Understanding Your Hybrid Plan

MERS hybrid plan overview

This video will provide valuable information and insight on how your plan works. You can expect to walk away with more information on the formula used to calculate your retirement benefit, the importance of designating beneficiaries and keeping them updated and your investment options. We’ll also discuss the benefits of myMERS and how the resources MERS provides can help meet your retirement goals.

Retiree Connections – Cybersecurity Tips and Best Practices

MERS Cybersecurity Director Scott Thompson will discuss growing concerns over data security. You’ll learn about the methodologies hackers use to steal sensitive information and get details on how to protect yourself from falling victim to these scams and MERS’ rigorous process to keep your data protected.

Estate Planning

Estate Planning

During this video, an estate planning expert will walk you through what’s included in an estate plan, why it’s important to prepare one and what happens if you don’t have an estate plan in place when you pass away. You’ll also learn about common mistakes people make and how to avoid them.

Using Your HCSP Account at Separation from Employment

During this presentation, you’ll learn more about the Health Care Savings Program (HCSP), the benefits of having an HCSP account and how it works. Additionally, you’ll learn how you can use your HCSP account balance at separation from employment. Topics covered include: Understanding program eligibility and beneficiary structure,
What to expect when you become eligible to use your account, Health care expenses that are eligible for coverage with HCSP funds, Payment and reimbursement options, Resources to help guide you

Social Security Basics

Understanding the components of your retirement income is important and Social Security is a big factor to consider. This presentation reviews hot topics such as eligibility, the process to apply and resources to help you navigate the system. If retirement is in your near future, this video is for you.

Medicare Basics

This short video provides an overview on, what is Medicare and who is eligible for coverage, when you can enroll, the different components that make up Medicare, Medicare costs, what’s covered and what’s not covered, supplemental policies and drug coverage, and available resources.

Managing Your Portfolio

Wonder what the important aspects of managing your investment portfolio are or how often you should review your investments? During this video, you’ll learn more about the reasons we invest, where to locate and manage important information about your investment account and how to make changes when needed.

IRA Basics

In this short video, you’ll learn more about IRAs including, what is an IRA?, contribution options and key differences, annual contribution limits, the MERS IRA option and how to enroll, and get answers to some frequently asked questions.

Health Care Exchange

MERS has partnered with Mercer, a private retiree health care exchange, to provide retirees with access to quality benefits at an affordable cost. In this short video, you’ll learn more about the benefits of this option, hear how you can use the MERS Health Care Savings Program to assist with premium costs and get information on taking steps to find a plan that meets your needs.