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The RSEA is an independent, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization of retired State of Illinois employees and their survivors.

Last year State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) had nearly 70,000 retirees and survivors receiving over $2.1 billion in retirement annuities - those are not small numbers.
While others in Illinois may fixate on the $2.1 billion, we want to show the influence of tens of thousands of retirees speaking with a unified voice.

We hope you will join us in our efforts. Your membership is important to the RSEA, our retirees, and to you. The more members an organization has, the stronger it becomes, and we use that strength to protect the rights and benefits of State retirees. Our membership dues allow us to fund our efforts to show elected officials and other policymakers that State retirees are actively interested in decisions that affect us.

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If you make it out to the State Fair this year, stop by the RSEA booth in the Illinois Building and say 'HI'. We will be there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Benefits of Membership

The RSEA advocates for its membership as a whole – The Association participates in lawsuits to preserve and protect our healthcare and pension annuity benefits.  Additionally, we monitor proposed legislation that may affect retirement benefits, contacting legislators, and even making proposed changes when needed.

Other member benefits include a monthly newsletter (The Reporter), interesting guest speakers at our monthly meetings (ranging from representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association to gubernatorial candidates), and access to our Facebook group (which allows us to stream our monthly meetings to our members who might live outside the central Illinois region).

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Update to MAPD Proposal (TRAIL)

Background provided by CMS: The original MAPD vendor contracts awarded in 2013/2014 will sunset on 12/31/2022. The Department of Central Management Services issued a Request for Proposal on February 24, 2022, in accordance with State of Illinois Procurement Code and Rules, seeking offerors to provide fully insurance Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) service to the State, Teachers Retirement and Community College insurance program Medicare-eligible retirees and their Medicare-eligible dependents.

What follows, is the situation as is stands today -


In the June newsletter we indicated that the contract for TRAIL MAPD vendors was expiring this December and CMS had begun working through the bid process to secure a new contract. Recently the MAPD solicitation award was posted. Aetna Life Insurance Company was awarded a PPO contract and no awards were made to HMO plans. United Healthcare immediately filed a protest of the outcome.

RSEA became aware of a breaking news broadcast on WCIA concerning the award and contacted CMS Benefits to ask for information concerning the award and the bid process. At this point in time the award is not final due to the protest. RSEA has expressed concern over the loss of UnitedHealthcare as a vendor based on membership satisfaction with the vendor flexibility and coverage. RSEA will update the membership as soon as official word comes on the protest decision and the award is finalized.

CMS provided the following response to the RSEA inquiry:

At this time, there isn’t much we can say due to the fact that a protest was filed and we have to wait for the final outcome of that protest. We will definitely be communicating as soon as everything is final and details can be shared.

MAPD Award Response

Current RFP process: On July 12, 2022, after the completion of the evaluation committee review and final scoring, the MAPD solicitation award was posted. Aetna Life Insurance Company was awarded a PPO contract and no awards were made to HMO plans. A protest has been received from UnitedHealthcare regarding the award of this contract. The Chief Procurement Office - General Services will provide a resolution to the protest by either upholding or denying the protest.

It is important to note that there are no changes to the plan design for the PPO. The plan will continue to be offered as a Passive PPO. All deductibles, co-insurance and out of pocket maximums will remain the same.