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 - APR 14, 2021
Wednesday 9:00AM

- 2021 DATES -
Jan 13     Apr 14     Jul 14    Oct 13
New Vision Provider
SVS Vision has been replaced with Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Michigan's (BCBSM) VSP Network
as your optional vision  benefit provider for
2021.  If you had SVS Vision in 2020, you should
have
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.

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.
Annual Dues
Check your membership status in your news-
letter.  To renew or get more information visit:
macombretirees.org/dues

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Seasonal Address?
If away from home part of the year, avoid
delivery delays 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

Health Alliance Plan (HAP)
Vision Benefit Deduction Error
You may have noticed that no money was
deducted from your January 2021 pension for
your vision care benefit.
HR director Andrew McKinnon indicates there
was a Finance error, so in February 2021 there
will be a double vision benefit deduction.  The
new BCBSM VSP vision coverage is in effect.  You
should have received a new vision benefit card
from Blue Cross.
Officers Elected
Per the By-Laws, the Directors elect from among
themselves those who will serve as officers
during the first MCRA Board meeting held each
calendar year. At the Jan. 13th MCRA Board
meeting, the following were unanimously
elected to serve as officers for 2021:
President
George Brumbaugh
Vice President
Wendy Fisher
Secretary
Norm Gilmore
Treasurer
Mary Solomon
New Website Appearance
If you've noticed some changes to the
appearance of the MCRA website recently it's
because our web hosting service has required
us to migrate to new website development
software.  We are trying hard to keep all the
same information available while hopefully
making some improvements too.