New seminar addresses HRA

Help provided on how to use Health Reimbursement Arrangement

By Michael Pramik, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

June 28, 2017 – The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System has opened registration for a new seminar designed to help retirees in the OPERS Medicare Connector manage their Health Reimbursement Arrangement.

The seminars, which will be held around the state, begin July 12 and run through the end of November. During the seminar, OPERS will:

  • Show you how to make payments for premiums and medical expenses.
  • Explain how to be reimbursed for those premiums and expenses.
  • Address common concerns.
  • Help you navigate portions of your online account.
  • Review information for spouses and caregivers.

Registration is required. There’s more information on the OPERS website, including dates and locations of the seminars and how to register.

The HRA is an account that Connector members use to conduct transactions. OPERS provides eligible retirees with an HRA allowance to use toward qualified expenses, including the purchase of an individual Medicare Advantage plan, or a Medigap plan and Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

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

16 thoughts on “New seminar addresses HRA

  • June 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm
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    Will OPERS medicare Connector contact me in October, 2017 to determine if I elected to stay with my current insurance providers or change to different plans? I am the spouse of a retired employee and will no longer receive reimbursement for medical premiums.

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    • June 30, 2017 at 10:58 am
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      Glad you asked.
      You will want to review any open enrollment materials you receive from OPERS and your current carrier. Think about your monthly budget and lifestyle and give OneExchange a call with questions and to review plans if you choose to do so. OneExchange will not be contacting you.

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  • June 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm
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    I already have an auto reimbursement set up with One Exchange. Will this change in 2018?

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    • June 30, 2017 at 10:50 am
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      If you keep the same carrier next year (even if your premium changes) you do not need to do anything further with regards to your automatic reimbursement set up.

      Please be sure to look at your Open Enrollment materials and any of your carrier materials as we go into open enrollment season. Always give OneExchange a call if you have any questions.

      Best,
      OPERS

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  • June 29, 2017 at 11:26 am
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    I have been retired for some time and had to get my Health Care etc. several years ago thru One Exchange. Is there any different information at these seminars than what we already know.

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    • June 30, 2017 at 9:55 am
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      The HRA seminars will address information that has been previously shared. Because there are many questions on this topic, we thought if we addressed this topic differently than in the past in these presentations, that it may help with understanding the HRA a little more.

      Thanks,
      OPERS

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  • July 14, 2017 at 6:40 am
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    Is there any chance of getting HRA and retirement planning seminars close to where we live? We have had numerous problems getting reimbursed for healthcare, and have received no help from OPERS in trying to work with OneExchange. We also have numerous questions regarding retirement, healthcare, etc., and cannot find answers on the website. thank you

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  • July 15, 2017 at 6:42 am
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    When will we get information on if the connector will continue in 2019 and at what amount ?

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    • July 19, 2017 at 11:40 am
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      Steven,

      First, you should know that the OPERS Medicare Connector and the Health Reimbursement Arrangement, will continue. Your open enrollment materials will be mailed in late September, and will include information about your HRA amount and health care plan options for 2018. In the meantime, information on the Connector can be found on the OPERS website at https://www.opers.org/healthcare/plan-options/OneExchange/index.shtml.

      Julie, OPERS

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  • September 19, 2017 at 3:49 pm
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    From the newsletter, “Recurring premium claim forms for 2018 Medicare Part B and OPERS vision and dental premiums need resubmitted each year. New for 2018 – OPERS will mail a copy of your Health
    Care Premium Receipt in mid-December which needs submitted to establish these recurring premiums that are deducted from your OPERS pension benefit.” Is this in exchange for the current system or in addition to the current system? Can I still submit my recurring claim on line using the information from my member account?

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    • September 21, 2017 at 5:07 pm
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      Mr. Bell,

      Thank you for your question. The OPERS Premium Receipt was introduced last year for the 2017 plan season and mailed this past January. We were able to time it this year so that the receipt is mailed earlier, aimed at improving the retiree experience. If you are enrolled in an OPERS vision or dental plan or have a spouse’s medical premium deducted from your OPERS pension, the Health Care Premium Receipt is sufficient proof for your reimbursement form your HRA, and you will not need to get a Proof of Coverage from the carrier for those expenses. This is the only documentation accepted for premiums deducted from your OPERS pension. (Open Enrollment statements are not considered proof of payment.) The OPERS Premium Receipt is a documentation to include with your reimbursement form request, including the recurring claim form.

      Please let us know if you have additional questions.

      Julie, OPERS

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      • September 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm
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        I am still confused. Since 2015 these have been available on line from my member account and I have submitted them on line to One Exchange. OPERS has never mailed me a premium receipt. You did not answer my questions: Is this ( the letter) in exchange for the current system (an online receipt) or in addition to the current system? Can I still submit my recurring claim on line using the information from my member account? I am mostly confused because of this statement, “This is the only documentation accepted.”

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        • September 26, 2017 at 3:21 pm
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          Mr. Bell,

          You can still submit your recurring claim online using the information from your member account. The Premium Receipt is the only approved supporting documentation that can submitted with your recurring claim form for premiums deducted from your OPERS pension. Please call us at 1-800-222-7377 and a member of our staff can help you.

          Julie, OPERS

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  • September 30, 2017 at 8:32 am
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    Will you consider offering webinars? You offered them in the early days as we moved towards Towers Watson. It was possible to ask questions.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 9:37 am
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      Good idea – we will keep that in mind when the time comes. No decision has been made yet. Once the Board votes, any changes to the COLA must be approved by the Ohio Legislature.

      Julie, OPERS

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