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, 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
Published on Sunday, 19 January 2014 20:51
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 16, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Caitlin Dunn | 202-224-5190
Portman Urges Extension of Key Tax Credit to Help Delphi Retirees Maintain Affordable Health Coverage
Push Comes at Crucial Finance Committee Hearing
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, urged Committee members to extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), an issue of particular importance to Delphi Retirees struggling to maintain affordable healthcare.
Today’s comments followa December Finance Committee hearing where Portman introduced a bipartisan amendment at the Committee’s mark-up of health legislation to extend the HCTC for two years. After debate on Portman’s amendment, which was cosponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Portman secured a commitment from the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee to work toward extending the HCTC when Congress renews Trade Adjustment Assistance this year. This was the first commitment from Senate leaders to work toward extending the HCTC, which expired on January 1, 2014.
Today’s hearing focused on other trade legislation, which will likely be the vehicle for the HCTC’s consideration before the Senate. A final hearing and Committee approval of the issue is expected in the coming weeks.
Watch video of Portman’s remarks from today here.
Portman’s Recent Actions to Support Delphi Salaried Retirees
In November 2013, Portman submitted a question for the record to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding the impact of the failed healthcare exchange rollout on Delphi Salaried Retirees.
In September 2013, Portman joined a bipartisan group of 19 members of the Ohio delegation asking the President to review the ongoing situation involving the receipt of reduced pension benefits by salaried retirees of Delphi Corporation.
In June 2013, Portman sent a letter to the Honorable Jack Lew, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, requesting an update on the Treasury Department’s review of why more than 20,000 Delphi salaried families – including thousands of Ohio families - unfairly lost their pensions during the General Motors (GM) bankruptcy while other workers at the same company received their full pensions and benefits package.
In May 2013, Portman joined Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH-10) in sending a bicameral, bipartisan letter to the Chairmen of the Senate and House Oversight Committees urging them to continue their Committees’ examinations of matters pertaining to the unjust termination of Delphi salaried retiree pensions. This push resulted in a special Congressional hearing in Dayton to explore these issues.
In March 2013, Portman and Brown called on the Obama Administration to meet with Delphi salaried retirees and to pursue efforts that would restore the retirees pensions and benefits. In a letter to U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, the senators urged Lew to review the proposal submitted by the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association last summer and to pursue other solutions to ensure retirees’ receive the benefits they have earned that were lost through the bankruptcy of General Motors. This resulted in a meeting with senior Treasury Dept. officials and impacted Ohio Delphi retirees.
In February 2013, Portman submitted questions for the Congressional Record for the Senate Finance Committee hearing considering the nomination of Jacob Lew to serve as Treasury Secretary regarding the treatment of retired Delphi salaried workers during the General Motors bankruptcy.
Last Updated on Sunday, 19 January 2014 20:51
Published on Thursday, 16 January 2014 21:35
As a result of the delays that Marsh experienced in implementing new elections and sending bills for January coverage, February bills for pre-65 coverage will also be delayed. Marsh has advised the Board that the delay is just one week, and that all Pre-65 bills will be mailed during the week of January 13th. All members should have their February bills in hand by January 22nd. Post-65 bills are unaffected and have already been mailed.
Due to the delay with January bills, Marsh will reimburse overnight expenses incurred for timely submission of January premium. If you mailed your January premium via overnight mail prior to January 6th and wish to be reimbursed, please call the Service Center at 877-336-DSRA (3772). You will be asked to fax a copy of your receipt to the representative you speak to for expedited reimbursement. The reimbursement will be in the form of a mailed check within two weeks.
Marsh has Changed Its NameFinally, please be aware that effective January 1, 2014, the name of the DSRA-BT program administrator changed from Marsh to its parent company, Mercer. Nothing has changed except for the name – the phone number, address and location remain the same. The same people will also continue to administer and service your coverage through DSRA-BT. Future updates from the Board will refer to Mercer, rather than Marsh, as our TPA (Third Party Administrator).
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 March 2014 19:10