Hello My Fellow Retired Brothers and Sisters,
I hope y?all had an enjoyable summer with family, friends and vacation(s). I hope those of you that went to the NALC Convention in Detroit also enjoyed yourself, learned a lot and got to do some sightseeing. Remember, the Holiday Season will be upon us before we expect it so get your CHRISTmas Shopping done early and your packages mailed early.
Here are some Important Dates to Remember:
Election Day - Tuesday, November 6
Last Day to Register to Vote ? Tuesday, October 9
Early Voting Begins ? Tuesday, October 22
Early Voting Ends ? Friday, November 2
If you know someone who?s not registered, please help them get registered and then,
Help Them Vote. There are some very important elections on the Ballot, so Please Vote!!
In addition, if you don?t contribute to the Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF), you can do so by an automatic deduction from your annuity or an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from your Checking Account. If you have questions about the LCPF or how to contribute, just contact me and I?ll help.
As a reminder, Medicare is now mailing out the new Medicare Cards for Texas and it?s estimated to take about a month to get all the cards mailed. Why did I or will I get a new card, you ask. Because your new card will have a new Medicare Number that's unique to you, (rather than using your Social Security Number), will also list your coverage and when it began. This will help to protect your identity. Your new card will automatically come to you and you don't need to do anything as long as your address is up to date. Once you get your new Medicare Card, destroy your old card; you can start using your new card right away.
Please mark your calendars, Federal Health Benefits Open Season begins November 12 and ends December 10, 2018. Open Season gives y?all the opportunity to review your plan choices and make any desired changes to your FEHB coverage for the upcoming benefit year that begins January 1, 2019. If you are wondering about your Health Plan, I will tell you that I have NALC as mine and dollar for dollar, the coverage is more than comparable and usually cheaper. I wholeheartedly recommend the NALC Health Benefit Plan for you and your family, whether you are a Retiree or an Active Carrier.
Self and Family Enrollment covers you, your spouse and your children under 26 (including your legally adopted children and recognized natural children). Your Foster Children can also be included if you certify that they live with you in a regular parent/child relationship and meet all the requirements on the certification (contact OPM for information). Your monthly premium for Self and Family Enrollment is the same amount regardless of the number of family members covered by the enrollment and will not be reduced if a family member loses eligibility. However, if you become the only person eligible for coverage or if you become Self Plus One, contact OPM immediately to reduce your monthly premium.
As always, I am here to help y?all with whatever I can. If you need to contact me, you can 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.
Director of Retirees