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Springfield Area Flu Shot Schedule

Attention ALL State Employees & Retirees:

Be Well Illinois, CMS, and its health partners enthusiastically encourage you and your covered dependents to get your flu shot this year, as it is more important than ever. Flu shots are safe and effective in the fight against influenza. State Employees and Retirees are eligible to receive the flu shot at no charge at our upcoming flu shot clinics as well as through your doctor, local health department, or pharmacy.
As flu season is once again upon us, there are many options available to State Employees and Retirees to get their flu shots. Below are the scheduled on-site clinics in Springfield State agencies.
2023 Information about Chicago and Downstate Flu Shot Information will be posted as it become available (Coming soon).

2023 Flu Shots

State Retirement Workshops Still Available

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SERS still has a few openings available for their UNDERSTANDING YOUR RETIREMENT BENEFITS workshops.

May 18th in Springfield & May 25th in Chicago -- Click HERE to Register

If you are unable to attend these workshops, you are always welcome to VIEW a pre-recorded workshop at:

Click HERE to VIEW the Understanding Your Benefits webinar

RSEA Working Legislatively to Address Member Concerns About New Aetna Medicare Plan

In response to member concerns identified in the Aetna transition, RSEA asked several legislators to introduce legislation for us. This legislation would address problems with a number of providers not agreeing to accept the new Aetna-only Medicare Advantage Passive PPO plan. Senate Bill 1762 was introduced on February 9, 2023, by Senator Ann Gillespie with Senator David Koehler joining as Joint Co-Sponsor. Rep. Camille Y. Lilly also introduced House Bill 3066 as a vehicle to carry our proposal. Approval of this legislation would prevent any retiree on Medicare from being balance billed by any Illinois provider for more than the Medicare approved amount and thereby protect them from having to change their doctor or hospital if that provider chooses to become a non-network provider.
Unfortunately, this legislation has run into opposition from the Illinois State Medical Society, and the Chair of the Senate Insurance Committee only allowed bills without opposition to be heard in his committee. As a result, our bill was not heard in committee and did not move to the Senate floor. The Department of Insurance (DOI) is open to the concept of what we are trying to do but has some concerns about how our legislation is drafted. AFSCME of Illinois, ISAE-Retirees and other retiree’s organizations support our efforts. Our sponsors have asked us to work with the DOI and others to produce agreeable language to address their concerns while achieving our purpose of ensuring that our members can continue to see non-network providers without having to change providers or pay any more out of pocket expenses. RSEA’s legislative team and its lobbyists will be meeting with DOI staff this month with the goal of reaching a compromise on this important legislative proposal by the end of Spring session next month. We also want to thank our sponsors for their support and efforts on behalf of RSEA members..

BE WELL Webinars and Podcasts for the month of April 2023.

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Be Well Illinois Webinars for the month of April 2023

-- Laughter, Humor and Play to Reduce Stress and Solve Problems
-- When: Wednesday, April 5, 2023, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM CT

-- Title: FinWell Fireside Livestream: Goal Setting & Budgeting
-- When: Thursday, April 13, 2023, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM CT

-- Helping Children Develop Strong Ethics and Values
-- When: Wednesday, April 19, 2023, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM CT

Be Well Illinois Podcasts for the month of April 2023

-- Title: Advances in Autism Research
-- April is Autism Acceptance Month

-- Title: Stress Awareness
-- April is Stress Awareness Month

Click HERE for additional information


SERS Update on Back Wage Adjustments 03/10/2023

Click on the link below to be forwarded to the SERS website for their latest update:
Retiree Backpay Info
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