New educational sessions on tap

Regional sessions will address pension, health care issues

By Marc Tubbs, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

Sept. 5, 2019 – The OPERS Education team is rolling out new, regional seminars to update members and retirees on the latest news regarding pensions and health care.

The sessions will include information on open enrollment for 2020, the status of pension and health care funding and proposed health care changes being considered by the OPERS Board of Trustees. The presenters will be a combination of OPERS executives and members of the Education team.

OPERS will conduct these education events regionally around Ohio through the end of 2019. The typical format will be a 10 a.m. session for both pre-Medicare and Medicare retirees, a 2 p.m. session for the same group, and a 6 p.m. session for active members who are within five years of retirement eligibility.

You can receive location-specific information and register for the seminars through your online account or by calling us at 800-222-7377.

We’ll also be conducting webinars for retirees and active members on the same topics.

The new seminars kick off this week with sessions in Independence. Here’s the remainder of the seminar and webinar schedules:

OPERS Seminars and Webinars  
Seminars
SeptemberDateLocation
Sept. 10Hillard
Sept. 11Hilliard
OctoberDateLocation
Northeast region
Oct. 1Westlake
Oct. 2Mentor
Oct. 3Cuyahoga County
Oct. 8Rootstown
Oct. 9Akron
Oct. 10Bellville
Northwest region
Oct. 22Toledo
Oct. 23Findlay
Oct. 24Lima
Central region
Oct. 29Hilliard
Oct. 30Worthington
Oct. 31Zanesville
NovemberDateLocation
Southwest region
Nov. 5West Chester
Nov. 6Beaver Creek
Nov. 12Eastgate
Nov. 13Sharonville
DecemberDateLocation
Southeast region
Dec. 3Athens
Dec. 4Portsmouth
Dec. 5Chillicothe
Webinars
Out-of-state retirees
Oct. 28, noon
All retirees
Nov. 8, noon
Nov. 25, noon
Dec. 9, noon
Active members
Oct. 28, 2 p.m.
Nov. 8, 2 p.m.
Nov. 25, 2 p.m.
Dec. 9, 2 p.m.

Marc Tubbs

Marc Tubbs is the manager of OPERS’ Education division. He oversees the development and delivery of educational content that helps members and retirees make sound financial-wellness and retirement-related decisions.

Marc Tubbs

Manager - Education

  • I went online I don’t see any links for registrations for these meetings in my account. I was looking at the Oct 8 meeting assuming since it’s Rootstown it might be held at NEOMED. Please post the link for registration

  • Since I live in a very rural area, I’m very happy to see that you will be offering a webinar. Will there be some type of registration required in order to participate in the webinar? Your article didn’t address this. Thanks so much for making the webinar available. 🌞

  • With the increases in health care costs, the adjustments for the allowance in our HRA account in 2022, is there any proposals being considered for members to add money into their HRA accounts to cover these reductions & health care costs?

  • I attended a seminar in Columbus at ODOT. The speakers in the seminars need to be more clear in explaining what the board is recommending. Healthcare as we all know it is going away. OPERS is switching from a self funded group plan where OPERS would cover a portion of heath care cost to a cash stipend with a base allowance of $600 or $900, which in reality for anyone with 30 years of service and under 65 years old is really $426 (71% of $600) or $639 (71% of $900) . This stipend is not a health care plan. It is a cash supplement and the members are left on their own to seek their own health care plan. Just as important, no one is grandfathered and all pre-medicare retirees and future retirees will lose group healthcare effective January 1, 2022

    • Phil,

      Thanks for the input. Health care changes are being considered, although nothing at this point has been decided.

      –Ohio PERS

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