Retirees

The Retirees Chapter membership includes retired NYC Managers as well as Managers who have left City service.
Chapter events include: meetings with speakers on topics of interest to retirees, participation in short-term MEA projects as members of the Volunteer Corps, and an annual luncheon.

The Retirees Chapter meets twice a year. Meetings provide an opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues, to learn about upcoming changes to City benefits and activities of the MEA. Speakers on topics of particular interest to retirees are invited. The Chapter also holds an annual luncheon at a NYC restaurant.

The Chapter provides members an opportunity to stay involved with current MEA activities and initiatives even though they are no longer active managers. Members make up a substantial number of participants in the MEA Volunteer Corps as well as other MEA committees and activities.

Some previous activities have included: survey of MEA managers’ problems with Healthplex dental provider in order to negotiate for changes with the City. Survey of MEA membership needs for advanced educational opportunities and negotiation with CUNY for new scholarship programs for MEA members.

12/02/2019

Important News

2020 Social Security Benefits and IRMAA

At the end of November, the Social Security Administration sent out a letter to all recipients stating that your benefits will increase by 1.6% in 2020 because of a rise in the cost of living.

This letter states “HOW MUCH SOCIAL SECURITY WILL I GET?”

It also states how much you will be charged for Medicare Part B on a monthly basis and, if you are in an “IRMAA” category, how much you will be surcharged for Medicare Part B.

If you pay the surcharge for Medicare Part B, you will have to provide a copy of this letter to the NYC Office of Labor Relations (OLR) when you file for your 2020 IRMAA Reimbursement.

11/05/2019

Chapter elections will take place at the May 2020 meeting. All Officers – Director, Assistant Director for Programs, Assistant Director for Membership & Recruitment, and Recording Secretary will be up for election.

If interested, please contact Adrienne Leaf.

Recording Secretary position is currently vacant due to resignation of Jackie Brown. Anyone wishing to take Minutes at our next Chapter meeting please contact Adrienne Leaf.

Important IRMAA News:

NYC OLR will make two payments for Medicare Part B IRMAA reimbursements this month.  For members that received electronic reimbursement it will appear on two separate lines on their bank statement.  For those that received paper checks it will be two separate checks.

The first check will be for the IRMAA reimbursement amount for 2018 and the second check will be for the Medicare Part B Differential for 2018.

Originally, NYC OLR  planned to send out one check in October (IRMAA check) and the other check (Part B differential ) in November.

If you paid more than the standard monthly reimbursement rate for Medicare Part B, as an Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), you may be eligible for additional reimbursement.

If you submit the required documentation for Medicare Part B IRMAA reimbursement, your reimbursement will be deposited directly into your bank account.

 

Also, Please see Upcoming Events tab for information on Retiree Chapter Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

And,

Please, let us know what you’ve been up to so we can share with your MEA friends and colleagues.

Please send your news to us at info@nycmea.org

 

Watch this Space.

To Be Determined.

During the Medicare open enrollment period which ends December 7th, Medicare eligible persons can sign up or change from traditional Medicare to Medicare plus a Supplement or to a Medicare Advantage program.

Medicare Advantage Pros and Cons
Please click on link:Medicare Advantage vs. Supplemental Plans – Considerations & Comparison 11.25.2019

Also, the Office of Labor Relations moved to 22 Cortlandt Street.

Email and phone numbers remain the same.

Also,

SSA will be providing a COLA to recipients of 1.6% beginning with January 2020 checks.

 

Important IRMAA News:

NYC OLR will make two payments for Medicare Part B IRMAA reimbursements this month.  For members that received electronic reimbursement it will appear on two separate lines on their bank statement.  For those that received paper checks it will be two separate checks.

The first check will be for the IRMAA reimbursement amount for 2018 and the second check will be for the Medicare Part B Differential for 2018.

Originally, NYC OLR  planned to send out one check in October (IRMMA check) and the other check (Part B differential ) in November.

If you paid more than the standard monthly reimbursement rate for Medicare Part B, as an Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), you may be eligible for additional reimbursement.

If you submit the required documentation for Medicare Part B IRMAA reimbursement, your reimbursement will be deposited directly into your bank account.

Please visit this space for news items such as as upcoming deadlines or changes to New York City or Medicare benefits.

RETIREE.MEETING MINUTES MAY 20 2019.REVISED 9.24.2019

Minutes / Meeting Notes of the recent Chapter Meeting

You may eMail Chapter Officers directly with questions, suggestions, comments.

We LOVE to hear from our members!

Adrienne A. Leaf
Chapter Director
adrienne155@gmail.com

Sam Borkow
Membership
samsbistro@aol.com

Evelyn Nyman
Programs
efny55@gmail.com

November 2019

Dear Retirees:

For those of you unable to attend, here’s a summary of our October 22nd meeting held at MEA Headquarters.

Our Guest Speaker was Tina Ramsey, Chair of the Financial Seminars, who discussed the upcoming seminars for this year.

November 14, 2019 – Budget, Tracking and Spending

November 20, 2019 and November 21, 2019 – Managing Debt

January 16, 2020 – Tax Planning

March 5, 2020 – Investments/Deferred Comp

March 19, 2020 – Insurance

April 2, 2020 – Retirement Planning

June 4, 2020 – Buying a Home

Contact the MEA Office at (212) 964- 0035 if you wish to attend any of the seminars.

Chapter Director’s Report

MEA is seeking volunteers for the newly-formed CDP committee. Chaired by Stu Eber, the group will be working on fundraising efforts to support MEA’s educational programs for members and their dependents.

The Chapter’s Recording Secretary resigned. We are seeking someone to serve the remainder of her term, with new elections scheduled for May 2020. If you are interested in serving as Chapter Director, Assistant Director or Recording Secretary, please contact me.

Social Security will be providing a 1.6% COLA beginning January 2020.

OLR (Office of Labor Relations) has moved to 22 Cortlandt St. Email and phone numbers remain the same.

MEA President Shelly Shulman attended and spoke of his relationship with Joel Fishelson, who passed away in July. MEA will be honoring Joel at the Holiday Party on December 9th.  And the MEA Scholarship program will be named after Joel, who created the program several years ago.

Warren Lewis reported on COMRO activities.

Full Minutes to be posted after formal adoption at our next meeting.

 

Adrienne Leaf, Chapter Director

 

 

August 2019

Dear MEA Retiree:

Hope you are enjoying the summer.
Just some recent news I wanted to share with you all.

You should have received your Medicare Part B funds in April this year. If you qualify for IRMAA supplemental funds, you need to go to the OLR website and apply. Unfortunately, you still need to download the application form, attach copies of your Medicare Award letter for 2018 as well as your 1099-SSA for 2018 and mail the form back to OLR (address on form). IRMAA funds will be mailed or done by direct deposit in October.

Our new website is starting to function, so take a look at the Retirees page and give me your feedback. Lots more work for me to fill up the various new sections. If you like to do that sort of thing and want to volunteer I welcome your help.

Our spring Chapter meeting was a breakfast at Junior’s in downtown Brooklyn. Guest Speaker was Leslie Sierra, Outreach Coordinator at Statewide Senior Action Council. She told us what her organization does and urged us to get involved in lobbying for senior issues in Albany.

Our next meeting will be in the fall, probably October. Any ideas you have for guest speakers would be most welcome.

I assume most of you already know of the passing of MEA’s Benefits and jack-of-all trades expert Joel Fishelson. He will be sorely missed.

Adrienne Leaf
Chapter Director