Chair Talk

December 2019


The Medicare Advantage meetings held in the State from 10/1 to 11/22 are over. By the numbers:

47 meetings
36 locations
7300+ retirees attending
6 Blue Cross/Blue Shield reps
3 Employee Benefits reps
2 SERA reps

There are still 4 meetings to go in Arizona (12/2 & 12/3). 8 meetings to go in Florida (12/9 to 12/12). They are expecting about 1200 total retirees attending meetings in those states. Overall the meetings were well attended and all questions/concerns were answered/resolved. Individual question were handled by Blue Cross or Employee Benefits. Both Cheryl Streberger and I distributed brochures/applications to retirees at the meetings we attended.


I received an announcement on 11/18 that Kerrie Vanden Bosch, Executive Director of the Office of Retirement Services is leaving at the end of the calendar year. Kerrie has accepted a position outside of State Government. Kerrie served 16 years in ORS the last 4 as Executive Director. Kerrie Vanden Bosch will be the new Executive Director of the Municipal Employee Retirement System (MERS). Kerrie will replace Chris DeRose who is retiring at the end of 2019. Kerrie joins MERS effective Jan. 2, 2020.

Editor’s note: Bob Kopasz is Chair of the Michigan SERA Council. He may be reached at P.O. Box 692, Mt. Morris, MI 48458; phone 810/240-8380.