Well, it's happened again! The SRS Retiree Association meeting scheduled for September 14 is postponed until next spring (April 19, 2022). The SRSRA Board was hopeful that the COVID situation had calmed down, but instead it has flared back up. The USCA Etherredge Center has recently made a requirement that all attendees would be required to wear masks. Many of our members and several of our vendors informed us that they cannot attend due to the health hazards. Our foremost concern continues to be to keep everyone safe at the Annual Meeting.
If you have submitted a question for the Annual Meeting Q&A session, we will keep those on file. We plan to get general answers to the questions and include them in the January 2022 quarterly. The website and Facebook will continue to be available to submit questions for the Annual Meeting next spring.
The mission of the SRS Retiree Association is to work to advocate for the maintenance of retiree pension and medical benefits in current dollars, provide assistance and support of the greater SRS retiree population, ensure that the retiree benefits and needs are visible to the broader community, and support current and future missions of the SRS.
Why should YOU join the SRS Retiree Association?
There’s increased strength and greater shared purpose with numbers.
- More members guarantee more support from elected and appointed officials
- More members leverage a better response from SRS and the DOE
- More members provide a more representative retiree viewpoint
- More numbers increase funding for our Retiree Resource Center
Without you, our benefits and resources will die out and we’ll all suffer. We’ve worked hard for those benefits – let’s not give them up!
SPECIAL IMPORTANT MESSAGE!
Annual Rx Plan Review October 15th - December 7th
Your biggest medical savings can be from your annual review of your Medicare Rx program. Medicare CMS, Consumer Reports, and other organizations strongly encourage these annual reviews. You can do this (a) by yourself online with Medicare.gov (b) through calling RightOpt (c) in person by appointment or mail at the SRSRA Retiree Resource Center, or (d) through a local insurance agent.
Our Retiree Resource Center has conducted 2,453 Medicare Part D Prescription Drug reviews during the past four years and has replaced 68% of the reviewed retirees’ plans with cheaper plans for the following year. The Rx plans change their drug plan formularies, copays, deductibles, premiums and pharmacy networks annually to maximize their profitability. These annual reviews have saved our retirees $1.4 million in out-of-pocket expenses for 2016 to 2019 plans.
However you do your annual review, do it! Don’t leave your hard-earned money on the table!