Retirees

The Retirees Chapter membership includes retired NYC Managers as well as Managers who have left City service.

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. The Chapter provides members an opportunity to stay involved with MEA.. Members make up a substantial number of participants in the MEA Volunteer Corps as well as other MEA committees and activities.

We would love to hear from you! 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

Speakers on topics of particular interest to retirees are invited.  Previous chapter events included: annual luncheon, projects on the Volunteer Corps, participation with survey on Healthplex dental provider in order to negotiate for changes with the City, and participation with survey for advanced educational opportunities and negotiation with CUNY for new scholarship programs for MEA members.

 

Be sure to check back for upcoming event.

NYC Health Benefits Program (HBP) for Retirees website page of the NYC Office of Labor Relations

This page contains updated information regarding Medicare Part B, IRMAA, Choosing a Plan / Plan Coverage / Enrollment / Plan Comparisons, and even how to Contact the HBP.

This is the link for the Retirees Health Benefit Plan information: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/health/retiree/health-retiree-responsibilities-assistance.page

 

The Management Benefits Fund page provides information about the supplemental benefits to non-unionized personnel of the City of New York, which includes all managerial, confidential, and original jurisdiction employees and retirees. Your membership in the Management Benefits Fund (“Fund”) entitles you and your eligible dependents access to various MBF Benefits Programs. All MBF benefits, with the exception of Group Universal Life Insurance, are fully paid for the Fund.

This is the link to the Management Benefit Fund (MBF):  https://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/mbf/mbfhome.page

 

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.

Meet your Retirees Chapter Team

Adrienne A. Leaf
Chapter Director
adrienne155@gmail.com

Sam Borkow
Membership
samsbistro@aol.com

Candida Carcana
Programs

Lisa Yee
Recording Secretary