Retired Indiana Public Employees Association - Working for your retirement

Why You Should Re-evaluate Your Insurance Options

It’s easy to assume that because you have certain types of insurance you, your family, and items you hold dear are protected.

Yes, that’s true according to the policies you and your insurance agent(s) drafted and agreed upon. But, when was the last time you revisited those policies? 

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Legislative Proposals for 2017

Based on input from RIPEA members, the RIPEA lobbyist and the members of the RIPEA Legislative Committee, the Board is considering the following legislative proposals for 2017:

  • Increase the 13th check from prior years. Increase under consideration is to add $50 to current figures if retiree is receiving less than $500 per month and $25 if retiree is receiving more than $500.
  • Exempt part or all of PERF retirement income from Indiana state income tax.
  • Make the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) available to employees working in a PERF-covered position. DROP allows employees to select a retirement date (normally not more than 3 years out) and continue to work, while their eligible retirement bene t at enrollment accrues and is paid in a lump sum when they retire. DROP is currently only available to participants in the 1977 Police and Fire Pension Plan.

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Important Information About Taxes from INPRS

It's almost the end of the year again. That means you'll be receiving your Form 1099-R in the mail within the next few months. This form shows how much was paid to you in 2016 by INPRS and from what source. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines require INPRS to mail this form by Jan. 31, 2017. Your 1099-R will be mailed to the address INPRS has on file for you.

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Are You Ready for Medicare Open Enrollment?

Are You Ready for Medicare Open Enrollment?
Fall open enrollment for Medicare is right around the corner (October 15 - December 7). Changes are made yearly, so it’s a good idea to re-evaluate your current Medicare plan to make sure it still meets your needs. Below are resources to help you prepare for open enrollment.

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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: What You Need to Know

Untreated hearing loss can have far-reaching consequences.

In fact, some effects of untreated hearing loss may even surprise you.

Researchers have devoted enormous time and resources to the problem of noise inducing hearing loss (NIHL), how to prevent it and how to treat it. While damage that has already occurred is irreversible, there are ways to prevent NIHL.

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4 Signs You Need A Vacation Sooner Rather than Later

Ask a handful of random people walking down the street if they could use a vacation. Their answers would most likely be a big fat “YES”. And, we have a hunch you’re nodding “yes” right along with them.

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Mostly Valuable Car Tips for Seniors

Proactive car care keeps you and your vehicle safe on the road. Proper maintenance can also save you a chunk of change in the long run. This is especially true if you rely on one vehicle to get you around, or if want to avoid purchasing a new (or new to you) car during your retirement years. These 5 Car Maintenance Tips for Seniors will keep you honest and your vehicle in good shape.

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It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask: “Do you offer a senior discount?”

Not only are retirement age individuals older and wiser, they also have considerable buying power and disposable income compared to younger generations. Savvy retailers realize this, and generally nurture this valuable relationship with this age group by offering senior discounts and programs.  

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Together, We Are Stronger

All eligible PERF members who haven’t already received their 13th check will do so by October 1, 2016. With help from an experienced lobbyist, paid by RIPEA, the involvement and representation in the Indiana Legislature to protect your future pension benefits is just one of the many advantages of your RIPEA membership.

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Perks Just For You

Your RIPEA membership benefits were designed just for you, and we want to make sure you’re taking full advantage of them! So, we put together a brief overview of your member benefits to hopefully remind and encourage you to put them to good use.

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