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.

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Potential Provider Network Change (updated 02/02/2023)

CMS is advising of a possible change in the health provider network –

Dear TRAIL Member:

The State of Illinois is taking the opportunity to make you aware of a potential provider network change that may affect your healthcare. We have been informed Aetna and Memorial Health Systems are currently in ongoing negotiations for the provider contract that is set to expire on 4/1/2023. This negotiation does impact both Memorial affiliate hospitals and their physician groups.

This letter is to advise you that positive discussions are continuing between the parties; however, current state and federal laws require Aetna to send notification to Medicare members 30 days prior to the expiration date of the contract. If Aetna and Memorial have not reached an agreement by 3/1/2023 and you are currently utilizing one of the hospitals or physicians impacted, you will receive a notice providing you with the steps you need to take to select a new physician or address any transition of care needs. The notification does not mean Aetna and Memorial have ceased negotiations. If you have any questions, you can call the toll-free number on the back of your ID card for assistance.

The State of Illinois is hopeful Aetna and Memorial can come to an agreement to continue to provide health care to our MAPD population.


State of Illinois Deferred Comp Plan Enrollees

Now that tax season is upon us, and as you are reviewing your Deferred Comp holdings, if you notice an error in the migration of your funds from T.Rowe Price over to the new deferred comp administrator (EMPOWER), you should contact our Empower representative:

Tyler Olshefsky
Empower Retirement Plan Counselor
Empower Care Center 833/969-4532

Tyler can be reached directly by email:     [email protected]
or you can SCHEDULE a meeting with him:     Schedule a meeting with TYLER

Click HERE, for further information about our DC Rep.

Need Help?
To speak with an EMPOWER representative regarding your account, contact us Monday - Friday between 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Central time, and Saturdays between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central time.
1-833-969-4532


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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We Are Moving

         New Meeting Location


Beginning in January 2023, the location of our monthly Springfield membership meeting is moving to Springfield First United Methodist Church, located at 2941 S. Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL (on the Northwest corner of Koke Mill Rd and Wabash Ave). The meetings will still be held at 1:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the months January through October.