ORS 3% Healthcare Contribution Refund Information

ORS 3% Healthcare Contribution Refund


Former Employees
 

If you are a former employee – click here


January 12, 2018 update
 

As updated yesterday, ORS will email the amount of your refund to you.  If you need to update your email address in MiAccount, you will need to do this by this Monday, January 15.

This update is intended for those who do not have a current email address on file with ORS and need to update it in miAccount.

If you have forgotten your MiAccount log in information, but know your member ID#, you can click “tell me my user name and reset my password” on the MiAccount login page.  If you do not know your member ID, you will need to click “mail my member ID” and ORS will then mail your member ID to you via USPS.  Clearly, there is not enough time for the letter to come in the mail for Monday’s deadline.

We have learned that you can call ORS at 1- 800-381-5111 and request your member number over the phone and for your log in information to be re-set.  Wait times are long, but you can request them to call you back.  ORS is, in fact, calling members back, and members are getting their member numbers and email addresses updated.  They are open until 5:00pm today.

ORS offices are closed for the holiday on Monday.  If for some reason you are unable to get through by phone today or they don’t call you back, please continue with the process of requesting your member number by mail.  ORS stated they anticipate updating MiAccounts with the refund amounts (in addition to the emails) so even if you don’t get the email, you can check your MiAccount for your refund amount.

 

January 11, 2018 update
 

ORS made extensive updates to their FAQ overnight (click here to go to the ORS 3% Refund FAQ).

The most significant change is the announcement that ORS will be notifying members of their refund amounts via email; here is an excerpt:

“How much money will be refunded to me?
ORS will notify members of their refund amount by email on or before January 22, 2018. If you need to update your email address with us or are not sure if the one we have is current, please log in to miAccount by January 15th to review and update your profile with a current email address.”

Please be sure your miAccount profile is up-to-date by January 15 in order to receive your notification.

To log in to your MiAccount, please visit: 

https://ssprd.state.mi.us/wss/security/login.do?method=showLogin&retirementSystemId=1030

For additional MiAccount assistance, please call ORS at 1-800-381-5111.

We will continually update the NCSD ORS 3% Refund webpage as we receive more information.

 

January 10, 2018 update

 

ORS previously announced they would send to school districts a data file with employees’ names and corresponding refund amounts today, January 10.  As stated in their Refund FAQs, ORS also announced they would be notifying each member of their refund amounts via member miAccounts

We understand everyone is eager to find out their refund amounts.  If ORS is unable to load this information into the miAccounts within the next week, we will explore alternate means of disseminating this sensitive information to employees.

Please be patient with ORS as they attempt to provide this information to you. The business office is working expediently to process W2s and ORS refunds and will not be providing individual refund amounts unless it is apparent ORS is unable to do so by the end of next week.

To log in to your MiAccount, please visit: 

https://ssprd.state.mi.us/wss/security/login.do?method=showLogin&retirementSystemId=1030

For additional MiAccount assistance, please call ORS at 1-800-381-5111.

We will continually update this NCSD ORS 3% Refund webpage as we receive more information.

 

January 8, 2018 update (clarification)


One more important clarification:

Novi Community School District will be issuing the refunds for anyone employed with Novi between 7/1/10 and 1/31/13, including retirees and terminated employees. 

At the bottom of this webpage there is a link for former employees to submit to us their current contact information, including address, phone, former name if applicable, etc.  If you know someone who worked for Novi during that timeframe, please forward this information to them.

Current Novi employees employed by a different district at any time between 7/1/10 and 1/31/13 will receive their refund from that district, and should provide their current contact information to their former district's payroll department.

 

January 8, 2018 update


The Michigan Supreme Court recently upheld a state Court of Appeals ruling that PA 75 of 2010, which mandated members to contribute 3% of their compensation to the Retiree Healthcare Fund between 2010 and 2013, is unconstitutional and that member contributions, currently held in escrow, shall be refunded to members.

The Office of Retirement Systems is working to notify members of the amount of their refunds.  School districts will also receive this information on January 10, 2018, and a lump sum refund on January 22, 2018; Novi Community School District will then in turn redistribute the refunds to current and former employees.  Because the contributions were withheld on a pre-tax basis, we are seeking guidance on whether the refunds are subject to taxation.  Once we have all of the information, we will communicate a specific payment date for the refund, but we anticipate it will be in February.

Although more details will be forthcoming, ORS has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to help answer questions you may have at this time.  Please check the ORS FAQ document frequently for the latest information on this topic.

The Novi Community School District is committed to processing the refunds as quickly as we are able, in accordance with forthcoming guidance, and will update this webpage with the latest information as we receive it.