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provides members an opportunity to stay involved with current MEA activities and initiatives even though they are no longer active managers.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.

09/18/2020

Please see attached September 15, 2020 Letter from the NYCMEA Retiree Chapter Director.

Click on link:  https://nycmea.org/chapter-letter-sept-2020-004/

04/21/2020
We have received the following information from the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans regarding absentee ballots for all New York State voters:

Absentee Balloting in New York State

Because of the COVID 19 pandemic NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order concerning the June 23, 2020 primary.
**Pursuant to Executive Order 202.15 issued April 9, 2020, voters may request and vote via an absentee ballot for any election held on or before June 23, 2020 due to the potential to contract the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To request an absentee ballot, voters may fill out an absentee ballot application and check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason they are requesting an absentee ballot. A voter may request an absentee ballot as follows:
  • Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.
  • You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form:
  • Upon completion, applications must be mailed, emailed or faxed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.
  • You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:
    • your name and date of birth
    • the address where you are registered
    • an address where the ballot is to be sent
    • the reason for the request.

    The letter may be sent via mail, email or fax

Click link for: Contact and Absentee Information for all County Boards

Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot

In addition to the potential to contract COVID-19, a voter may request an absentee ballot application for the following reasons:
  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said city, on Election Day.
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  • Again, voters may select “Temporary Illness or Physical Disability” as their reason for requesting an absentee ballot due to the potential of contracting COVID-19.
  • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

2020 Voting by Absentee Ballot Deadlines

June 16 – Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail or send an e mail or fax for an absentee ballot.
June 22 – Last day to apply IN PERSON for absentee ballot
June 22 – Last day to postmark a ballot.  Must be received by local board of elections no later than  June 30th
June 23 – Last day to deliver ballot IN PERSON to the local Board of elections (by someone other than the voter)

 

 

04/20/2020

Important: Medicare Part B Reimbursement News

Retirees, who receive a Medicare Part B Reimbursement from the NYC Office of Labor Relations (OLR), may have received a direct deposit processed by OLR on Friday, April 17, 2020. This deposit was issued to the same bank account that reflects your pension payment.  Paper checks will be sent out later.

Please check the amount that was deposited against the amount that you were actually paid for Medicare Part B in 2019. This can be done by comparing the amount received to the amount shown on the SSA 1099 form for 2019. If there is a difference, the member should file the 2019 Medicare Part B Reimbursement Differential Request Form or the Medicare Part B IRMAA Reimbursement Form.

Please see link:  https://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/health/retiree/health-retiree-medb-irmaa.page

Application and instructions are available online from the OLR website.

OLR anticipates that that they will distribute all Medicare Part B basic reimbursements by the end of April. Please, note that OLR offices are closed due to Coronavirus, so do not send anything to them by mail. There is no one to receive it. OLR staff are working remotely and able to receive email.  Please use the following link for contact details:  https://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/about/about-contact-olr.page

We recognize that retirees normally apply for supplemental IRMAA reimbursement at this time.

Advice: As there is no one in the OLR office to receive applications at this time, we suggest that you prepare your submission and hold onto it for now. We suggest that you also take pictures of your application and documents with your phone and email them to OLR if you prefer not to wait.

The additional reimbursement for Medicare Part B is usually processed by OLR in October. Hopefully, the Coronavirus situation will improve by then.

 

12/24/2019

New York State Alliance for Retired Americans – MONDAY ALERT
Tax Benefits for Taxpayers Over Age 65

NYS ARA – Tax Benefits for Taxpayers Over 65 – MONDAY ALERT rec. 12.24.2019

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.

Please see Medicare Part B FAQs via pdf: faq-medicare-part-b

or, click in the link:

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/olr/downloads/pdf/health/faq-medicare-part-b.pdf

Also, please visit the NYC Office of Labor Relations Health Benefits Program Page

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/health/retiree/health-retiree-medicare-eligible.page

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

The MEA has resumed its 2020 Chapter Elections.

The Retirees Chapter Election is scheduled for October 13, 2020.

The Retiree Chapter Election will begin at 2:00 PM and will be conducted using a virtual method (“Zoom”).

September 18, 2020

IRMAA REIMBURSEMENT

OLR’s Offices continue to be closed and employees are working from home. Normally we would receive the IRMAA Reimbursement next month (October 2020). OLR is now instructing eligible retirees to email their application form for 2019, as well as copies of:

(1)  Social Security Award Letter

(2) 2019 SSA-1099

These documents should be sent to the following email address:

NYCRetireesHBP@emblemhealth.com

You can scan or take photos of all three documents and send as an attachment to the above email address. You will receive a confirmation email that your application and paperwork were received.

If you have already sent in your application by mail or FAX, I suggest you send it in by email, just to be sure it is received and processed.

There is no date as to when you can expect the reimbursement, but we will keep you informed as we get new information

 

 

12/24/2019

MINIMUM REQUIRED DISTRIBUTION

For members who received MRD payments from the City’s Deferred Compensation program, payments for 2019 are delayed.

As you may know, the Deferred Compensation program has changed their financial agent and this involves use of a new website as well. There is no information online about this year’s MRD payments.

I phoned, which requires a really long wait to speak to someone (mine was projected to be over 2 hours) so I opted for a call-back. Even looking up my records required a call-back and the agent was still unable to tell me how much my payment would be. She did say however that payments will be sent out this week and they will meet their legal requirement to get the money to account holders before the deadline of December 31st.

Members who wish to call Deferred Comp the number is: 212-306-7760. But they are swamped with calls due to inability of members to get information online.

Adrienne Leaf, Chair
Retirees Chapter

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

December 2019

Dear Retirees:

We at the Retirees Chapter want to take this opportunity to wish all members of the chapter happy holidays and a Happy New Year.

On the news front, it appears the Deferred Compensation Program will meet its legal requirement to distribute Minimum Required Distribution payments to retirees aged 70-1/2 or older by December 31st. Also, our Social Security benefits will increase by 1.6% beginning with our January payment.

The MEA Holiday party was a lot of fun and paid special tribute to our Retiree Chapter member Joel Fishelson, who passed away in July. Four recipients of MEA scholarships attended the party and were recognized and applauded by members for their outstanding essays. The Scholarship program was one of the many MEA member benefits initiated by Joel and one he proudly announced at the annual party. This year I was asked to provide information on 2019 awards in Joel’s absence.

Our Chapter elections will be held in May 2020. Please contact me if you have any interest in running for office. Recording Secretary position remains vacant. Due to election, the May meeting will be held at the MEA Office. And our fall meeting will be at a restaurant or other outside venue.

Again, best wishes for the holidays and the New Year.

Adrienne Leaf
Chapter Director

Prior Messages:

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