CSA LI RETIREES WELCOMES YOU
"Retirement is a New Chapter"
The Long Island Regional Unit of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) Retiree Chapter is a flourishing organization, with well over 500 members.
Our Unit provides up-to-date information, social opportunities, and educational trips for its members several times each year.
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DON'T MISS LONG ISLAND RETIREE UNIT'S EVENTS OR THE RETIREE CHAPTER EVENTS!
SEE ACTIVITIES IN EVENTS
Go to Informational Updates for
2021 Medicare Part B Deductible & Premiums & How to Apply for IRMAA
Medicare Part B Drug Costs & Acupuncture
New Medicare Advantage Plan
CSA Welfare Fund – NEW LEGAL SERVICES
Renee Shulman, Unit Leader
Candice Scott, Assistant Unit Leader
Alan Lichtenstein, Treasurer
Ellen Mandel, Secretary
Meetings are held at the Plainview Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803
Executive Board Meetings @ 12:30 pm:
Meetings will be held Fridays on Zoom
General Membership Meetings:
Meetings will be held on Zoom @ 1:00 pm
October 19, 2021
Joyce E. Bush, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
INFORMATIONAL UPDATES & NEWSLETTERS
As per the CDC, theGovernor announced that all New Yorkers over the age of 65 are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. Click here for general information on the city’s vaccination program, and click here to find vaccine sites in NYC. Please be aware, there have been technical difficulties with the registration process, the city will be addressing these issues.
Nassau County Vaccine Info - Click on this link: https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/vaccine
Suffolk County Vaccine Info - Click on this link https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/vaccine
Vote By Mail – In New York State
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expanded absentee voting in order to minimize the number of people at polling sites for the safety of both voters and poll workers. Here’s what you need to know about remote voting in New York.
In order to vote by mail, voters must still fill out and submit an application to receive an absentee ballot.
To request an absentee ballot, you may fill out an absentee ballot application and check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason you are requesting an absentee ballot. You may request an absentee ballot as follows:
Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections. You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form. Upon completion, applications must be mailed, emailed or faxed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election
MEDICAL CARDS FROM EMBLEM HEALTH/GHI -- Effective July 1, 2020
Emblem Health at 212-501-4444, Blue Cross at 800-433-9592 and Express Scripts(Prescription Card) at 800-585-5786.
Health Insurance Transfer period (Open Enrollment) during the month of November effective January 1, 2021
Retirees can make changes to your health benefits once every two years. For changes to be made at other times of the year, a qualifying event must occur, such as a marriage, birth, adoption, etc., or once in a lifetime. During this window, retirees may make changes to your existing health care benefits, such as transfer into any city health plan for which you are eligible, add or drop the Optional Rider, or add or drop dependent(s).
Social Security Increase
The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on Oct. 13, 2020 that its annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be 1.3 percent, an average boost to retirement benefits of about $20 (gross) per month for individuals starting in January 2021.
The Office of Labor Relations has announced that the 2020 IRMAA form will not be available until May 2021
Proposed Changes to Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Benefits
The recording of Retiree Welfare Fund Administrator Dr. Douglas Hathaway's presentation via Zoom concerning proposed changes to Medicare-eligible retiree health benefits, specifically implementation of a passive ppo Medicare Advantage plan, is now available. You may view the recording by clicking here or by visiting the welfare fund website, www.csawf.org. The recording is on the website's home page.
New Medicare Advantage Plan From the CSA Retiree Welfare Fund:
On July 14th, the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) Steering Committee and General Membership voted to approve implementation of the proposed Customized Medicare Advantage health plan effective January 1, 2022.
A letter from CSA President Mark Cannizzaro and Welfare Fund Administrator Dr. Douglas V. Hathaway and materials prepared by the MLC are available here.
This includes the background and rational for implementing this new, improved health plan and compares the current GHI Senior Care plan to the new customized group Medicare Advantage plan.
Note that several of the new benefits, such as an allowance toward a hearing aid and reimbursement for transportation and private duty nursing are current benefits provided by the CSA Retiree Welfare Fund and will extend, not replace, these welfare fund benefits.
Representatives of the Alliance (Empire Blue Cross and EmblemHealth) presented information and answered questions concerning the New York City Medicare Advantage Plus health plan for CSA Retirees on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. The new plan, which will become the benchmark free health plan for Medicare eligibile participants, is effective January 1, 2022. For those who could not attend, or who wish to view the presentation at their leisure, click here.
CSA Welfare Fund – Member Update – NEW LEGAL SERVICES
The Trustees of the CSA Retiree Welfare Fund are pleased to announce a new legal services benefit for CSA Retiree Welfare Fund participants. The benefit, provided by the law firm Feldman Kramer & Monaco (FKM), which is free of charge to fund participants, offers several free services as well as reduced fees for common transactions such as closing on a house. The letter announcing the new benefit may be found here. A summary of the benefits provided by the plan is located here. These documents are also available on our website www.csawf.org Please call FKM at 1 (800) 832-5182 for more information or to schedule a consultation.
Our Unit’s Fall General Membership meeting via Zoom will be held on Tuesday
October 19th at 1pm
A detailed presentation will address the very important and timely topic of, “How Not to Become a Victim of Scams and Financial Exploitations"
SAVE THE DATE - END OF YEAR LUNCHEON -JUNE 21, 2022
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DON'T MISS LONG ISLAND RETIREE UNIT'S ACTIVITIES!
ALL ACTIVITIES & EVENTS ARE FREE FOR CSA LONG ISLAND UNIT MEMBERS
CHAIR YOGA WILL RESUME ON SEPTEMBER 15TH -- NOW ON WEDNESDAYS AT 10:00 AM
THE CURRENT EVENTS GROUP IS ONGOING
CSA Retiree Chapter Virtual Program
The CSA Retiree Chapter is continuing to offer the following virtual classes and lectures to CSA RC members at no charge. (Except for the Zumba Class). To register for any of the classes, email Retireeclasses@csa-nyc.org and list the classes you would like. Please include: the class or lecture's title, your name, your email and phone number. (All times are Eastern).
CSA CONFERENCE OCTOBER 30, 2021 AT THE HILTON
$50 FOR lONG ISLAND PAID MEMBERS
"LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST"
Click below to download and print the application form to become a member of the Long Island Retiree Unit and/or Cultural and Educational Program Subsidy form
Membership dues must be paid to receive the CSA Cultural and Educational Subsidy
COUNCIL OF SCHOOL SUPERVISORS AND ADMINISTRATORS
Mark Cannizzaro – President Henry Rubio – Executive Vice President Rosemarie Sinclair – First Vice President
Retiree Chapter Officers
Gayle Lockett, Retiree Chapter Chair
Joseph Rosenberg, Executive Vice Chair
John Oricchio, Second Vice Chair
Stanley Wilson, Treasurer
Janice Imundi, Secretary