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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 400 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!

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OFFICERS

Dr. Candice Scott, Unit Leader

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Renee Shulman, Assistant Unit Leader

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Evita Sanabria, Treasurer

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Ellen Mandel, Secretary

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2023-2024

Executive Board Meetings @ 12:30 pm:

September 8 - Plainview/Old Bethpage Library

October 13 - Cancelled

November 10 - On Zoom

December 1 - On Zoom

January 12 -  On Zoom

February 16  - On Zoom

March 8  - On Zoom

April 12 - 

May 10 - 

June 7 -

2022-2023

General Membership Meetings: @ 12 Noon

October 17 - Half Hollow Hills Community Library

April 18 - Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Webmaster

Joyce E. Bush, Email: jbushcsa@gmail.com

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INFORMATIONAL UPDATES & NEWSLETTERS

 

Vaccinations

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

 

 

 

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

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

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)

Health Benefits Program Fall Transfer Period for Retirees – Open Enrollment - NYC Office of Labor Relations

The Fall 2023 Annual Health Benefits Program Transfer Period for retirees began November 1, 2023, and ends November 30, 2023. Health plan changes requested during the Transfer Period will be effective January 1, 2024, and the new pension deduction will begin with the retirees’ pension check in January 2024, if applicable.

Retirees who wish to make a change must complete the Health Benefits Program Retiree Application. Completed applications should be submitted to the NYC Health Benefits Program by November 30, 2023.

Proposed Changes to Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Benefits     www.csawf.org.

In early July, the Manhattan Supreme Court issued a preliminary and temporary injunction that prevents the city from moving forward with that plan at this time. As a result, all current health plans remain in effect and no retiree will be moved into the new Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO Plan

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 FundTogether 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.

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EVENTS

CSA LONG ISLAND RETIREE UNIT'S ACTIVITIES 2024

 

CHAIR YOGA  

WEDNESDAYS @ 10:00-11:00 A.M.

No Chair Yoga Jan 24 thru Feb 29, Apr 24, May 1

Join Zoom Meeting - New Link below
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85187303721?pwd=OVhHNDgyL0ZFYnY2bmVaMC8ybnUrUT09

Meeting ID: 851 8730 3721  Passcode: 444405

Wellness Wednesdays with Denise Schira

Wednesdays, January 31 - June 5th, 12 Noon - 1 pm (No Session on March 27)

Mental and physical wellness and emotional wellbeing; incorporating breathing techniques,

mindfulness practices, simple chair yoga, gentle somatic movement, music and dance

Registration link: 

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtd-GtqjsiGtXeoUWeMUhNHsc9EcAPAk5P

  

Thursday, March 7 @ 12:45 pm - Nassau Museum of Art Exhibit

The Gilded Age - Costumes and Artifacts

 NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART   

   One Museum Drive, Roslyn, New York, 11576 

Register for the tour by emailing Sheila Michael at emsm783@aol.com   

   $10.00 per person (open to member + 1 guest)

            Please pay cash to the CSALI representative at the Door

Walking Club 

Mondays, March 25 - June 2024 - 10:00 AM

Group Leaders: M. Korman & J. Barnett

Location: Eisenhower Park, Lot 2 

Click on the link below to join the Walking Club:

https://forms.gle/uNEtW8Daw1pDric47

SAVE THE DATES:

General Membership Meeting

 Keynote Speaker Henry Rubio, CSA President

Thursday, April 18 @ 12 Noon, Half Hollow Hills Community Library

55 Vanderbilt Parkway Dix Hills, NY 11746

Monday, April 29 - The Summit at One Vanderbilt

Tuesday, June 18 - End of Year Luncheon @ Jericho Terrace 

249 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501

           THE CURRENT EVENTS GROUP IS ONGOING 

Please email Morton Kugal at Mortonkugal@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining

 

 

Jan - Feb 2024 CSA Retiree Chapter Cultural and Educational Program

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TRS WORKSHOPS

(Click on the highlighted blue wording of each date below to register)

The announcements and links are posted on the TRS website and below. Program descriptions can be found at Educational Programs (trsnyc.org)

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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

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COUNCIL OF SCHOOL SUPERVISORS AND ADMINISTRATORS

Henry Rubio – President   Rosemarie Sinclair – Executive Vice President   Dale Kelly – 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  

Please  click here for the Current Issue and previous Issues

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CSA SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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