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May 7, 2020, 4:46 PM By MOSERSI receive a small monthly early retirement but am still working. I may soon lose my job for a while due to covid 19. Will I be eligible for unemployment as I am receiving a small benefit. I couldn't find an answer to this question anywhere.
We are sorry, but we can’t advise you on unemployment information or eligibility. We suggest that you reach out to your current employer or HR department for information and that you contact the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations with questions and to file for unemployment.
We can provide you with benefit verification information if you need it for your unemployment claim. You can get it by contacting a MOSERS benefit counselor or by logging in to myMOSERS. Once logged in, click on Personal Information, then go to Benefit Verification. Once you indicate you want the benefit verification letter, go to Online Documents in the main menu, then click on Document Express from the drop-down menu. From there, you can print it or save it as a PDF.
May 4, 2020, 9:24 AM By MOSERSWhen will the 2020 Annual Benefit Statement be available or did I miss it?In early March, we were able to get Annual Benefit Statements sent out to our members who work for the Department of Conservation or for a state university. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we had to postpone sending them to other members. However, we plan to start producing statements again late next week. All active members should receive their 2020 Annual Benefit Statements by mid-May. Please watch for an email from us letting you know you have something in your Document Express online mailbox.
May 1, 2020, 1:07 PM By MOSERS
We have received many questions regarding this topic and have posted them below.
I am a state employee with nearly 21 years of service with approximately 7 years remaining, with this unprecedented damage to the economy and the likely subsequent budget shortfalls is there currently any consideration for incentives or might there be for current state employees to leave service early? I wasn’t sure whom to direct this question to but thought it might be within your sections purview.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, revenues have fallen and the State Legislature is looking for ways to trim the State budget. One such way is to reduce the number of State employees. Has there been suggestions to incentivize eligible state employees to retire by offering to pay health insurance at the active employee rate until they reach Medicare eligibility?
I have heard there is going to be another buyout/early retirement package offered like there was a number of years ago to help with the state's budget shortfall due to COVID-19. Any truth to that?
During the Governor's press conference he mentioned the possibility of offering an early retirement incentive as part of the effort to balance the budget. Is there any information available on this yet?
An early retirement incentive and/or another buyout would require legislative authorization. We are not aware of any legislative proposals that have been offered at this time to provide either for general state employees. You can follow any bills affecting MOSERS on our Legislation page. May 15, 2020 is the last day of the current legislative session.
Apr 24, 2020, 4:40 PM By MOSERSThe rumor is that MOSERS will cut my backdrop and possibly even monthly payments because the State of Missouri will go bankrupt by 1 July 2020. Therefore, I should retire before 1 July 2020 to get my full backdrop. If I wait until my planned retirement in May 2021, the backdrop will surely be gone. Is this rumor true in whole or part? Should I retire before 1 July 2020 to play it safe?
First, thank you for your many years of service. Your MOSERS pension benefits, including both your monthly benefit and the BackDROP lump-sum option, are all based on state law. The amount of your monthly benefit is calculated using a formula based on your salary and service. It will not go up or down with the financial markets. Any changes to state employee benefits would require a legislative change by the General Assembly and would be vetted through that process. We are not aware of efforts by lawmakers to make such changes. When any changes are made to benefits, they typically affect future employees, not existing employees.
Apr 23, 2020, 10:52 AM By MOSERSI would like to receive paper versions of my Mosers materials
You can verify or update your mailing preferences, address, email, and phone number while logged in. Go to www.mosers.org and click on myMOSERS. Under Personal Information, click on Email Options to change your preferences.
Apr 7, 2020, 9:13 AM By MOSERSWill the serious losses in the stock market & all the job losses (lay-offs) due to the Coronavirus CVID – 19 pandemic cause eventual cuts in pension benefits? MOSERS is well diversified, but EVERY company’s stock has lost big money so diversification would not matter. High unemployment means the state is $millions short in tax revenue to pay their bills. If the state is forced to make a smaller annual contribution to MOSERS + MOSERS stock market losses = cuts in retiree monthly benefits? Thank U
No, as a retiree or survivor, your MOSERS retirement benefit will not be cut due to financial market losses or decreased state revenue. Your benefit does not go up or down based on economic factors. For general state employees, it is calculated using this formula:
Final Average Pay x Multiplier x Credited Service = Monthly Base Benefit.
These are difficult times and we can certainly understand your concerns. Ultimately, your benefits are an obligation of the state and they are secure. We encourage you to see the question about MOSERS’ Investments on March 17 on Rumor Central for more information on MOSERS’ funding. We will also be sending out a special edition of A Moment With MOSERS with executive director Ronda Stegmann also addressing some of your questions. You can view this video update on our COVID-19 update page
Apr 7, 2020, 9:03 AM By MOSERSHave the 2020 Annual Benefit Statements been mailed out yet? How do I look the 2020 statement up online? Thank you.
It is not currently in your Document Express online mailbox because at this time we have sent Annual Benefit Statements to our college & university members and to Department of Conservation employees only. Due to the COVID-19 state office building closures, including the MOSERS building, we have postponed sending statements to employees of other state agencies. We will resume sending the remainder of Annual Benefit Statements after normal operations resume. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any other questions or concerns.
Mar 31, 2020, 12:01 PM By MOSERSI am retiring effective 04-01-20. How do I change my Mosers contact information to my home email?
You can change your email address by logging into myMOSERS. Select Personal Information then click Update your Personal Information. Please note that updates to email addresses become effective by the next working day. You are also able to make changes to your mailing address and phone number(s). 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 one of our benefit counselors who would be happy to assist you.
Mar 30, 2020, 4:10 PM By MOSERSI am needing a copy of form for my taxes to give to my accountant. What do I do? It came in the mail but I can not find it at this time. Is there a place I can get a copy?You can find a replacement copy of your 1099-R form by logging into myMOSERS. You will find it under Personal Information and available for you to print.
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.
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