It’s Been Fifteen Solid Years For The Chapter!
By Gayle Lockett
When we hear from members echoing and extolling our beneﬁts in retirement, it means a great deal. It demonstrates their appreciation and a desire to share those feelings and understandings with colleagues about why joining is important. For example, Jim Mehlman, Treasurer of our Southeast Florida Unit, wrote an article in their Gazette Newsletter entitled, “You Don’t Always Get What You Deserve.” His point is that we do not always know or remember all our beneﬁts, so it’s crucial that we all belong to the Retiree Chapter and its units. He asked if you realize the following facts:
- That you receive beneﬁts and reimbursements from the CSA Retiree Welfare Fund and the Retiree Chapter?
- That there are survivor beneﬁts for up to ﬁve years and beyond? (This applies to eligible dependent survivors). Does your spouse know this, and how to obtain the coverage?
- That you are entitled to $12,000 a year in home health aide care, $10,000 from the Retiree Welfare Fund and $2,000 from the Chapter Fund? Also, that you do not have to be living at home to receive this beneﬁt. (Annual maximum is $10,000 + $2,000 = $12,000. Lifetime limit is $36,000. Physician certiﬁcation required to provide coverage by a certiﬁed home health aide).
Another interesting article written by Norm Sherman, CSARC Florida liaison and the outreach coordinator to Florida retirees discussed various types of scams. Many of us are familiar with the scams involving requests for your Medicare or Social Security information over the phone. Two simple suggestions Norm mentioned are: “Manage your paperwork. Opt for electronic statements. Shred personal documents.” The second suggestion, “Do not enter sweepstakes. Sweepstakes games generally require your personal information, which can lead to someone stealing this information. Do not answer calls from numbers you do not recognize. If you do answer and it is a robocall, don’t respond; just hang up.”
From time to time, I hope to share other interesting articles from other Retiree Chapter Units. For those who do not belong to a retiree unit, please join one: You’ll be kept up to date on welfare fund beneﬁts in order to receive their publications. If you are nearby, you can socialize and attend some of their functions.
We are ﬁnalizing our Retiree Chapter’s ﬁfteenth anniversary celebration. We plan to hold it on May 15, 2020 at Terrace in the Park, Queens. So mark your calendar and get ready for the celebration. More information will follow.
On a sad note, Felice Hannah, the former CSA Retiree Chapter Outreach Coordinator passed away Dec. 31. Felice touched many lives and was always willing to help others with vital information about Medicare, Social Security, Eldercare and other important programs. Thank you Felice. It was a pleasure and an honor to know you.
This column is reprinted from the February 2020 CSA News.