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Aug-19-14 State Retiree & Survivor Insurance Premiums Revert to 1% or 2%

On June 27, 2014, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) filed an emergency administrative rule amending section 2200.520 of the Illinois Administrative Code, entitled “State Employees Group Insurance Retiree Premium Contributions – Percentage of Annuity.” The emergency rule increased the percentage of annuity to be paid for State of Illinois retireee and survivor health insurance coverage from 1% (retirees and survivors with primary coverage under Medicare) or 2% (retirees and survivors with primary coverage under the state program) to 2% or 4% respectively.

Aug-01-14 SURS Member Summary Screen Now Available

If you are a Traditional or Portable member who would normally receive a paper Benefit Summary Statement, SURS invites you to log on to the Member Website by clicking on the yellow Member Login button at www.surs.org and visit the new Member Summary page, which replaces the former Benefit Summary Statement screen. First-time users will need to complete the secure Member Website registration process.

Jul-31-14 Study Measures Economic Impact of Pension Plans

The National Institute on Retirement Security has released Pensionomics 2014: Measuring the Economic Impact of DB Pension Expenditures, a study showing benefits paid by state and local pension plans support a significant amount of economic activity in Illinois and the nation.

According to the study, retiree expenditures stemming from state and local pension plan benefits support 164,871 jobs in Illinois and account for $25.3 billion in total economic output.

Jul-21-14 SURS Retirement Seminars

SURS is offering fall Retirement Education Seminars for members enrolled in the Traditional and Portable plans. The one-day seminars will be held at the SURS offices in Champaign and Naperville. The sessions will be specific to your employer type. Click on your preferred location to learn more.

Jul-21-14 SURS to receive portion of Citigroup settlement

The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) will receive approximately $3,124,000 from the Citigroup misconduct settlement announced earlier this week by the Illinois Attorney General.

On Monday, July 14, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Illinois would receive $84 million as its portion of the national $7 billion settlement with Citigroup, stemming from a federal investigation into risky subprime mortgages.

Jul-18-14 Self-Managed Plan Webinar

This webinar is for Self-Managed Plan members who are new to the SURS system or who want to learn more about SMP.

Jul-11-14 Court Rules on Retiree Health Insurance

On July 1, 2013, per P.A. 97-0695, SURS retirees began paying a percentage of their pension annuity for health insurance coverage. Those covered under Medicare paid one percent of their annuity and those not covered by Medicare paid two percent of their annuity.

Beginning July 1, 2014, according to the law, those costs doubled. Annuitants covered under Medicare now pay two percent of their annuity and those not covered under Medicare pay four percent.

Jul-07-14 July Newsletter Now Available

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May-23-14 SURS - A Trusted Source of Information and Services

The past several years have been challenging ones for the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) and its members. Legislation, fluctuations in funding and changes to insurance have led to increased complexity of the System and workload for staff.  Through it all, SURS has continued to be a trusted source of information and services to its 65 employers and more than 223,000 members.

May-20-14 Judge Halts Implementation of PA 98-599

On May 14, Circuit Court Judge John Belz granted a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction stopping implementation of Public Act 98-599, the pension reform law passed Dec. 5, 2013.

The judge ruled on a lawsuit filed by several groups representing state workers and retirees, requesting that P.A. 98-599 be halted until Illinois courts can decide its constitutionality.

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