Director of Retirees Report
Post Office Box 40 / Oakwood, TX 75855-0040

March 2018

Greetings My Fellow Retired Brothers and Sisters,


I hope y’all had a Wonderful Holiday Season with Family, Friends and Many Memories.  I also hope y’all have survived the Time Change.  It always takes me a while to get used to it, even though I appreciate the later darkness.


For those of you that haven’t yet filed your 2017 Income Tax, it is due April 17, 2018.  Also, the IRS Website has a section titled IRS Information for Seniors (, which has sections for Retirement Income and Special Rules.


For your information, the OPM Website, (, has many options available to you, such as:


·       View / Print Annuity Statement for Verification of Income

·       View / Print 1099-R Tax Forms

·       Change your Federal Income Tax Withholding

·       Set up a Checking or Savings Allotment

·       View / Print a Year-to-Date Summary of Annuity Payments


If you have not yet signed up for online access, you may want to consider doing so to get any of the above information quicker.  Plus, the OPM Website will be getting some updates in the near future.  If you would like to contact OPM, you may contact them at 1(202)606-1800 or toll free at 1(888)767-6738.  I have to say, I do not know which number will be a quicker call.


As an important reminder, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)        is required to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by    April 2019.  A new, unique Medicare Number will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on each new Medicare card.  Starting April 2018,  CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare.  The new Medicare Cards for residents of Texas will be mailed after June 2018.


Remember folks; I am here to help y’all with whatever I can.  If you need to contact me, just call 281-546-7176, which is my cell phone.  I do not have cell service where I live, but I do forward my cell phone to our landline at home.


Elisabeth Goodwin

Director of Retirees

Texas State Association of Letter Carriers