NSEA-Retired is the ONLY retired association in Nebraska that guarantees
continuation of your NEA member benefits and NSEA services!
Where: Bosselman/Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd, Grand Island (On the State Fair grounds.)
When: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
8:30 a.m. Coffee and registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome and keynote session: The “fun” of running the state fair
Joseph McDermott, CEO of Nebraska State Fair
10:15 a.m. Breakout Sectionals #1 (see below for details)
11:15 a.m. Breakout Sectionals #2 (repeat of sectionals)
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Business meeting and legislative updates
2:15 p.m. Spotlight on Nebraska – The Great Sandhill Crane Migration
Brice Krohn, Sandhill Crane Trust
3:15 p.m. Wrap-up, door prizes, celebration of the 30th Anniversary of NSEA-Retired
Tentative breakout sectional topics: Estate and Financial Planning; Health insurance after retirement (EHA options and Medicare transition); Bird Watching in Nebraska; How to really grow your plants!; Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars; Resources available for “aging in your own home”;
No charge for members to attend the conference. Guests pay $10 at the door. You can call Rebecca Smith at 1-800-742-0047 to register if you prefer. The deadline for registration for the conference and lunch is Wednesday, October 21.
Pre-conference event: Monday, October 26th
“Meet your friends” at The Chocolate Bar
116 W 3rd St, Grand Island, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Meet your friends, candidate and elected officials
Cost = $12 per person if paid before October 19; $15 at the door
A small room block has been set up at a special rate of $99 (before taxes) for the convenience of our members attending the Fall Conference on Oct 27 who are interested in booking a room for the night of Oct 26th either to attend the pre-conference event or to arrive in advance of the next day’s conference. Members are responsible for payment and making, changing, or cancelling their individual room reservations. Make your reservation by October 19 to assure the special rate.
805 ALLEN DR
GRAND ISLAND NE
Ask for NSEA-Retired special room block rate.
Health Insurance and Medicare
Medicare and EHA information coming in November
NSEA-Retired and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will be conducting seminars in October to provide you important information about Medicare, NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic (our Medicare supplement), and the options that retirees younger than 65 have for insurance through the Educator’s Health Alliance (EHA).
The Medicare seminars will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon at each location listed below. This session will cover: (a) the basics of Medicare; (b) the changes in Medicare for 2014; (c) details of NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic, the Medicare supplement endorsed by NSEA-Retired and underwritten by Blue Cross (with optional dental coverage); (d) changes in Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit, for 2014; and (e) how to use the Medicare web site to find an appropriate Part D provider.
The afternoon session at each site will run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This session will cover the differences between the four EHA options available to retirees younger than 65. The four options are: (a) $750 deductible PPO plan; (b) $1,650 deductible PPO plan; (c) $3,100 deductible, Health-Savings-Account (HSA) eligible High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP); and $4,000 deductible, HSA-eligible HDHP. Health Savings Accounts will also be explained, as well as how to enroll in an HSA for plans that qualify for one. Individuals who are enrolled in one of the EHA insurance plans can change to a higher deductible to be effective on January 1, 2016 if they have completed enrollment applications on file by December 1, 2015. Comparisons of the out-of-pocket costs of each plan design will be described, as well as what you need to do to switch to a different plan design.
The following seminars will be held:
- Tuesday, November 10 = Kearney, Younes Conference Center, 416 W. Talmadge Road
- Wednesday, November 11 = Norfolk, NECC Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave.
- Thursday, November 12 = Lincoln, Country Inn and Suites, 5353 N. 27th Street
- Monday, November 16 = Omaha, Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street
No registration is required for any of these sessions. If you want a front-row seat, please arrive about 15 minutes prior to the start of the session. Again, the Medicare seminars will all begin at 9:30 a.m., and the EHA early-retiree sessions will all begin at 1:30 p.m. at each seminar site.
The handouts for this year's session will be available in December 2015
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 2014 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 are:
- $750 deductible PPO plan (the default plan for retirees);
- $1,650 deductible PPO plan;
- $3,100 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 $3,100 HDHP or the $4,000 HDHP insurance plans through EHA. To sign up for the Union Bank low-fee Health Savings Account, visit the EHA web site, www.ehaplan.org, click on the "RETIREE INFO" link at the top of the web page, then click on the Union Bank information link at the bottom of the page. Follow the directions on the Union Bank web site 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 2014-2015
- To download the NSEA-Retired guide to Health Insurance after you retire Click #1.
- To download the Blue Cross presentation and on new EHA retiree options and the Union Bank presentation on health savings accounts Click #2.
- To download the NSEA-Retired presentation on how to sign up for a Health Savings Account Click #3.
- To download the Frequently Asked Questions about Health Savings Accounts and High Deductible Health Plans Click #4.
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 2014 to bring details about Medicare to our members. 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.
Medicare for 2015
- To download the guide prepared by NSEA-Retired about making the transition to Medicare, Click #5
- To download a guide to Medicare Basics prepared by NSEA-Retired Click #6
- To download an introduction to Medicare Part D for 2015 Click #7
- To download the Blue Cross guide to the benefits provided through NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic Medicare Supplement Click #8
- To see the rates for NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic for 2015, Click #9
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 are effective January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.
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.
John Jensen, webmaster