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 close to 500 members.
Our Unit provides up-to-date information, social opportunities, and educational trips for its members several times each year.
DON'T MISS LONG ISLAND RETIREE UNIT'S EVENTS OR THE RETIREE CHAPTER EVENTS!
GO T0 EVENTS FOR MORE INFORMATION
How do I join a Zoom meeting?
For Current Updates on the New Medicare Advantage Plan
FREE COVID HOME TESTS - Click on this link: https://special.usps.com/testkits
Dr. Candice Scott, Unit Leader
Renee Shulman, 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:
September 9 - On Zoom
October 14 - Library
November 4 - Library
December 9 - On Zoom
January 13 - On Zoom
February 10 - On Zoom
March 10 - Library
April 19 - Library
May 12 - On Zoom
June 16 - On Zoom
General Membership Meetings: @ 1:00 pm
October 20 - On Zoom
May 18 - Library
Joyce E. Bush, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
INFORMATIONAL UPDATES & NEWSLETTERS
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. FREE COVID HOME TESTS - Click on this link: https://special.usps.com/testkits
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
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
NYS UPDATED VOTING & KEY DATES - Click on the link https://ag.ny.gov/election-protection
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).
2023 Social Security Letter and IRMAA
If you collect social security or if you are eligible for Medicare, you should have received a letter from Social Security the last week of November. SAVE THIS LETTER. You are going to need it when you request your 2023 IRMAA reimbursement in 2024.
Medicare Part B Premium: Your Medicare Part B premium is divided into 2 parts: the standard amount & IRMAA (Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts). Everyone who is Medicare-eligible pays the same standard amount. For 2023, the standard amount is $164.90.per month, down $5.20 from $170.10 in 2022. The Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts (IRMAA) is a monthly surcharge that is deducted ONLY from those Medicare-eligible members whose taxable income (based on your 2021 income tax return) surpasses a certain threshold.
Payment of Medicare Part B Premium – Most Medicare members have their Part B premium electronically deducted from their Social Security Check. However, if you are NOT collecting Social Security (you may be waiting until you are old enough to receive full payment) you will receive a bill called “Notice of Medicare Premium Payment Due” (CMS-500). (From Norm Sherman)
Proposed Changes to Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Benefits www.csawf.org.
Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan Links
Visit cony.aetnamedicare.com to learn more about the Aetna’s Medicare Advantage plan or simply click here.
Finding your doctor and hospital: At the website above, click on the link that reads “Find your doctor or hospital” and then continue as a GUEST. The search tool works with zip code, specialty, and/or doctor/provider name.
Attending an Aetna webinar: At the website above, scroll all the way down to “Webinars and meetings” for a complete schedule or click here to download the Aetna pamphlet.
On the Aetna website, you will also find their list of prior authorizations and a summary of their plan, including information on prescription drugs with a lookup tool.
855-648-0389 is the direct line to Aetna for City of New York (CONY) workers only. Call that number to ask questions about:
Doctors/providers not showing in the look-up tool
Questions about a coverage for a specific drug or procedure
Locations of hospitals and urgent care centers in network
Questions about prior authorizations
Susan Barone is the Administrator of the CSA Welfare Fund. Together with Glenda Harry, Assistant Administrator and the entire Welfare Fund team they are here to serve members and are available to address all questions and concerns from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday at (212) 962-6061 or through a contact form by clicking here.
CSA Welfare Fund – Member Update – LEGAL SERVICES
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. 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 (800) 832-5182 for more information or to schedule a consultation.
CSA LONG ISLAND RETIREE UNIT'S ACTIVITIES 2023
CHAIR YOGA - WEDNESDAYS @ 10:00 A.M.
The Summit One Vanderbilt - Monday 5/8/23 at 11:30 a.m.
45 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
What to know before you go
Bring sunglasses, the reflective materials used throughout SUMMIT create a bright environment, especially at times of full sunlight
Dress with purpose. SUMMIT features many reflective floors
We recommend pants, shorts, or tights if possible
Wear comfortable, non-marking shoes
Stiletto heels, work boots, cleats and certain other footwear that can damage flooring are not permitted
A three-level multi-sensory art immersion experience with sweeping 360-degree views of the city
BEADINGWEAVING CLASS - LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS
Create 3 pieces of beaded jewelry
Plainview Old Bethpage Library on May 23 and May 30 - 12:30 to 3:30 pm
If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact Ellen Mandel at email@example.com
CSA LI General Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 18, 2023 | Lunch - 12 PM | Meeting - 1 PM
Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, Rooms A & B
999 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803
Susan Barone, CSA Welfare Fund Administrator
Mark Brodsky, CSA Retiree Chapter Director
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 @ 9:45 a.m.
440 Montauk Highway
Great River, NY 11739
An email was sent to all members to register -- No cost to paid members (Limit 20 people)
Annual June Luncheon -- Crest Hollow Country Club
Thursday, June 15, 2023 - 12:00 - 4:00 PM
8325 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury, NY 11797
$27 pp (Members) $55.00 (Non-Members)
THE CURRENT EVENTS GROUP IS ONGOING
Please email Morton Kugal at Mortonkugal@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining
OUR WALKING CLUB -- EVERY MONDAY
EISENHOWER PARK, LOT 2 @ 9:00 AM
Group Leaders: M. Korman & J. Barnett
April, May & June 2023 CSA Retiree Chapter Cultural and Educational Program
Click here to download the program for April, May, and June of 2023. Please send your check(s) payable to CSA Retiree Chapter. Include your name, email address, and cell number. Make out separate checks for each trip and classes. One check for presentations. Mail to CSA Retiree Chapter – ECC, 40 Rector Street, 12 Floor, New York, N.Y. 10006. To pay by credit card, call (212) 823-2081. There will be a 4% surcharge. Include your name, email, and cell number.
(Click on the highlighted blue wording of each date below to register)
Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) is pleased to announce programs for the month of April. The announcements and links are posted on the TRS website and below. Program descriptions can be found at Educational Programs (trsnyc.org)
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
After-Retirement Earnings (3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
"Live Life to the Fullest"
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
CSA News – February Issue
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