NSEA-Retired is the ONLY retired association in Nebraska that guarantees
continuation of your NEA member benefits and NSEA services!
2018 Intergenerational Mentoring
NSEA-Retired has received a grant to take Intergenerational Mentoring to three sites in Nebraska on Saturday, April 7.
The event will be held at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk, at UNO, and at Hastings College.
This is a chance to work with Student Education Association of Nebraska members as they prepare for teaching in their undergraduate program, and hopefully through their beginning years of the profession.
An opportunity at Chadron State College may also provide a chance for retired members in that part of the state to become involved. Please register online at www.nsea.org/2018IGM
Registration deadline is March 10. Early registrations are helpful. For details, reach Rebecca Smith at 1-800-742-0047, or at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Election Ahead in 2018
Nominations have ceased, ballots are being mailed to all members, and returns must be postmarked by March 16. We urge all of you to vote. Results will be announced March 22.
Open for election is the Metro District representative seat, where Carol Krejci of Omaha is completing her first term. Candidates seeking that post will serve a three-year term beginning Aug. 15, 2018.
Also to be elected: delegates to 2018 NSEA Delegate Assembly, to be held in Lincoln on April 27-28; and delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly in Minneapolis from June 30 to July 5.
Numbers for Delegate Assembly include four delegates from Capitol District; three from Elkhorn District; five from Metro District; three from Tri-Valley District; one from Sandhills District; one from Panhandle District and two at-large delegates. Members in good standing are eligible. Candidates must live in the district they hope to represent.
April Conference Agenda Loaded with New Topics
Another vibrant Spring Conference has been scheduled, this one set for Thursday, April 26, at Mahoney State Park, just off Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha. The conference will open at 8:30 a.m. and close by 3:30 p.m. Attendees without park permits will be provided with one-day park access.
The morning session will provide an opportunity to hear from Lincoln Sen. Adam Morfeld who will discuss his work with Civic Nebraska, a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to create a more modern and robust democracy for all Nebraskans. Part of this effort involves a youth civic engagement program with after school programs spanning Lincoln and Omaha, working to cultivate student service learning.
The afternoon session will feature a viewing of “Seeds of Hope,” a film by the I Love Nebraska Public Schools organization showing the challenges and successes of Nebraska educators working with immigrant and refugee children.
Also on the schedule are breakout sessions such as:
- Recycling: New Directions and Challenges, with Karla Welding of the City of Lincoln Landfill.
- Martial Arts: Common Sense Self-Defense, with retired teacher Mike Raasch.
- The Virtual Classroom: How Does Technology Connect the Student at Home with the School Classroom?, featuring Linda Dickeson of the Lincoln Public Schools.
- Bridges to Better Living: Advice for Making Transitions as We Age, with Bridges to Better Living founder Mary Ann Stallings.
- Driving Safety, with Nebraska State Trooper Charlie Cook.
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska insurance information.
As usual, the day will conclude with desserts and prizes.
The conference is free to all NSEA-Retired members, and will cost $10 for non-members.
Tap into Your Expertise to Help Others
“Call On Retired Educators”
You may be retired, but that does not mean you have nothing to offer the profession. A better term might be you are in a stage of life called “active retired.” NSEA active members and student members could use our help in a project we are calling CORE.
Below are some ways in which you can help. Look at the list and let us know what you can do by contacting Rebecca Smith at email@example.com, 1-800-742-0047. We are attempting to make many options in which you can serve close to where you live.
- local mentoring of student members at a local event/and or on local college campus;
- assist at local NSEA meetings;
- make legislative contacts;
- mentor new educators;
- Read Across America, Cat in the Hat readings at local school(s);
- other (There is always an “other.”).
Health Insurance and Medicare
NSEA-Retired and Blue Cross of Nebraska presented information seminars on insurance options for retirees in November 2017. The information below has the updated information that was handed out at those seminars.
Health insurance options for retirees younger than 65
NSEA-Retired cooperated with Educators Health Alliance (EHA), Blue Cross of Nebraska, and Union Bank of Lincoln in the fall of 2017 to bring information about the new health care options available to members under the age of 65.
The options available from EHA for retirees under age 65 in 2017-18 are:
- $900 deductible PPO plan (the default plan for retirees);
- $2,000 deductible PPO plan;
- $3,500 high deductible health plan (HDHP) that is eligible for a Health Savings Account; and
- $4,000 high deductible health plan (HDHP) that is eligible for a Health Savings Account
Union Bank of Lincoln offers low-fee Health Savings Accounts for NSEA-Retired members younger than 65 who sign up for either the $3,500 HDHP or the $4,000 HDHP insurance plans through EHA. To sign up for the Union Bank low-fee Health Savings Account, visit the Union Bank web site, www.ubt.com/health. Follow the directions to apply for a Health Savings Account with Union Bank. Be sure to select “employer sponsored” and then enter "Educators Health Alliance" as your employer, and "Retired" as your occupation as you fill out the form in order to get the low-fee Health Savings Account from Union Bank.
You can download the presentations from these seminars and view the presentations on your home computer. The files are all pdf files, so you don't need any special software to view the presentations. When you download the presentations, you will see some arrows at the top of the presentation files. Just click on the "down arrow" to move through the slides for the presentations.
An explanation of the benefits provided by the four EHA plans available to retirees younger than 65 can be found in video webinars that are available on the EHA web site, www.ehaplan.org. Click on the “RETIREE INFO” link at the top of the page to find the video presentations.
Pre-65 retirees insurance options for 2017-2018
- To download the NSEA-Retired guide to Health Insurance after you retire Click #1.
- To download the Blue Cross presentation on EHA retiree options, including information on the changes in the plans that will be effective on September 1, 2017 Click #2.
- To download the Union Bank presentation on Health Savings Accounts Click #3.
- To download the NSEA-Retired presentation on how to sign up for a Health Savings Account Click #4.
- To download the Frequently Asked Questions about Health Savings Accounts and High Deductible Health Plans Click #5.
Medicare coverage for members age 65 and older
NSEA-Retired endorses NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic as the Medicare supplement to accompany your Medicare coverage. NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic is underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and pays for the deductible and co-payment amounts that Medicare does not cover. NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic has an optional dental plan that provides PPO dental coverage through the Blue Cross network of providers. If you decline the dental coverage when you first enroll, you will not be allowed to enroll in the dental plan at a later time.
Medicare information seminars were held in various locations around the state in the fall of 2017 to bring details about Medicare to our members. Some information about Medicare was not available at the time the seminars were held. All of the presentations posted on this web page have been updated with the latest information about Medicare. You can download the updated presentations from these seminars and view the presentations on your home computer. The files are all pdf files, so you don't need any special software to view the presentations. When you download the presentations, you will see some arrows at the top of the presentation files. Just click on the "down arrow" to move through the slides for the presentations.
Medicare for 2018
- To download the guide prepared by NSEA-Retired about making the transition to Medicare Click #6
- To download a guide to Medicare Basics prepared by NSEA-Retired Click #7.
- To download an introduction to Medicare Part D for 2018 Click #8
- To download the Blue Cross guide to the benefits provided through NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic Medicare Supplement Click #9.
- To see the rates for NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic for the 2018 calendar year Click #10
Remember, if you decline dental coverage when you first enroll in NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic, you will not be able to add the dental coverage later. Premiums posted are effective January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.
If you need an application packet for NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic, please call Blue Cross at 800-562-6394 to request one.
Only NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic offers dental coverage as part of the Medicare Supplement. Be sure to ask for the policy by name: NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic.
Summary of Benefits
For a summary of the benefits provided by NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic for 2018, Click #11.