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On the Calendar
Annual Member Meeting
Wed., Sept. 16, 10:00AM(EST)

Due to COVID-19, the annual member meeting will
be conducted via video conference.
This decision has been made in the best interest of
the health and welfare of our members who are
among the most vulnerable population.  A primary
purpose of the meeting, the annual election of
directors, will be conducted.
Contact the Secretary if you wish to participate.


MCRA Board Meetings
During COVID-19 pandemic, Board meetings
will be conducted by video-conference.
Contact the Secretary if you wish to participate.

Wednesdays, 9:00AM (see dates below)

- 2020 DATES -
Feb 12     May 13     Jul 22    Oct 14

- 2021 DATES -
Jan 13     Apr 14     Jul 14    Oct 13
Annual Meeting
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the annual member
meeting will be conducted via video conference. This decision
has been made in the best interest of the health and welfare
of our members who are among the most vulnerable
population.

The video conference will occur:
10:00AM(EST) Sept. 16.
A primary purpose of the meeting, the annual election of
directors, will be conducted.  To participate in the video
conference meeting, please contact the Secretary, Norm
Gilmore, by Sept. 10 at: secretary@macombretirees.org

or call (586) 247-8673.

3 Directors’ Terms Expiring
The seven MCRA Directors serve three year terms which expire
on an alternating rotation. This year, three directors terms
expire as of December 31st. The next term for those Directors
runs January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023.

Incumbent directors George Brumbaugh and Tom Kalkofen
have stated their willingness to serve an additional term and
have been nominated. Mary Solomon has been nominated to
fill the third Director position.

Michigan Auto Insurance Reform
Effective July 1, 2020, no-fault auto insurance reform
legislation provided new insurance coverage options which
may lower rates for Michigan drivers.

You will now be able to choose a coverage level of Personal
Injury Protection (PIP) that is appropriate based on your
needs and budget.  PIP covers you and others covered by
your policy for some medical expenses that result from an
auto accident.

The new law prohibits auto insurance companies from using
sex, marital status, home ownership, credit score, educational
level, occupation, and zip codes in setting your auto insurance
rates.  The new law increases the amount of money that can
be recovered in small claims court for uninsured damages.
Many other changes became effective under the new law. For
additional information visit:
https://www.michigan.gov/autoinsurance

or contact the dedicated Auto No-Fault Consumer Hotline:
833-ASK-DIFS (275-3437)
or email: autoinsurance@michigan.gov

Qualified Health Coverage
In a June 14, 2020 memo, Macomb County HRLR Director
Andrew McKinnon states, “According to our information
provided by our health insurance partners, and decisions
made on behalf of the County, your plan meets the
requirements to be considered qualified health coverage
under the new Michigan no-fault law. “

“This is because your plan (1) does not exclude or limit
coverage for injuries related to motor vehicle accidents; and
(2) has an annual deductible of $6,000 or less per individual.”

“Keep in mind that Michigan No-Fault Personal Injury
Protection (PIP) coverage pays for more than medical
expenses – including things like attendant care, housing
modifications, lost wages, etc.   You should discuss PIP
coverage and other auto coverage with your auto carrier or
agent. As always, please follow the terms and conditions of
your health plan policy.”

Frequently asked questions are covered in these brochures:

Blue Cross Blue Sheild/Blue Care Network (BCBS-BCN)

Health Alliance Plan (HAP)


For your reference, all benefit summaries are available on the
HRLR website:
https://hrlr.macombgov.org/HRLR-CountyProvidedBenefits
CORONAVIRUS SAFETY - Help Stop the Spread

  • Whenever possible, stay home and away from other people
  • Wear a face mask when near other people
  • Maintain a social distance of 6 feet or more in public areas
  • Give a friendly wave rather than shaking hands
  • Wash hands, especially after touching frequently used items
  • Avoid touching your face and eyes
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or inside your elbow
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces often
Annual Dues
If you haven't already done so, renew your MCRA membership  
today.  Your annual dues support the primary mission of MCRA
to be a retiree advocate to the Macomb County government.  
To make a payment or get more information click:
macombretirees.org/dues

eNews Available
The eNews edition contains all the same information as the
print version but is delivered via email with a couple of distinct
advantages:
  • The newsletter comes even if away from home
  • Reduced printing and postage costs

Sign up for eNews delivery at:
macombretirees.org/update

Seasonal Address?
If away from home during a period of the year, register your
seasonal address to insure delivery of your newsletter at:
macombretirees.org/update

Annual Signature Verification
Due to the pandemic, a third party was contracted to complete
the mailing of the annual signature verification letters which
were mailed Monday, 6/22/20.  
Click here to see the letter and
form.
 You must return your signature verification form using
the self-addressed, stamped envelope enclosed in your
mailing
.  NO faxes or emails will be accepted.

Contacting Retirement Services
When possible please email direct deposit changes, tax
changes (MI, US & Social Security), and address changes to:
retirement@macombgov.org

Include only the last 4 digits of your social security number on
documents or in texts.  Do not send your full social security
number via email.

Email Needed for Online Pay Stub Access
Retirement Services advises an email address will soon be
required to access the employee online system for viewing
check stubs. Retirees who utilize the system must provide an
email address.  Send your name and email address to:
retirement@macombgov.org