Advocating for Active and Retired
State Employees and Educators
The Georgia State Retirees Association (GSRA) is an organization focused on keeping retirees and prospective retirees from all parts of Georgia Government well informed about changes in promised retiree and health insurance benefits.
The benefits provided by State pension and health insurance programs are under constant pressure by legislation and administrative regulation. As a career employee, the State made contractual promises to YOU to provide a pension to meet your post-employment financial needs and a health insurance plan to pay most of your medical bills in exchange for your long and dedicated service.
Constant vigilance is necessary in today’s fast-paced environment to ensure that those promises are kept.
2013 Annual Meeting Will Take A Fresh Approach!
Based on member responses to the Annual Meeting Survey that was sent to members earlier this year, GSRA is taking a decidedly different approach for its seventh Annual Meeting. While the meeting date will still be in October, the Board-after much consideration-decided to hold the 2013 Annual Meeting at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia over the course of two days, Monday and Tuesday, October 14th and 15th. Athens' Foundry Park Inn will serve as the host hotel for the event and will provide reasonable overnight stay rates.
Detailed information regarding registration, lodging and meeting agenda will be provided in subsequent newsletters and communications to members. Mark your calendar for October 14 and 15, 2013, and make plans now to attend this important event!
See more details and the summary survey results in the May Newsletter.
Attention ERS Members planning to Retire after June, 2013
Don't forget that the ERS Board voted last August to eliminate the 3% tax offset adjustment applied as an increase to the first $37,500 of a new retiree’s pension benefit. The 3% tax offset adjustment will be eliminated effective July 1, 2013, affecting employees who file for retirement after June 1, 2013. All employees retiring after that date will NOT receive the 3% tax offset adjustment. The policy change will not affect current retirees. GSRA alerted its members about this impending move for members of ERS in the August Newsletter and provided information about GSRA actions to mitigate the negative effects for future retirees. For more information, refer to the August Newsletter.