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Dear Delphi Retiree or Eligible Dependent:
In a recent email blast, we mentioned that if you are currently enrolled in the HCTC AMP program and you changed/updated your mailing address with BCBSM through a new enrollment form, you MUST verify that your address matches what the IRS currently has. If the address is different, you MUST submit a new 13441-A form to the IRS. While this information is still true, you DO NOT need to completely fill out the 13441-A form as previously stated. Please reference the sample 13441-A form located at https://www.dsrabenefittrust.net/dsrabene/index.php/document-center/Health-Coverage-Tax-Credit-(HCTC)/Sample-Documents/ for the sections that you do need to fill out when submitting your new address to the IRS.
On behalf of the DSRA Benefit Trust Committee, we thank you for your participation in the DSRA Benefit Trust benefit plans and your ongoing support. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve you!
DSRA-Benefit Trust Board of Directors
If you are currently enrolled in the HCTC AMP program and you changed/updated your mailing address with BCBSM, you MUST verify that your address matches what the IRS currently has. If the address is different, you MUST submit a new 13441-A form to the IRS. The form must be completely filled out and mailed to the IRS. (Visit our website at www.dsrabenefittrust.net or download the form at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13441a.pdf.)
Sample of IRS Form13441-A for various situations can be found at the following link: https://www.dsrabenefittrust.net/dsrabene/index.php/document-center/Health-Coverage-Tax-Credit-(HCTC)/Sample-Documents/.
-----DSRA-Benefit Trust Board of Directors
The election committee for the DSRA Benefit Trust is pleased to announce that we have two candidates that have submitted their names for a position on the Board of Directors of DSRA Benefit Trust. These people are Paul Beiter and Ken Garber who are current board members.
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 two nominees and two open positions. Therefore, we are announcing that Paul and Ken are considered elected Board Members. They will each fill a three-year term, expiring April 1, 2022.
We appreciate Paul and Ken volunteering for one more term.
The Election Committee
Bob von Schwedler
The subject is: EXTEND HCTC BEYOND 2019!…. A most critical issue facing many of us who have not reached Medicare eligibility. If you are on Medicare, we still need you to voice your opinion. If you benefitted from the HCTC over the past 10 years, we need you more than ever. Please spend a few minutes and send your request for an extension of the HCTC to your Congressional Representatives.
The need for the extension of the HCTC will be a definite uphill battle because our under age 65 retiree population has dropped significantly since our last successful efforts to extend the HCTC in 2015. But we are not alone. There are now other VEBA’s in existence that rely heavily on the HCTC and they will be communicating with their Representatives also.
We have made this as simple as possible for you to participate. We will provide a letter to use for your Congressman/woman and a letter for your Senators. Insert their names in the applicable letter, then fax or copy/paste into an email to the addressee. By all means, personalize and embellish if you wish. We strongly recommend that you include a reference to the percentage of your Delphi pension that would be used to pay the full cost of the DSRA Benefit Trust gold plan. A link is provided below to the DSRA BT website 2019 BCBSM premiums page. The letters to your representatives can be accessed at the following links:
Here’s the site to reference if you need help identifying who represents you:
Go to the site and enter your address to obtain their contact information and gain access to each of their official websites.
Cathy Cone, who heads the Auto VEBA will be making the rounds in DC later this month so our help is immediately needed to support her visits and reinforce her position.
Let us hear from you about feedback you receive.
Many thanks for your effort,
DSRA-BT Board of Directors
March 7, 2019
As previously communicated, the DSRA-BT BoD Election Committee will now accept nominations from those individuals interested in being considered as a candidate in the upcoming BoD election. We will accept nominations until March 13, 2019.
Contents of the “2019 Candidate Election Materials” folder:
Candidates that wish to communicate their operating philosophy, goals, objectives, etc. to the eligible voters may do so by adding that information to their resume.
There will be future communications provided concerning the detailed election timing, voter eligibility and instruction.
Thank you for your consideration,
DSRA BT Election Committee
Robert von Schwedler