Important information is constantly coming in and this page will be your single “Look Here First” location for the latest updates. Click “Read More” to see these individual articles and updates. Currently you will find information regarding a NJEA Dues Refund, as well as information regarding Retiree Health Benefit updates.
NJEA Dues Refund Information March 8, 2021
Due to a calculation error, the dues amount charged for NJEA active membership this year was higher than it should have been. Based on each person’s membership category, the overcharged amount ranged from $0.60 to $12 per member. NJEA will be sending refund checks to all members in the coming week, with an explanatory letter.
Also in the next few days, members will receive an email from NJEA alerting them to this issue and asking them to update their membership profile to ensure that their check is sent to the correct address.
The request will look like this:
Please take a few moments right now to confirm your mailing address and other contact information in your NJEA Membership Profile. You will need to log into the NJEA website using your PIN or email and password. Your PIN is printed on the front of your NJEA membership card. Your password, unless you have previously changed it, is the last four digits of your Social Security number.
Please feel free to alert your members that this email is coming from NJEA and that it is legitimate, and please let them know the same if they reach out to you upon receiving it.
NJEA Manager of Membership
Important update on retiree health benefits.
February 5, 2021
Insurance Cards–All insurance cards for the new NJSHB Plan have been mailed. You can print out a card at NJEA website if needed.
Overcharge for non-Medicare retirees–The issue regarding this overcharge in January paychecks has been resolved by the state. You will receive your refund check by February 10, 2021.
Optum RX letters error regarding covered prescriptions–This error has been rectified. Those impacted by the change were eligible for a 30 day supply as the letters were sent out late in January with formulary coverage. Formulary changes occur every year. This is done by Medicare–not the state or Optum Rx. You can first appeal any prescription changes through Optum Rx.
January 7, 2021
Please see the below message from Judy Perkins regarding the Medicare reimbursement per Kevin Kelleher, NJEA Assistant Executive Director.
I received an update from Kevin Kelleher, who was in touch with the Division of Pension about our continued struggle to get our members reimbursed for any amount they paid over the standard Medicare premium (Remember that the standard amount is already reimbursed in our pension checks). The state has sent out about 70% of the overage payments. They plan to have the final 30% completed by mid-February. While the percentage completed continues to go up, the date to finalize all reimbursements continues to be pushed back. Certainly not what we wanted to hear, but we have been reassured that all members entitled to a overage reimbursement will receive one.