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MERS Communication Corner

MERS is committed to communicating with our participants and employers on relevant issues and benefit information. The MERS Communication Corner is here to help you organize recent mailings or emails that were sent from MERS, so that you know what was sent and any action that needs to be taken.

Please note: All mailing dates are approximate. Large mailings such as account statements can vary up to two weeks from the mailing date.

Communications Sent

March 12, 2018 - 

Audience: Employers at municipalities that were recently notified by the Michigan Dept. of Treasury that they are under review of being in underfunded status for Pension and/or OPEB liabilities

Product: Defined Benefit, Health Care Savings Program

Contacts: Primary, Finance, HR, Highest Board, Highest Administrative

Date sent: 3/12/18

Format: Email


Recently, municipalities were notified by the Michigan Department of Treasury if they are under preliminary review of being in underfunded status for pension and/or OPEB liability. This is the result of the information that the municipality supplied to Treasury earlier this year on Form 5572.

Municipalities that received this notice have the option to apply for a waiver if they have taken action that proves they have a plan to address their UAL. In response, MERS has put together a guide of information that a municipality can use to determine if they have taken any steps toward addressing UAL, and if so, where they can locate the supporting documentation to submit with their waiver.

An eblast was sent to all Primary, Finance, HR, Highest Administrative and Highest Board position contacts at all municipalities that received notice from Treasury with an overview of these resources.


A copy of the eblast can be found here (each eBlast was sent  from the respective Regional Manager).

A copy of the Waiver Completion Guide can be found here.

The Legislative Resource page on has also been updated to reflect this information.

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