MERS & Mercer Marketplace 365+

MERS’ partnership with MERCER Marketplace highlights the benefits of expert counseling in providing retiree access to the public health exchange for excellent service, best prices, and meeting individual needs in health care. Featuring Mayor David Tossava from the City of Hastings, Jennifer Mausolf (MERS Communications and Retirement Strategies Director), and Tara Tyler (MERS Benefit Plan Advisor).

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.

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.

How to Change Beneficiaries Online

Do you know who your beneficiaries are?

Don’t forget to let us know who your beneficiaries are so that your retirement benefits are handled smoothly without red tape, expense or delay. MERS makes it easy to update beneficiary information through logging in at

Using the Alerus Benefits App for HCSP Claims

Health benefits App

Now that you’ve left your employer, you — and your spouse and other dependents — can use your MERS Health Care Savings Program account for tax-free medical expense reimbursements. This video explains how to access the Alerus Benefits App and manage your claims.