, effective immediately and remaining in effect during any state of emergency or state of disaster arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for 28 days thereafter. We will continue to update our website as more information becomes available. Please view the Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement System Board Meeting Schedule here.
Revised on July 9, 2020
You may have heard that the State of Michigan retiree healthcare plan for Medicare-eligible retirees and covered dependents will be switching to a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan effective Jan. 1, 2020. Please be aware that these changes do not apply to persons retiring from the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.
Revised on December 5, 2019
Everyone enrolled in our retiree non-Medicare PPO healthcare plan (administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan) at anytime in 2018 will receive Form 1095-B in the mail from ORS. The mailing of these statements for 2018 has been delayed. We're working to get them out as soon as possible, and customers can expect them to arrive mid-to-late February.
Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Medicare are responsible for providing Form 1095-B to anyone covered by either of those entities at anytime during 2018.
Form 1095-B is a health coverage statement, required by the IRS. The form is used to report health coverage of individuals who meet minimum essential coverage standards to the IRS on income tax returns. It is your responsibility to make copies of the 1095-B form for your spouse and/or dependents. For specific guidance on information found on the 1095-B statement, contact your tax professional or the IRS.
The IRS has published some general questions and answers about the healthcare reporting forms, including what to do with them.
Published on Jan. 25, 2019
Other Items of Interest
- Retirement Act: Public Act (PA) 300
The operation of Michigan Public Schools Employees' Retirement System is controlled by the Public School Employees Retirement Act, PA 300 of 1980, as amended.
Read the latest Connections, the newsletter we deliver twice a year to our retirees.
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs)
The CAFRs contain a wealth of interesting figures and statistics about the Michigan Public Schools Employees' Retirement System.
- Workshops, Webinars, and E-Learning Modules
This two-hour meeting is an opportunity for you to hear an overview of your retirement benefits so you can make informed decisions about your retirement and your future.