Welcome to the ORS website for state of Michigan employees who are in the Defined Benefit plan. (Not sure if you're in the Defined Benefit or 401(k) Defined Contribution plan? Click here).
We encourage you to bookmark this site (CTRL-D) and come back often for important information.
At this time, we are canceling all scheduled workshops and office visits UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
While our in-person workshops and office visits are on hiatus during the COVID-19 emergency, please know that we're working on ways to serve you online. We've created a five-step Preretirement Orientation presentation for state employees in the Defined Benefit plan who are within five years of retirement. This electronic presentation covers the exact same information as our traditional live workshops. Once a determination has been made to resume offering live workshops, an updated schedule will be available again on our website. We will continue to update our website as more information becomes available.
PA 254 of 2020 authorized public meetings and hearings to be held remotely for any reason until March 31, 2021. Currently there are exceptions related to local states of emergency that permit meeting remotely We will continue to monitor these declarations and update our website as more information becomes available. Please visit the individual retirement system pages for updated meeting schedules. Please view the State of Michigan Retirement Board Meeting Schedule here.
Revised on January, 5 2021
You may have heard that the State of Michigan retiree healthcare plan for Medicare-eligible retirees and covered dependents will be switching to a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan effective Jan. 1, 2020. For updated information go to the Michigan Civil Service Commission Employee Benefits website under the Retiree Information page.
Published on November 6, 2019
Everyone enrolled in our retiree non-Medicare PPO health care plan (administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan) at any time in 2018 will receive Form 1095-B in the mail from the Office of Retirement Services. The mailing of these statements for 2018 has been delayed. We're working to get them out as soon as possible, and customers can expect them to arrive mid-to-late February.
Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Medicare are responsible for providing Form 1095-B to anyone covered by either of those entities at any time during 2018.
Form 1095-B is a health coverage statement, required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The form is used to report health coverage of individuals who meet minimum essential coverage standards to the IRS on income tax returns. It is your responsibility to make copies of the 1095-B form for your spouse and/or dependents. For specific guidance on information found on the 1095-B statement, contact your tax professional or the IRS.
The IRS has published some general questions and answers about the health care reporting forms, including what to do with them.
Published on January 25, 2019
Other Items of Interest
Read the latest Connections, the newsletter we deliver four times a year to our retirees.
- Online Workshops and E-Learning Modules
ORS is committed to serving members and employees today and preparing them for tomorrow. With this in mind, we are now offering the following opportunities to learn about your pension plan. See the tabs below for ways you can help yourself learn more.
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports contain a wealth of interesting figures and statistics about the State Employees' Retirement System.
- Retirement Act: Public Act 240 of 1943
The operation of State Employees' Retirement System is controlled by the State Employees' Retirement Act- Public Act 240 of 1943, as amended.