Published on Friday, 07 March 2014 20:47
We’d like to introduce you to your new BoD members:
Marlane Bengry – Marlane retired from Delphi in 2008 as the Personnel Director of the Kettering, Ohio, Delphi Powertrain plant. Other assignments through her career included Organizational Development (OD), Salaried Personnel, and Manufacturing Supervision. She is very active in her church and has volunteered with Junior Achievement as well as the Ohio DSRA delegation during the 2012 elections. Her deep OD background and salaried personnel experience should be a real asset to the board.
Sharon Delezenne – Sharon worked at Delphi from 2000 until her retirement in 2013. She has worked in employee benefits most of her career, not only with Delphi but also with Oxford Automotive and TI Automotive. She is currently working as a Patient Advocate for Home Healthcare. Sharon’s extensive experience in employee benefits and open enrollments will add a very valuable skillset to our board.
Tom Olney – Tom retired from Delphi Powertrain, Rochester, NY in 2009. His financial role at Delphi included stints in Product Planning/Cost Estimating, Business Case Analysis and Capital Planning. He is currently working part-time as a bookkeeper for Bethany Presbyterian Church. His volunteer activities include working on children’s afterschool programs, food delivery, and teaching Sunday School. Tom’s varied knowledge of financial systems and procedures provides for a great transition as Jim Hagenbach winds down his board service as Treasurer.
Resumes for these people as well as the other Board members can be found at our website by moving your mouse to "About Us" at the top of the page and then clicking on "Your Board".
We would like to thank Dan McCarthy for his service on the board over the past two years. Dan was our Hardship expert and provided great input as we worked through our annual subsidies determination before Open Enrollment. Dan decided not to run for another term.
Finally, we would like to thank Jim Hagenbach for agreeing to serve one more year as Treasurer so we would have a smooth transition of responsibilities and expertise.DSRA-BT Board of Directors
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 20:47
Published on Thursday, 27 February 2014 17:27
The election committee for the DSRA Benefit Trust is pleased to announce that we have four highly qualified candidates that have submitted their names for a position on the Board of Directors of DSRA Benefit Trust. They are Jim Hagenbach, Marlane Bengry, Tom Olney, and Sharon Delezenne.
The DSRA-BT Election Procedure, section 4.8, states the following:
4.8 If, at the end of the nomination process for DSRA BT Board candidates, the number of candidates approved to be eligible to run for the DSRA Board does not exceed the number of open positions available for election, then the DSRA BT Board may declare that an actual election is not required. In this case, all approved candidates will be considered elected Board Members. The current Board will announce the names of the new Board members to the DSRA BT membership immediately.
In accordance with this procedure, the Board is declaring that an election is not required since we have four nominees and four open positions. Therefore, we are announcing that Jim, Marlane, Tom and Sharon are considered elected Board Members. Jim will fill the open one year term expiring April 1, 2015 and Marlane, Tom and Sharon will fill three year terms, expiring April 1, 2017.
We appreciate Jim volunteering for one more term and welcome our three new board members to the team.
The Election Committee
Lori OstranderBob von Schwedler
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 March 2014 19:25
Published on Sunday, 23 February 2014 12:47
The DSRA leadership recently met with Congressional Representatives in Washington DC with the expressed purpose of informing them of the importance of renewing the HCTC. If you have not already read the DSRA e-blast, please read the communication below. Much effort has been expended by the leadership of the DSRA strategizing how to convince our representatives in Washington of the absolute necessity of an HCTC renewal. They have done a magnificent job explaining how the Affordable Care Act will disadvantage a very high percentage of those that benefit from the HCTC.
A big thank you goes out to all of those that worked so diligently preparing for the Washington trip.
If you do not act, their efforts will all go to waste. All we ask of you at this point is to make your voice be heard. Please communicate with your representatives as explained below.
Your DSRA Benefit Trust Board of Directors,
Paul Beiter Ken Garber Jim Hagenbach Dan McCarthy Lori Ostrander
On Wednesday and Thursday last week DSRA Chairman Den Black and Vice Chairman Bruce Gump once again had appointments to visit with important offices in the US Senate and The House of Representatives. Presentations were made to Senators or senior staff members in each office, including to the Senate Finance Committee, regarding the status of our pension fight where we asked for their continued support, and regarding the need for an extension of the Health Coverage Tax Credit.
Our presentations were well received with all expressing their gratitude for the information and encouragement to continue on in the courts. Senators and Congressmen are by law not permitted to become involved in our lawsuit, but they have and will continue to work to help expose the truth hidden for so long by the PBGC and the US Treasury through separate committee efforts.
Unfortunately a major winter storm closed the government on Thursday, so all the meetings scheduled on the House of Representatives side will be rescheduled soon. We did send the presentations to each office along with a cover letter explaining the main points.
Action Item: We Need You To Contact Your Members of Congress This Week to Support HCTC Extension:
On the HCTC issue: Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown along with Congressmen Mike Turner and Tim Ryan have started a new letter addressed to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and the House Ways and Means Committees requesting that they include an HCTC extension to an appropriate bill. We carried that letter to each meeting and requested each senator sign it. Some agreed immediately and the staff members all agreed to present it to their Senators. It is important that each of you contact both of your Senators and your House Representative asking them to follow the instructions at the top of the letter to add their names it!
Click here for contact information for your Senators and House Representative.Keep in mind that this week is an in-district work week for Congress, so you may be able to get attention or direct contact at your local office. Congress reconvenes on Tuesday February 25.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 February 2014 13:10
Published on Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:20
DSRA-BT members who received HCTC payments in 2013 recently received Form 1099-H for tax reporting purposes. Just like last year, the Form 1099-H mailing included special instructions for reporting if you received a “Medical Loss Ratio” rebate. These instructions are included because beginning in 2012, the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to rebate a portion of premium paid by policyholders if the insurer’s overall Medical Loss Ratio (the ratio of claims paid compared to premium collected) is below 85%. Any HCTC recipient who received an MLR rebate is required to repay a portion of that rebate to the HCTC program. However, as a DSRA-BT participant with coverage through BCBS-Michigan, you did not receive an MLR rebate in 2013. This means that no repayment to HCTC is required when you file your 2013 federal income tax return, and the notice that came with your Form 1099-H can be disregarded.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:20
Published on Friday, 24 January 2014 20:10
January 24, 2014
The Board previously issued a communication advising members about timing and receipt of new Identification Cards from BCBS of Michigan (“BCBSM”). That communication advised that some members would not be receiving a new ID card and should continue using the previously issued BCBSM ID card for 2014. Specifically, we advised that members with existing medical ID cards would NOT receive a new medical ID card even if the coverage election changed from the Gold Plan to the Silver or Bronze Plan.
The Board has now learned that the previous information provided by BCBSM was incorrect. Due to a recent system conversion, the BCBSM system generated new ID cards to members who previously elected the Gold Plan, and in 2014 changed that election to the Silver or Bronze Plan. If you are a pre-65 member who changed from the Gold Plan to a Silver or Bronze Plan effective 1/1/14, the card that you recently received in the mail is your correct card for 2014.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 March 2014 19:10Read more: IMPORTANT UPDATE: INFORMATION ON ISSUANCE OF NEW ID CARDS FROM BCBSM