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!

 

Register now for NSEA-Retired Lobby Day

            Tuesday, February 7, 2017

 NSEA-Retired Lobby Day is set to begin at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in the 4th floor Board Room at NSEA Headquarters, 605 S. 14th Street, Lincoln.  NSEA Government Relations staff will provide an overview of important legislation for 2017, and will give tips on how to lobby your Senator.  A special training on how to lobby your Senator will take place for first-time participants at 8:30 a.m.

NSEA-Retired members will go to the Legislature following the training to talk with their Senators about various bills that are important to both NSEA and NSEA-Retired.

 The agenda for Lobby Day is:

  8:15   Registration and coffee

  8:30   First-time lobbyist training (on 3rd floor)

  9:00   Issues awareness training

10:15   Observe Unicameral and visit with Senators

12:00   Lunch at NSEA; Sen. Mark Kolterman, Retirement Committee Chairman

  1:30   Optional attendance at Legislative Committee Hearings

 

There is no fee for members to attend Lobby Day.  Non-members and guests are asked to pay $10 to cover the costs of the program (payment will be collected the morning of Lobby Day).  To register, Click here.

 The registration deadline to attend Lobby day and the luncheon is Wednesday, February 1, 2017. You can also register by calling Rebecca Smith at 1.800.742.0047.  We have arranged for parking at Trinity Lutheran Church, 724 S. 12th Street (12th and H Streets), about three blocks from the Capitol.  Please use the east side of the lot and do not park in spaces marked, “Reserved.”

 

Nominations open for NSEA-Retired elections

NSEA-Retired will hold elections in late February and early March 2017.  Any active member of NSEA-Retired is eligible to be nominated as a candidate for election.  For NSEA Delegate Assembly and NEA Representative Assembly, nominations will be both by district and as state-wide, at-large candidates.  Candidates for election must reside in the district for which they are filing for election.  A map of NSEA District boundaries is found in the January 2017 issue of the NSEA-Retired Advocate.  All NSEA-Retired members are eligible to run as a state-wide, at-large candidate.  Members may file as a district candidate, as an at-large candidate, or as both a district and an at-large candidate. 

The nomination forms for the election (which you “click here” to download) work best using Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox as your browser.  If you use either Chrome or Edge as your internet browser, the “buttons” on the lower right of the forms may not work properly.  You can use the commands “Save,” “Download,” or “Print (as a pdf)” which appear when you hover your mouse over the form (in the upper right of the browser window) to complete your nomination process with these two browsers.

Elections will be held for two executive officer positons, NSEA-Retired President and NSEA-Retired Vice President, for three-year terms (beginning August 15, 2017).  These two positions are state-wide elections.  In addition, District Directors for the Board of Directors will be elected from Capitol, Elkhorn and Sandhills Districts for three-year terms (beginning August 15, 2017).  Click here to download a nomination form for positions on the NSEA-Retired Board of Directors.

Eighteen delegates to NSEA Delegate Assembly (held in Lincoln on April 21-22, 2017) will be elected as follows:  Metro District, 5 delegates; Capitol District, 4 delegates; Tri-Valley District, 3 delegates; Elkhorn District, 2 delegates; Panhandle District, 1 delegate; Sandhills District, 1 delegate; and two state-wide, at-large delegates.  Click here to download a nomination form for NSEA Delegate Assembly.

Five delegates to NEA Representative Assembly (held in Boston, June 30 – July 5, 2017) will be elected as follows:  three delegates will be elected as state-wide, at-large delegates; one delegate will be elected from the combined memberships of Capitol, Elkhorn, Panhandle, Sandhills and Tri-Valley Districts; and one delegate will be elected from Metro District.  Candidates may file as a district candidate, an at-large candidate, or as both a district and an at-large candidate.  Click here to download a nomination form for NEA Representative Assembly.

All Nominations are due by Wednesday, February 8, 2017.  Candidates for NSEA-Retired Board of Directors and NEA Representative Assembly must also submit a biography of no more than 50 words.

The names of candidates filing for election will be posted on this web page and updated each Friday. Call Rebecca Smith at 1.800.742.0047 if you have any questions.


Health insurance and Medicare

2016-2017

 

NSEA-Retired and Blue Cross of Nebraska presented information seminars on insurance options for retirees in October 2016.  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 2016 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 2016-17 are: 

  1. $900 deductible PPO plan (the default plan for retirees);
  2. $2,000 deductible PPO plan;
  3. $3,500 high deductible health plan (HDHP) that is eligible for a Health Savings Account; and
  4. $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 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.

 

John Jensen, webmaster