NSEA-Retired

 

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NSEA-Retired is the ONLY retired association in Nebraska that guarantees
continuation of your NEA member benefits and NSEA services!


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 rebecca.smith@nsea.org, 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

2017-2018

Medicare and EHA information coming in November

NSEA-Retired and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will be conducting seminars in November 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).

Click here for more information on those seminars and to register to attend an event.

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 2018; (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 2018; 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) $900 deductible PPO plan; (b) $2,000 deductible PPO plan; (c) $3,500 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, 2018 if they have completed enrollment applications on file by December 1, 2017.  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 2017 seminars will be held:

  • Monday, November 6:  Omaha; Institute for the Culinary Arts (Room 201A) on the Fort Omaha campus of Metro Community College, 5370 N 30th Street
  • Tuesday, November 7: Kearney; Holiday Inn, 110 S. 2nd Ave.
  • Wednesday, November 8: Lincoln; Southeast Community College, 8800 “O” Street
  • Friday, November 10: Norfolk; NECC LifeLong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave.

Registration is required for these seminars.  Click here to register.  You will get a screen confirmation of your registration, but no email reminder will be send about the seminars.  If you want a front-row seat, please arrive at least 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.

All of the files below are from the health insurance seminars held last school year.  The files will be updated for this year's information after the seminars are complete.  Please return to this web page in late November to view the files for this school year.

Pre-65 retirees insurance options for 2016-2017

  • 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 2016 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 2016

  • 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 2016 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 2017 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, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

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 2017, Click #11.