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8/14/2019

SERS MEMBERS

We need your help.

In January 2017, SERS developed a Limited Wraparound Plan for retirees under age 65. The plan allows retirees to use the federal marketplace to find a health care plan that fits their health care needs, and allows us to “wrap” extra benefits around the plan while allowing the individual to obtain available federal premium and cost-sharing subsidies.

The Wraparound Plan was established as a three-year pilot program and is set to end on December 31, 2019.

This is where you come in.

Approximately 500 SERS retirees are enrolled in the Wraparound Plan, many of whom have disabilities. If the plan is not extended, the currently enrolled SERS retirees will have to find alternative coverage (which includes moving to SERS’ established coverage or keeping their existing plan with no Wrap benefits), and future retirees will no longer have this option.

All participants in this program have realized significant health care cost savings, as has SERS. Any savings we achieve for retirees can ultimately extend the life of our health care fund.

We urge you to contact your U.S. Senators in their Washington offices to request their support for a two-year extension of Limited Wraparound Programs. Right now the Senate is considering a Labor/HHS Appropriations bill that would be an ideal opportunity to include that amendment.  We have made it easy for you contact them through SERS’ Legislative Action Center. Complete the fields below to contact your Senators’ offices, and request an extension of this vital program today.

Subject: Support an extension of the Limited Wraparound Plans for retirees

Dear [[Recipient’s Title and Name]]:

On behalf of the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS) and my fellow retirees, I am writing with an urgent request. We are asking you to support an amendment to the FY2020 Labor/HHS Appropriations bill currently being considered by the Senate to extend Limited Wraparound Plans for two years beyond the current three-year pilot period. House members have expressed support for a similar provision. We need the Senate to act as well.

This pilot program is set to expire December 31, 2019. Time is of the essence. This Limited Wraparound Plan has been a vital program that is helping retirees afford access to health care coverage. Please support the addition of language in the appropriations bill to extend this Program.

[ Your Full Name ]

 

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The OEA-R delegation to the 2014 NEA RA in Denver combined to purchase this quilt for $2300 at the FCPE live auction fundraiser. The quilt was donated to OEA and is on display in the OEA building. It is noted as a donation from OEA-R.