Members Retirees Employers
SERS Home Page
Want to learn about your retirement with SERS? Attend a seminar, listen to a live webinar presentation, or watch a video.
  [Read More...]

PREP Seminar

SERS offers PREP seminars for members who are in the early to middle stage of their career.  Any member can attend; however, early planning for your future retirement will be most helpful.

The half-day seminar program covers important aspects of retirement planning: pension payment information, health care, Social Security, life transition issues, and financial planning (Ohio Deferred Compensation). There is no registration fee to attend. Space for these meetings is limited, and advance registration is required. Once maximum capacity has been reached, that location will be closed to further registrations.

Registration is now open and can be completed on the Events section of Account Login. You will need to login to register.  You also can call our office toll-free at 800-878-5853 to register. 

2017 PREP Seminar Schedule

 Date    Location

 Saturday, October 21, 2017
 Seminar begins at 8:30 a.m.

Avon Lake High School
175 Avon Belden Rd. 
Avon Lake, OH  44012

 Saturday, November 4, 2017
 Seminar begins at 8:30 a.m.

Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Dr.
Kirtland, OH  44094
 Saturday, November 18, 2017
 Seminar begins at 8:30 a.m.
Princeton High School
100 Viking Way 
Cincinnati, OH  45246

Retirement Conference, Webinar, or Video

If you are planning to retire in the next five years, try attending a Retirement Conference.

Although there are question-and-answer opportunities, the conferences do not provide one-on-one counseling.  Contact SERS at toll-free at 800-878-5853 to register. 

2017 Fall Retirement Conference Schedule

 Date and Time
Location 
 Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
 Tippecanoe High School
 615 E. Kessler-Cowelsville Rd.
 Tipp City, OH  45371
 
 Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

 Austintown High School
 4560 Falcon Dr.
 Austintown, OH  44515

 Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
 Waverly High School
 1 Tiger Dr.
 Waverly, OH  45690
 
 
If our conference dates don’t fit your schedule, we also provide webinars once a month so you can get the same information by logging in from your computer at work, or at home.
 
The agenda for the webinar includes information about:

Service Retirement Basics
Social Security Offset/Windfall
SERS Health Care
Retirement Process and What to Expect

After completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email that provides instructions on how to connect to the webinar on the day of the event.

If you have any questions or problems registering, please email us at web@ohsers.org.

 Wednesday, November 15 at 12:00 p.m.

 Register here

 Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

 Register here

If neither option works for you, several educational videos are available from our Video Center

 

  [Hide]
 

If you previously had an online account to access the old version of Account Login, you will need to create a NEW user profile to access your personal SERS account information in the new Account Login.

The upgraded Account Login includes additional functionality, as well as enhanced security features to keep your information safe.

 

  [Read More...]
  [Hide]
 

(7/28/17) - Last month, we initiated a Call to Action regarding the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” later the “skinny repeal” bill.

Earlier today, the Senate voted against the smaller repeal bill by a vote of 51-49.

More than 3,000 SERS members, retirees, and advocates responded by contacting their U.S. Senators in 19 states. To all who responded to our Call to Action: Thank you. Your calls and emails made a difference.

The work is not over. Several senators have voiced support for a short-term fix while the health care discussion continues, as have several House members.

In the meantime, the current health care law is still in place. SERS will continue advocate for access to affordable health care coverage.

Until further notice, SERS will be able to offer the Wraparound Program that commenced in January 2017, the state of Ohio’s Medicaid expansion program will continue, and efforts to provide premium relief and choices in the marketplace will begin.

We will keep you informed of new developments.

  [Read More...]
  [Hide]
 

(7/26/17) - The August 1, 2017 pension reform date is quickly approaching. If you do not have 25 years of service credit as of August 1, 2017, and retire after that date, you will be subject to the pension reform law that went into effect January 7, 2013. 

If you plan to retire effective August 1, 2017 under the current age and service requirements, the completed application and all required documents must be in our office by July 31.

  [Read More...]

Required documents include:

  • Copies of birth certificates for:
    • Yourself
    • Your spouse (for Joint Survivor Plans A, C, D, or F)
    • Your non-spouse beneficiary (for Joint Survivor Plans C, D, or F)
    • Your spouse and dependents covered by SERS' health care
  • Copy of your marriage certificate, if you are married
  • Direct Deposit Form
  • Health Care Application
  • Partial Lump Sum Application
  • Spousal Consent Form
  • Copy of your and your spouse's Medicare Card

Be aware of these common mistakes that would make the application incomplete:

  • The application was not signed.
  • SERS received a copy of the marriage license instead of the marriage certificate. You can contact the probate court in the county in which you were married to request a copy of the marriage certificate. 
  • An effective date was not included on application.
  • A beneficiary was not named when selecting a plan of payment.
  • The required spousal consent form was not completed and returned, and payment plans B, C, D, E, or F were selected.

If you are considering the buy-up option, you need to contact us immediately for an official cost. The payment for buy-up must be received by 4:30 p.m. on August 1, 2017. Remember, the buy-up option is not the same as a service credit purchase. A buy-up only allows you to retire under the current age and service credit eligibility requirements.

  [Hide]
 

(7/26/17) - The U.S. Senate has voted to begin debate on legislation that seeks to change important provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These changes would impact many SERS members and retirees. 

  [Read More...]

SERS is urging members and retirees to contact their U.S. Senators and ask them to oppose legislative efforts which:

  1. Reduces Medicaid by capping or reducing the Medicaid subsidies to states because it will hurt people who need affordable health care the most. Medicaid is essential to older Ohioans in nursing homes, families whose loved ones are struggling with opioid addiction and low income retirees.
  2. Cuts taxes on high income workers because it will result in less money being paid into Medicare. The solvency of Medicare is essential. Ending these taxes that support Medicare will place more financial burdens on seniors who are over 65 and can no longer work. 
  3. Raises premiums and cost sharing for people between the ages of 50 and 64 because it will cause many to make a choice between paying for health care and buying other necessities like groceries.
  4. Separate people with pre-existing conditions from the same insurance pool as younger, healthier people because it will make it more difficult for them to find affordable coverage. People with pre-existing conditions should not be treated differently because of their previous illnesses.
Votes on the legislation are expected to occur soon. It is urgent that you contact your Senators and ask them to vote NO on the proposed changes to the ACA. You can do this from the Legislative Action Center on the front page of the SERS website.
 
We will keep you informed of any updates.
  [Hide]
 

(7/24/17) - A Special Election is being held to fill a vacant employee-member Board seat due to the resignation of a Board member. For a Special Election, candidates are nominated by the Board members, and the successor member is chosen by a Board vote. All SERS members, other than disability recipients, are eligible to apply for this open employee-member seat.

Interested candidates should send a resume addressed to the SERS Board of Trustees, 300 E. Broad St., Suite 100, Columbus, OH, 43215-3746 or by email to SERSBoardofTrustees@ohsers.org by August 31, 2017.

Candidates also must submit a completed Certification Form, which can be downloaded from the SERS website. The completed form must be received by our office no later than August 31, 2017.

  [Read More...]

The term for this Board seat runs through June 30, 2019. Click here to see the full Special Election timeline.

If you have questions about this Special Election, please contact Tim Barbour, External Communications Supervisor, by phone at 614-222-5901 or by email at tbarbour@ohsers.org.

  [Hide]
 


Get the Latest News Delivered to Your Email

Join the thousands of other SERS members, retirees, and employers who are already getting the monthly Board Meeting Highlights.

If you care about your SERS health care news, fund status, and financial updates, just subscribe to our email list. 

Archived News

Click here for previous SERS Spotlight articles.

  • Change font size: 
  • A
  • A
  • A
Contact Congress Regarding Important Issues Affecting SERS Retirees

Contacting your legislators is easy using SERS' Legislative Action Alert. By entering your ZIP code, you’ll have access to the contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of your federal legislators.

 

OPPOSE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFSET AND WINDFALL PENALTIES

We encourage SERS members and retirees to contact their members of Congress to ask them to support elimination of these provisions.

Encourage your legislator to support the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act.

COLA Changes: What You Need to Know

Click here to read about the proposed changes to the Cost-of-Living Adjustment.

Click here for a chart that compares SERS' proposed COLA changes to the COLAs of other Ohio public retirement systems. This document also contains a breakdown of percentage changes in the Consumer Price Index over the past 15 years.

Click here for a detailed statement from SERS' actuary.

Monthly Administrative Expense Reports

The Monthly Administrative Expense Reports contain information about SERS' day-to-day operating expenses and is provided in both summary and detail formats.

Click here to view these administrative expense reports.

Follow SERS on Facebook

"Like" our page to stay up-to-date on the latest SERS news.

We share financial, wellness, and other helpful tips to help you plan, prepare for, and enjoy your retirement.