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  • Do I have to pick my plan a year before I retire?

    Oct 20, 2022, 10:51 AM By MOSERS
    I am eligible for retirement 2/1/2024, I have heard that if I don't pick my retirement plan by this February (2/1/2023) a plan will be picked for me? The seminars and webinars are full, from now to end of December. I am worried I may not get the retirement option I want now!

    All eligible state employees are members of a retirement plan based on when they are first employed in a MOSERS benefit-eligible position and their vested status.

     Our records indicate that you are a member of MSEP. State law allows members of MSEP to choose either MSEP or MSEP 2000 at the time of retirement. A plan will not be picked for you. Your plan is not dependent upon if you attend a Ready to Retire seminar or not. Additionally, you are not required to make that decision a year in advance.

     It is important for you to learn about the retirement process and your choices at retirement. Below are options:

    • We have a Ready to Retire webinar on December 1, 2022, which we have opened up to additional attendees. You may register via myMOSERS or contact us at MOSERSEducation@mosers.org.
    • At any time of year, you may call or make an in-person appointment to meet individually with a MOSERS benefit counselor to discuss your options.
    • In mid-December, we will post the education schedule for next year to our website. We encourage you to watch for that and, as soon as possible, register to attend an in-person seminar or webinar.
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  • Benefit Formula Breakdown

    Dec 16, 2021, 10:16 AM By MOSERS
    I have a new supervisor and she is curious on how to give staff the correct information about how Moser's comes up with retirement amounts to be paid. Could you send me the information on how this is figured out like a step-by-step so she will be able to answer some of the questions she will be getting? Also, would you send me an e-mail of what & when I need to do as far as my retirement? I believe I can retire Nov. 1, 2023.

    This is a great question. Below is a breakdown of the benefit formula.

    If you are a general state employee (including college and university employees), when you apply for retirement, your monthly base benefit* is calculated using a formula, as defined by law, that takes into account the following factors:

    • Final Average Pay (FAP) – The average of your highest 36 consecutive months of compensation
    • Multiplier – The multiplier established by the legislature (1.6% or 0.016 for MSEP; 1.7% or 0.017 for MSEP 2000 and MSEP 2011)
    • Credited Service – Your years and months of credited service earned, purchased, or transferred, and unused sick leave (if applicable)

    * Base benefit is the amount before any reductions, taxes, or other deductions.

    Examples - Using the multiplier for MSEP 2000 or MSEP 2011 retirees:

    $3,000 (FAP)   x   0.017 (Multiplier) 15 years (Credited Service)   =   $765 monthly base benefit

    $3,500 (FAP)   x   0.017 (Multiplier) 17.5 years (Credited Service)   =   $1,041.25 monthly base benefit

    $4,000 (FAP)   x   0.017 (Multiplier) 30 years (Credited Service)   =   $2,040 monthly base benefit

    $_____ (FAP)   x   ____ (Multiplier) x ____ years (Credited Service) = $_______ monthly base benefit

    There is also the Temporary Benefit, which is available if you retire under the "Rule of 80" (MSEP 2000) or the "Rule of 90" (MSEP 2011), and it provides you with an additional benefit until age 62 along with your base benefit. The formula for the Temporary Benefit is: Final Average Pay (FAP) x .008 (Multiplier) x Credited Service. At age 62, it ends but your base benefit continues.

    You can log in to myMOSERS to generate a benefit estimate or contact a MOSERS benefit counselor. 

    Since you are only two years from retirement, we encourage you to attend a Ready to Retire session to learn about the process. Registration is now open for 2022 sessions. Log in to myMOSERS to sign up. You can also contact a MOSERS benefit counselor to make a 1-on-1 appointment. Check out our Ready to Retire page and the Retirement Guide for more information.  

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  • Monthly Pension Benefit Formula

    Nov 2, 2021, 3:06 PM By MOSERS

    I would like to ask a question about how re-employment with the State of MO would effect my current retirement plan/pension. I have been away from employment since 2008. If I would be able to attain employment within the next 3-6 months, or so, basically, how does it effect my retirement if I would be employed again with the State of MO, and any other pertinent information for "re-hire" after 13 years?

    Retirement benefits for general state employees (including university employees) are calculated using a three-part formula: FAP x Multiplier x Credited Service = Monthly pension benefit payment

    Learn more about your benefits in the Summary of Pension Benefit Provisions (All Plans) and by plan on our website: MSEP, MSEP 2000, and MSEP 2011.

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  • Updates to your mailing address

    Nov 1, 2021, 11:52 AM By MOSERS
    My personal information is up to date, but when I pull up a report of my pay, it has my old address on it.

    You can change your mailing address by logging in to myMOSERS. Select Personal Information then click Update Personal Information. You can also make changes to your email address and phone number(s). Updates to email addresses become effective by the next working day. If you wish, you may choose a future date (up to 3 months ) for other changes to become effective. If you are unable to do so online, please contact a MOSERS benefit counselor, who would be happy to assist you.

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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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  • Normal Retirement Eligibility Requirements

    Oct 20, 2021, 2:17 PM By MOSERS
    An employee where I work is 61 and has worked for the state for 12 years.  For whatever reason, they decided to take early retirement November 1.  They are telling everyone they are eligible to retire November 1 with their "80 and out."  How is this possible if their age and years of service only add up to 73?  Wouldn't they be taking a big cut in their retirement benefits by retiring now?

    It is possible this employee may have prior state service or may have purchased or transferred service in order to meet the requirements for “80 and Out” or they may be misstating or misunderstanding the terminology. Also, it is important to remember that, in order to retire, members are not required to have age and service equal 80 (or 90 for MSEP 2011) if they meet another set of age and service requirements first. If you or your co-workers have any additional questions about retirement eligibility, see the requirements and click on the plan information below or contact a MOSERS benefit counselor.  

    NORMAL (UNREDUCED) 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

     

    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

     

    EARLY (REDUCED) RETIREMENT ELIGIBILITY  REQUIREMENTS:

    If you elect early retirement, your base benefit will be reduced by one-half of one percent (0.005) for each month your age at early retirement is younger than your normal retirement age.

    MSEP: Age 55 with 10 years of service

    MSEP 2000: Age 57 with 5 years of service

    MSEP 2011: Age 62 with 5 years of service

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  • Changing Your Name After Retirement

    Oct 19, 2021, 1:27 PM By MOSERS
    I got married and need to change my name. How do I go about doing that?

    Any member who is currently receiving a pension benefit of any kind or who is an inactive-vested member must submit proof to change their name or marital status.

    Proof of name change is required:

    • For any member when applying for retirement or after retirement if the name or information provided on the retirement application or other form differs from our records.
    • For any member when applying for a refund of employee contributions.
    • For any beneficiary applying for survivor or remaining guaranteed payments.

    For proof of name change and marital status, we can accept a divorce decree or a marriage certificate.

    We accept documents of proof in the format of photo or electronic copy. You can mail, e-mail, upload through myMOSERS account, or fax them to us.

    If you have additional questions, please contact a MOSERS benefit counselor at (800) 827-1063 or (573) 632-6100.

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  • Changing Your Name

    Oct 18, 2021, 9:41 AM By MOSERS
    I need to change my name - I got married. How do I do so? Thanks!!

    If you are currently an active state employee, you do not have to provide any documentation for these changes. Just contact a MOSERS benefit counselor at (800) 827-1063 or (573) 632-6100 so that they can verify your identity and update your name in our system.

    However, any member who is currently receiving a pension benefit of any kind or who is an inactive-vested member must submit proof to change their name or marital status.

    Proof of name change is also required:

    • For any member when applying for retirement or after retirement if the name or information provided on the retirement application or other form differs from our records.
    • For any member when applying for a refund of employee contributions.
    • For any beneficiary applying for survivor or remaining guaranteed payments.

    We accept documents of proof in the format of photo or electronic copy. You can mail, e-mail, upload through myMOSERS account, or fax them to us.

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  • View Your Beneficiaries

    Aug 9, 2021, 8:48 AM By MOSERS
    I attempted to locate who my contingent beneficiaries are on my life insurance and could not figure out how to do this. Please tell me what steps I need to take. Thank you.

    To view your beneficiary designations, log in to myMOSERS. Click on Personal Information then Life Insurance. To update beneficiaries, complete and submit the  Designation of Life Insurance Beneficiaries form (“Life Ins Beneficiaries” from the Forms drop-down menu).

    If you are an active member of MSEP 2011 or the Judicial Plan 2011, you should also complete and submit the Contribution Beneficiaries form for your employee contributions.

    If you cannot log in to submit the forms online, contact a MOSERS benefit counselor to request paper forms, which we will mail to your home address.

    If you participate in the state’s deferred compensation program, you may want to update your beneficiaries with MO Deferred Comp, as well. 

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  • Updating Your Mailing Address

    Aug 6, 2021, 2:05 PM By MOSERS
    I HAVE JUST MOVED, WHERE ON WEBSITE TO I CHANGE MY ADDRESS THANK YOU

    You can change your mailing address by logging in to myMOSERS. Select Personal Information then click Update Personal Information. You can also make changes to your email address and phone number(s). Updates to email addresses become effective by the next working day. If you wish, you may choose a future date (up to 3 months ) for other changes to become effective. If you are unable to do so online, please contact a MOSERS benefit counselor, who would be happy to assist you.

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