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Retirees - Form 1095-C New for 2015!

Full-time State of Georgia employees, as well as retirees and beneficiaries under age 65 who were participating in the State Health Benefit Plan, were issued a 1095-C tax form this year.  This is a legitimate tax form and is a new requirement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide health care information for SHBP enrollees.  The State of Georgia contracted with Ernst and Young to create and distribute the forms.

The forms require a valid employer identification number (EIN).  Because retirees no longer have an employer contributing to SHBP on their behalf, the vendor defaulted completion of this field to the largest state employer (“Department of Corrections”).  Though this has created some confusion, the form you received can be used to complete your tax filing.

If you are a retiree who received a 1095-C for your 2015 SHBP coverage, you will be receiving a letter with further explanation shortly. 

If you have any other questions about the information on your 1095-C, please call 1-855-314-4222 to speak with a representative.

For more information about the Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions from the IRS website, please visit:  https://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act

Instructions page for the 1095-C form:  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i109495c.pdf 

Please do not call ERSGA with questions about Form 1095-C.  We do not have any information other than what we have provided above.


1099 Forms for 2015

ERSGA will mail all 2015 Form 1099s by Friday, January 29th.

If you have questions about your Form 1099, please read our 1099 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

If you are receiving a monthly pension, your 1099 will be available on our secure website on Monday, January 25th. Click account access to view your 1099R.

If you received a refund during 2015, you may be able to view your 1099 online on Monday, January 25th. Click account access. If available, you will see View 1099R on your Self-Service Desktop.

If you have not received your Form 1099 in the mail by Wednesday, February 10th, please contact a Customer Care Representative at (404) 350-6300 or (800) 805-4609. Our offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time. Please note, if the address we have for you is not current, the US Postal Service will NOT forward your 1099. It will be returned to our office. Contact us to update your address and request that we resend your 2015 Form 1099.  


Retirees - 2016 Health and Dental Premiums

2016 Health and Dental Insurance rates go into effect December 31, 2015 for your January 2016 coverage. The new health and dental deductions will affect your December 2015 pension payment. Payment advices can be viewed from your Retiree Account Access on this site.  For questions concerning healthcare premiums and coverage, contact the SHBP Call Center at 1-800-610-1863.  For questions concerning your dental premiums and coverage, contact the GA Breeze Benefits Center at 1-877-342-7339.


2016 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Information

During the annual board meetings held on April 16 2015, all boards voted against granting a COLA for Fiscal Year 2016 to retirees of ERS, PSERS, and LRS. The Board made the decision after reviewing the current and future financial status of the plans. The JRS Board will consider a COLA at an upcoming meeting.

The Committee charged with developing guidelines and procedures to assist the Board in future decisions regarding COLAs for ERS reported their findings to the Board. Please click here to read the Committee’s recommendations.


Members - Learn more about your Retirement Plan

We have added a member education link to the left-hand navigation of our website to provide you with the ability to quickly find information about your retirement plan. This section includes quick links to all available presentations, ERSGA event and seminar calendars, as well as all of our forms and publications. Please be sure to check out this valuable resource.


Account Access - Your Retirement Plan Information Online!



 

The mission of ERSGA is to be the guardian of the retirement systems it administers for the ultimate benefit of the members, retirees and beneficiaries of those systems. This mission is accomplished through ERS’s core responsibilities which include pension administration; the collection, reconciliation and disbursement of contributions for the welfare of the members, retirees and beneficiaries of the plans; and the sound and secure investment of the retirement funds. For more information on ERS’ mission statement, click here.

If you are a member of the Teachers Retirement System, click here. For links to other useful sites, click here.

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