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  • Authorization to Release Information form

    Oct 21, 2021, 11:47 AM By MOSERS
    What is the purpose of the "Authorization to Release Form" ? 

    The Authorization to Release Information form gives us your permission to share or discuss your benefit information with someone else. You may amend or revoke it at any time. You can also set it up to automatically revoke after 90 days. You may submit it at any time by logging in to myMOSERS. During the retirement process, we encourage you to submit this form but it is optional.

    Common Reasons to Complete this Form

    • Another Person Takes Care of Your Finances - Some members prefer to have a spouse, other family member, advisor, or some other trusted person assume the responsibility for getting information from MOSERS about their benefits either because that person is well versed in such matters or because it is simply easier for that person to understand or get the information in person, over the phone, or via email.
    • Housing - If you move, your new housing provider may require proof of your income.
    • Military Leave or Other Extended Absence - If you will be away from home for an extended period of time, you may wish to authorize another trusted person to be able to get information from MOSERS on your behalf.
    • Change in Marital Status - If you previously completed an Authorization to Release Information form and later get married, divorced, remarried, or have another life event, you may want to consider completing and submitting a new form.
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  • Early vs. Normal Retirement

    Jul 9, 2021, 11:20 AM By MOSERS
    I am a member of MSEP 20011. I am currently 60 years old with 9 years of service time. If I leave state employment this year at what age would I be able to start my pension payments? 62? 65? or 67?

    If you leave state employment this year at age 60 years, 9 months, you will be required to wait and draw your benefit at age 67.  In order to be eligible for early retirement, you must reach age 62 prior to leaving state employment. Please note that taking early retirement will reduce your base benefit by ½ of 1% (.005) for each month your age is younger than normal retirement age. Your normal retirement age would be at 67. You can find more information in the MSEP 2011 Handbook.

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  • MSEP 2011 & The Rule of 90

    Feb 24, 2021, 8:50 AM By MOSERS
    I heard that all state employees under the 2011 are being moved to an 80 and out model. Is that true?

    We are unaware of any legislative proposals related to changing MSEP 2011 normal retirement eligibility from “90 and out” to “80 and out”. Members of MSEP 2011 reach normal retirement eligibility when they have at least 5 years of service and are age 67 OR under the “Rule of 90”. Under the “Rule of 90”, they must be at least age 55 and their age plus years of service must equal 90 or more at the time of termination of employment. For example, if someone leaves employment at age 60 and has 30 years of service, they would meet the Rule of 90.

    NORMAL RETIREMENT ELIGIBILITY  REQUIREMENTS:

    MSEP Members

    • Age 65 + 5 years of service or
    • Age 60 + 15 years of service or
    • “Rule of 80” – (at least age 48) when age + years of service = 80 or more

    MSEP 2000 Members

    • Age 62 + 5 years of service or
    • “Rule of 80” – (at least age 48) when age + years of service = 80 or more at time of termination. 

    MSEP 2011 Members

    • Age 67 + 5 years of service or
    • “Rule of 90” – (at least age 55) when age + years of service = 90 or more at time of termination

    Not sure if you are in MSEP, MSEP 2000, or MSEP 2011? See What’s My Plan? with information about plan membership, retirement eligibility requirements, and other plan provisions.

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  • Rule of 90

    Feb 10, 2021, 9:21 AM By MOSERS
    I have had several other state employees tell me the state did away with "90 and out" and have gone back to "80 and out". When I was hired I am under the 90 and out because of my start date. Can you confirm or deny?

    We are unaware of any legislative proposals related to changing MSEP 2011 normal retirement eligibility from “90 and out” to “80 and out”. Members of MSEP 2011 reach normal retirement eligibility when they have at least 5 years of service and are age 67 OR under the “Rule of 90”. Under the “Rule of 90”, they must be at least age 55 and their age plus years of service must equal 90 or more at the time of termination of employment. For example, if someone leaves employment at age 60 and has 30 years of service, they would meet the Rule of 90.

    RETIREMENT ELIGIBILITY  REQUIREMENTS:

    MSEP Members

    • Age 65 + 5 years of service or
    • Age 60 + 15 years of service or
    • “Rule of 80” – (at least age 48) when age + years of service = 80 or more

    MSEP 2000 Members

    • Age 62 + 5 years of service or
    • “Rule of 80” – (at least age 48) when age + years of service = 80 or more at time of termination. 

    MSEP 2011 Members

    • Age 67 + 5 years of service or
    • “Rule of 90” – (at least age 55) when age + years of service = 90 or more at time of termination

    Not sure if you are in MSEP, MSEP 2000, or MSEP 2011? See What’s My Plan? with information about plan membership, retirement eligibility requirements, and other plan provisions.

     

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  • Accessing Benefits Prior to Retirement

    Jun 25, 2020, 10:05 AM By MOSERS

    can you borrow money from your account prior to retirement and if so, how do you do this?

    Thank you for your question. You are not able to access your MOSERS defined benefit pension until retirement. However, if you no longer work in a MOSERS benefit-eligible position, and you are a member of MSEP 2011, you may be eligible to request a refund of your employee contributions. By taking a refund, you will lose all your credited service and future rights to receive pension and LTD benefits from MOSERS.

    The MO Deferred Comp 457 retirement savings plan permits in-service withdrawals from your account under the following circumstances; you experience a qualifying, unforeseeable emergency that causes extreme financial hardship, or if your account balance is $5,000 or less – you may elect a one-time, in-service distribution provided you have not made a contribution during the prior two-year period. Please visit www.modeferredcomp.org for more information or if you have any questions please call 800-392-0925. 

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  • Reduced Benefit

    Mar 17, 2020, 4:16 PM By MOSERS

    I am in MSEP11 and have vested.  I may leave service at 65, but not retire until my normal retire age of 67.  Will I still receive a reduced benefit?

    No, your benefit will not be subject to reduction if you are vested, leave service, then retire at age 67. (The reduction you are referring to is for “early retirement” and is a reduction of ½ of 1% (.005) off your base benefit for each month your age is younger than normal retirement.)

    However, if you continue working until you are 67, then your benefit would ultimately be higher because you would have more service. When you apply for retirement, your base benefit will be calculated using a formula that takes into account your final average pay and your credited service. For a more in-depth look at which option may be best for you, we encourage you to use our Comparison Calculator to compare various scenarios over time or contact one of our benefit counselors.

    Benefit counselors are available:

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Contact Us:

    (800) 827-1063 toll-free
    (573) 632-6100 in Jefferson City

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  • Increasing Contributions?

    Aug 20, 2018, 3:46 PM By MOSERS

    Is it possible to contribute more to your pension, to lower your retirement date and still receive a full pension?

    No. The only potential way to move your retirement eligibility date closer is to purchase or transfer qualifying prior public service that you may have and combine it with your MOSERS pension. See our Purchasing and Transferring Service Credit brochure (MSEP 2011) for more information or contact a MOSERS benefit counselor to see if you qualify and if it would be beneficial for you to do so.

    In order for any prior public service to qualify, it must have been full-time, nonfederal, public (government) employment that you performed in Missouri. Examples include prior employment with a public school, city, or county in Missouri, or employment covered by the MoDOT & Patrol Employees Retirement System (MPERS). This could potentially make you eligible for retirement sooner if the extra service resulted in you hitting the Rule of 90 prior to age 67. (The Rule of 90 is available only to those still actively employed by the state.)

    You may also want to keep in mind that you are not required to keep working for the state until retirement age in order to get your pension. Once you are vested with MOSERS, even if you leave state employment, you will be eligible for a lifetime monthly benefit once you also meet the age and all other legal requirements and retire under a MOSERS defined benefit pension plan. Your benefit is calculated using the formula:

    Final Average Pay x Credited Service x Multiplier = Monthly Base Benefit.

    Remember, it is this formula, NOT employee contributions (made by those first employed on or after 1/1/2011), that determines your monthly retirement benefit. The longer you work, the more your benefit will be.

    You certainly can contribute more to MO Deferred Comp to increase your supplemental savings for retirement but it won’t make you eligible for retirement any sooner.

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  • MSEP 2011 Legislative Changes from 2017

    May 31, 2018, 11:33 AM By MOSERS

    Correction Officers have been hearing that the State of Missiouri Retirement System is bringing back the "80 and out" rule or 80/80 and the Employee is vested after 5 years of service?

    For members of MSEP 2011 who are actively employed on or after 1/1/2018, yes, the vesting requirement did change to 5 years, effective 1/1/2018. This change was part of Senate Bill 62, which was passed during the 2017 legislative session. The changes were summarized on our legislative page.

    However, requirements for retirement eligibility were not changed. Members of MSEP 2011 reach normal retirement eligibility when they have at least 5 years of service and are age 67 or under the “Rule of 90”. Under the “Rule of 90”, they must be at least age 55 and their age plus years of service equal 90 or more. For example, if someone is age 60 and has 30 years of service, they would meet the Rule of 90.

    Not sure if you are in MSEP, MSEP 2000, or MSEP 2011? See What’s My Plan? with information about plan membership, retirement eligibility requirements, and other plan provisions.

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  • MSEP 2011 Retirement Eligibility

    Mar 14, 2018, 8:31 AM By MOSERS

    Vesting is changed to 5 years, so why is the monthly benefit not payable until 10 years? If I were to retire after 8 years, would I receive a lump sum payout of my contributions plus any amount vested by the plan, or would the benefit be deferred until after 10 years?

    Vesting is one part of retirement eligibility. The other part is age. Both vesting and age requirements must be met in order to retire under a MOSERS defined benefit plan. As a member of MSEP 2011, you will become eligible for normal retirement when you have at least 5 years of service and reach age 67 OR under the “Rule of 90” which is when you are at least age 55 and your age plus service equals 90 prior to you leaving state employment.

    Once you are vested with MOSERS, even if you leave state employment, you will be eligible for lifetime monthly benefit payments once you also meet the age requirement (and any other legal requirements) and retire under a MOSERS defined benefit pension plan. The 5-year vesting for MSEP 2011 members went into effect on 1/1/2018 and MSEP 2011 members must be actively employed on or after 1/1/2018 to be covered by this change.

    Your contributions go toward helping pay for your future lifetime monthly benefit payments. You will receive a lump-sum payment only if you request a refund of your employee contributions. By taking a refund, your forfeit all your credited service. If you are vested and take a refund, you give up your future lifetime monthly benefit payments.

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  • Is the MSEP 2011 Still a Contributory Plan?

    Jan 18, 2018, 10:54 AM By MOSERS

    I have an employee who was hired June 2011. He has a question about the 5 year vesting. Since 5 year vesting is back he would like to know if Moser's will start contributing to retirement or if he will still have to make those contributions through his payroll.

    MSEP 2011 members will still have to contribute 4% of pay to their future retirement benefit. Other than the vesting period changing from 10 years to 5 years for MSEP 2011 members employed on or after January 1, 2018, the provisions of SB 62 have NO impact on members of MSEP 2011 who work in a MOSERS benefit-eligible position until they reach normal retirement eligibility.

    Money to pay current and future MOSERS pension benefits comes from:

    1. Contributions from employees who are members of the MSEP 2011 or Judicial Plan 2011 (4% of pay for MOSERS members; typically 5-10% nationally*),
    2. Earnings on investments of money in the MOSERS trust fund (61% of assets in the MOSERS trust fund have come from investment earnings), and
    3. Contributions from employers (state agencies) as a percent of active employee payroll.

    Below is a simplified example of what future retirement benefit might look like over time. The benefit would be even more with compounding cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), which are included in MSEP 2011, but not shown here for simplicity. The benefit formula is:

    Final Average Pay x Credit Service x Multiplier = Monthly Base Benefit

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     *Understanding Public Pensions, April 2017, Center for State & Local Government Excellence, AARP

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