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.

RSEA received this update from HSHS about AETNA negotiations as of 25 May 2024.
This affects all State of Illinois AETNA plans for employees and Retirees.

If negotiations do not produce a contract BETWEEN HSHS and Aetna, then TRAIL MAPD retirees still wishing to use HSHS will be out of network and will have to ask providers if they will accept Medicare assignment and if they will bill AETNA.
If the provider will not do both, please contact AETNA directly for other options which may include selecting a new provider. All other State of Illinois AETNA plan members will have to Select a new provider by July 1. Anyone currently undergoing treatment can apply for continuity of care with Aetna to remain with the provider until treatment is complete. This continuation of treatment is subject to approval by AETNA.

The Benefits of Membership

The RSEA advocates for its membership by monitoring 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.