Review your info, preferences in online account

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System recently sent notices to some of our active and inactive members who have not updated their beneficiaries in five or more years.

This is a good reminder for all OPERS members to update all of their individual information if there have been any recent changes.

The easiest way to do so is to log into your online account.

If you click on “My Profile,” you can change items such as your address, correspondence preferences, beneficiary information or other family-related information. You also can update your phone number and email address, and change passwords and privacy questions.  (In some cases, it is not possible to update beneficiary information via the online account. In such case, we provide a link to download the correct form to complete to request the beneficiary update.)

Your online account contains current data on account and service credit values, beneficiary designations and many other valuable items. If you don’t have an account already, it’s simple to set one up. Just go to the home page of opers.org. Or, you can click on this link. We guide you through the entire process.

There are plenty of helpful tools in your online account, like our Benefit Estimator and Health Care Estimator. Another tool is the ability to sign up for seminars and counseling. We’ve recently set up our Connector “Get Ready With OneExchange” seminars for online sign-up. Go to “Tools and Reference,” “Seminars and Counseling” and then “Schedule Seminar” to see a listings of available educational sessions.

All of the forms that we use to process transactions and requests are online. In fact, the initial application for retirement is there, and we recommend that our members fill it out online to begin the retirement process.

Michael Pramik

Michael Pramik is communication strategist for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and editor of the PERSpective blog. As an experienced business journalist, he clarifies complex pension policies and helps members make smart choices to secure their retirement.

Michael Pramik

Communication Strategist

14 thoughts on “Review your info, preferences in online account

  • July 9, 2015 at 8:54 am
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    I am nearly deaf and can’t hear very well on phone.can I setup a face to facemeeting to set up my insurance change over with the connector,if so how do I go about it.

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    • July 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm
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      Roy,

      We have a TTY phone number. It’s 1-844-287-9945 (TTY: 711). Another option is to have a family member or friend participate in the call.

      –Ohio PERS

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  • July 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm
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    I have just come from a PERI chapter meeting where we were told by our district rep, who had went to an opers meeting. She stated it was announced that a $2.50 transaction fee will be charged each month for One Exchange to handle our insurance transaction. Also the time frame for reimbursement has still not been worked out. Is this true? If so why the fee and why would you not have these details worked out??

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    • July 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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      Diane,

      OPERS has worked out the time frame for Connector reimbursement. We’ve communicated it to members in the recent Connector kit. Here’s how it will work: If you submit a manual claim via mail, fax or our website, it will be processed within a week as long as it’s complete. You also can process claims by auto-reimbursement. This process will take 6-8 weeks to begin working, but then you will automatically receive reimbursement of your monthly premium. We recommend participants to manually submit their first two insurance premiums to ensure auto-reimbursement is set up.

      Also, the monthly administrative fee that OneExchange will charge for processing your reimbursement claims will be $2.33.

      –Ohio PERS

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      • July 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm
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        Is the $2.33 a one time per month per retiree or is it per claim. 1 medical insurance claim for me, one for my husband, one part D claim for me, one for my husband for a total of 4 claims per month? I wonder why this fee has not been published in any of our connector info?

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        • July 17, 2015 at 9:07 am
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          Diane,

          It’s an administrative fee, not a transaction fee. So it will be charge only once per month per account.

          –Ohio PERS

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  • July 16, 2015 at 4:28 pm
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    I wasn’t sure where to post this, but this blog is as good a place as any.
    My wife is on a Tier 5 drug (Humira) and, as she is not 65 yet, is still on the OPERS-sponsored drug plan through Express-Scripts. The retail cost of this medication is approximately $79,500.00 annually. With a discount from Abbott Laboratories, she is paying only $5.00 a month/$60.00 a year. So . . what a blessing that has been!!!
    Now, she will be 65 in October and will be on the Express-Scripts-Medicare plan until the end of 2015. Guess what happens to the cost of that medication come January, 2016, when we will chose a Part D drug plan from OneExchange?? I did a search on http://www.ehealthmedicareplans.com to compare costs of different plans (2015 prices), and of the plans that even cover this medication, her January, 2016 cost for this drug (again, 2015 prices) will be $2,577.00. She will be in and out of the “donut hole” (coverage gap) in 1 month. Her annual cost, out-of-pocket, for just this 1 medication will be $6,221.00!!! Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to continue this medication, and will be forced to do without, whatever that brings.
    I’m not complaining, or boo-hoo-ing on anyone’s shoulder, but I wanted to share a bitter reality of losing our OPERS-sponsored plan. While I understand the economic necessity for dropping the plan, I just wanted folks to know that this decision, while likely beneficial to most, will have disastrous effects on some.

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    • July 21, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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      Tom,

      Thanks for your comment. We will be producing a blog and video on the effects of pharmaceutical prices later this summer. One item of note is that Medicare catastrophic limits kick in after participants pay $4,700 in out-of-pocket expenses. That means they pay only a small coinsurance amount, or copayment for covered drugs, for the rest of the year.

      –Ohio PERS

      –Ohio PERS

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  • August 5, 2015 at 1:53 pm
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    I am a member of OCSEA. How do I have my signing bonus set up to go into OPERS? Also, I had an account set up several years ago, and I emptied the account. At this time, I am thinking of starting up another account. How do I go about doing that again? I am in a more stable situation now than I was previously. I need to get some extra money set aside.

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    • August 6, 2015 at 9:40 am
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      Susan,

      We have guidelines on what is and what isn’t earnable salary — not every amount of income is. Your employer should be aware of that and can guide you on specifics. We’re not sure what you are referring to by having “an account” set up in the past. If you have any questions, give us a call at 800-222-7377.

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  • August 10, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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    The Connector Fee of $ 2.33 per transaction means for my wife and myself 1 doctors visit = 2 , 2 prescriptions each =4 that would equal approx. $14.00 6x$2.33 per mo. or $168.00 per yr. …Will that be reimbursed ??

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    • August 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm
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      B,

      It’s not per transaction. It’s a monthly administrative fee.

      –Ohio PERS

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  • October 27, 2015 at 8:53 am
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    I just finished selection of my new coverage for 2016 thru the Connector. They were very helpful and made it easy. I was advised that we could keep our current dental/vision thru PERS. Advised to call 800-222-3737. I have tried for several days but as I am put on hold the line goes to a busy signal. What do I need to do to notify request for continued coverage of Aetna Vision/MetLife Dental for myself and my son for 2016. Thank you.

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    • November 13, 2015 at 10:35 am
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      Regina,

      Nothing, if it’s a continuation of the coverage you have this year.

      –Ohio PERS

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