Approximately 59 people attended the Fayette/Madison County Ohio Public Employee Retiree Systems bimonthly meeting in the cafeteria of the Fayette County Commission on Aging, Sept. 23. President Sylvia Hildreth called the meeting to order and all stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.
The speaker for the meeting was Sherma Brown Carisa, representative of Humana Advantage Insurance and manages the OPERS account. The subject of the talk concerned the Medicare Connector program, which begins in October, and some information regarding what each member should consider when choosing insurance. Also she gave a very good comparison between regular supplemental insurance, PPO’s and HMO’s.
Sylvia called the business part of the meeting to order. Jeanne Immell gave the secretary’s report. Marilee Peterson gave the treasurer’s report. We currently have 36 members. Both reports were approved.
Legislative Program Chairman, Jim Essman, was absent but sent a message informing the members of some potentially harmful legislation that Ohio’s treasurer , Josh Mandel, is planning to propose concerning state public investments that could harm OPERS retirement fund investments. Be prepared to contact your representative.
We encourage the new members to become active in OPERI because OPERI is keeping the retirement system out of government hands.
The president reminded the group to call the OneExchange Connector and call them right away at 1-844-287-9945. You can also enter your personal profile at www.medicare.onexchange.com/OPERS .
Bonnie Kellenberger and Jeanne Immell volunteered to be the nominating committee for vice president and treasurer for November. Also Sylvia mentioned the group always donated to the center and wondered if the group thought we should give more. The group voted to raise the amount.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18.