WELCOME to the Retired State Employees Association website.

The RSEA is an independent, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization of retired State of Illinois employees and their survivors.

Last year State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) had nearly 70,000 retirees and survivors receiving over $2.1 billion in retirement annuities - those are not small numbers.
While others in Illinois may fixate on the $2.1 billion, we want to show the influence of tens of thousands of retirees speaking with a unified voice.

We hope you will join us in our efforts. Your membership is important to the RSEA, our retirees, and to you. The more members an organization has, the stronger it becomes, and we use that strength to protect the rights and benefits of State retirees. Our membership dues allow us to fund our efforts to show elected officials and other policymakers that State retirees are actively interested in decisions that affect us.

AETNA MAPD PPO Prescription Drug Plan Questions
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In September, CMS announced that beginning January 1, 2023, there will be one medical and prescription drug plan for all TRAIL members; the Aetna Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) PPO Plan. This new plan will replace your current plan, whether you’re currently enrolled in the UnitedHealthcare MAPD Plan, or one of the MAPD HMO plans (Aetna, Health Alliance, or Humana).
Since that announcement, several questions we’ve received have been about your prescription drug coverage. Therefore, we’ve put together a short list of Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQs, to address your concerns.

To view Aetna’s MAPD PPO Plan FAQs regarding your new Prescription Drug coverage, click here.

To learn more about this change in TRAIL's medical provider, click here.

CMS will be holding 19 in-person seminars around the state between November 1 and November 18, with both a morning and an afternoon session at the State House Inn in Springfield on November 9th.

Any questions retirees have may about coverage in the new AETNA MAPD plan for State of Illinois should be directed to: Aetna at 1-855-223-4807 from 8am to 8pm CST or by visiting StateofIllinois.AetnaMedicare.com to learn about plan benefits, find providers, and look up prescription drugs.

Information about Illinois Tax Rebates being issued, starting September 12th.

As many Illinois State Retirees typically owe no Illinois State tax and therefore do not normally file an ICR (Property Tax) state tax form, they might miss out on being AUTOMATICALLY eligible for these rebates. It is for those members that we provide this information:

Department of Revenue Information Bulletin (In-depth Explanation of the Rebate Program)
IDOR Document/FY 2022-27_N0628.pdf

Information on How to Claim your Illinois Tax Rebates
IDOR Document/IL-1040-RF.pdf

The Benefits of Membership

The RSEA advocates for its membership as a whole – The Association participates in lawsuits to preserve and protect our healthcare and pension annuity benefits.  Additionally, we monitor proposed legislation that may affect retirement benefits, contacting legislators, and even making proposed changes when needed.

Other member benefits include a monthly newsletter (The Reporter), interesting guest speakers at our monthly meetings (ranging from representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association to gubernatorial candidates), and access to our Facebook group (which allows us to stream our monthly meetings to our members who might live outside the central Illinois region).

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Update to MAPD Proposal (TRAIL) - 15 Sept. 2022

The attempt by United HealthCare to protest the decision to award Aetna Life Insurance Company the PPO contract has been denied.

RSEA has received no official notice from CMS concerning the FINALIZED award of the TRAIL MAPD contract. As you have been made aware, United Health Care protested the award and the official notice of the decision being made by the Chief Procurement Officer has not been released as of this time.
RSEA officers will be meeting with CMS benefits on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Champaign-based station, WCIA, has been at the forefront on providing information regarding this change.
Their latest article on this topic can be found at: https://www.wcia.com/news/