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.

Benefit Choice Period (for those State Retirees NOT enrolled in TRAIL)

The State of Illinois Benefit Choice period for FY2024 is now underway, and runs through the end of May (2024).
For those State Retirees who are not eligible for the State's TRAIL health insurance program (primarily due to YOU and all your DEPENDENTS not currently eligible for Medicare), NOW is the time to review and choose your benefits for the coming Fiscal Year (2024).
An explanation of your Benefit Choices can be found at:

Benefit Choice Member Fair Presentation Slides for FY2024

Benefit Choice Booklet for FY2024

CMS will be hosting in person Benefit Choice Open Enrollment Fairs for our members. The fairs are open to all active and retired members/spouses not enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) Plan.

Dates and Locations for the fairs are provided in this link

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.