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WELCOME to your source for information about MCRA, upcoming events,
and links to retirement and benefit resources for Macomb County retirees.
On the Calendar
MCRA Board Meeting
Due to COVID-19, the Board meeting
will be conducted by Zoom video conference.
Contact the Secretary if you wish to participate.

NEXT MEETING - JAN 13, 2021
Wednesday 9:00AM

- 2021 DATES -
Jan 13     Apr 14     Jul 14    Oct 13
Open Enrollment
The annual Open Enrollment period is in effect now
through Friday, November 27, 2020.  You should receive a
letter from Macomb County HRLR in early November.
Click here to see a copy of the open enrollment letter.

Open enrollment is the time to change or enroll in medical
plans for Non-Medicare eligible individuals and to change/
enroll optional benefits for you and your spouse (dental,
vision and hearing coverage.) Changes made during open
enrollment will be effective January 1, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: Any optional benefit deduction changes will
be reflected on your February 1, 2021 pension check.

New Vision Provider
There is an exciting change to the optional benefits for
2021, the current vision provider, SVS Vision is being
repl
aced with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's (BCBSM)
VSP Network. If you have SVS now, you will automatically
be enrolled in the new plan.  If you do not elect medical
benefits with the County, you may still elect vision
coverage with BCBSM (VSP Network).

BCBSM's VSP Network is much broader and you will be able
to receive service at a number of locations.  Two examples
of providers who accept BCBSM VSP are SVS Vision and
Optim-Eyes. Therefore, if you liked SVS you can still go
there and nothing will change but your vision benefit
provider. You will receive a new card from BCBSM for your
vision coverage. This new card will not be for medical
services or prescription drugs. This card is in addition to
the current medical card(s) you may have.

Annual Meeting
Due to COVID-19, the Sep. 16, 2020 Annual Member
Meeting was held via video conference.  In addition to
Secretary's, Treasurer's and President's reports, the
annual election of directors, was conducted.
Click here to review the full meeting minutes.

The seven MCRA Directors serve alternate rotating terms.
The following 3 persons were elected to serve as Directors
for the term of Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2023:
  • George Brumbaugh
  • Tom Kalkofen
  • Mary Solomon

Many thanks to Jill Lezotte who has been a Director since
2013 and served as the Treasurer these past eight years.  
We are all grateful for her dedicated service.

Contacting Retirement Services
When possible, 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.
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
Check your membership status in your news-
letter.  If your membership expires within the
next 3 months, renew your membership today.  
To renew or get more information visit:
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 advantages:
  • Delivered even when 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
insure delivery of your newsletter by registering
your seasonal address at:
macombretirees.org/update
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.  Choose a coverage
level of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) that is appropriate
based on your needs and budget.

For additional information:
Visit:
https://www.michigan.gov/autoinsurance
Email: autoinsurance@michigan.gov
Call: 833-ASK-DIFS (275-3437)
Auto No-Fault Consumer Hotline

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. “

“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)