State pension bill among issues we’re following

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System External Relations staff has been busy on a number of issues that affect our members.

Here’s a roundup of some of those legislative issues that we are closely watching, both here in Columbus and in Washington: Continue reading

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HRA guide: Out-of-pocket expenses

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System uses a reimbursement process administered by OneExchange to help participants in the OPERS Medicare Connector pay their expenses.

Today’s blog addresses how to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses and how to be reimbursed for them. Refer to the eligible expense list on the OneExchange website for covered items, including co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance, as well as glasses, dental X-rays, lab tests and many other items. You can view an accompanying video series on our YouTube channel.

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HRA guide: OPERS-sponsored insurance

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System uses a reimbursement process administered by OneExchange to help participants in the OPERS Medicare Connector pay their expenses.

Today’s blog addresses how to pay for OPERS-sponsored medical insurance for a non-Medicare dependent, as well as OPERS’ dental or vision coverage, and how to be reimbursed. You can view an accompanying video series on our YouTube channel.

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HRA guide: Medicare Part B premiums

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System uses a reimbursement process administered by OneExchange to help participants in the OPERS Medicare Connector pay their expenses.

Today’s blog addresses how to pay Medicare Part B premiums and be reimbursed through your HRA account. Medicare Part B premiums cover doctor’s visits as well as some lab work, X-rays, therapy and durable medical equipment. You can view an accompanying video series on our YouTube channel.

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HRA guide: Coverage through OneExchange

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System uses a reimbursement process administered by OneExchange to help participants in the OPERS Medicare Connector pay their expenses.

This week we’re releasing a series of four blogs and videos that will show participants how to conduct Connector transactions. Today’s blog addresses how to pay medical and prescription drug premiums for plans enrolled in through OneExchange. You can view an accompanying video series on our YouTube channel.

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Get answers about mailed documents

The “Got mail? Get answers” section of the OPERS website reviews some of our most-common benefit-related mailings. Use it as a helpful resource if you have questions about something we have sent you in the mail.

For instance, we recently mailed change of address letters to some of our members. These letters tell members that we have received a notice from the U.S. Postal Service that the member’s address has changed. It reminds them that if they are at a new address to log into their OPERS account and update their contact info.

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Beware of scams offering cash for your pension

The North American Securities Administrators Association has issued an investor advisory on pension advance scams that could promise upfront cash to retirees for their pensions.

While the association’s role is to protect investors, its advice applies to pension recipients as well.

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Tips for solving Connector reimbursement issues

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System uses a reimbursement process administered by OneExchange to help participants in the OPERS Medicare Connector pay their expenses. This mechanism requires specific actions to receive reimbursement.

We realize that the process can become frustrating. It requires participants to first pay their health care costs, then apply to OneExchange for reimbursement from their Health Reimbursement Arrangement accounts. We fund these accounts each month.

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Annual benefit statements on the way

Consider the OPERS annual benefit statement as a check point for your retirement security.

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System has begun mailing this year’s annual statements to all active members and vested inactive members of our Traditional and Combined plans. The statements will be mailed throughout April, so not all members will receive them at the same time.

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OneExchange to waive some fees

OneExchange is waiving Connector fees for the first three months of 2016, OPERS Health Care Director Marianne Steger says in her monthly health care chat.

Members of the OPERS Medicare Connector won’t be charged manitenance fees of $2.33 for the months of January, February and March, Steger tells OPERS’ Michael Pramik in the March health care chat. She also addresses other issues regarding the Connector.

We’ve posted the video on our YouTube channel.

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