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STRS Ohio June Board News

Retirement Board Approves Health Care Premiums For 2018; Approximately 80% of Enrollees Will See No Premium Increase

At the June meeting of the State Teachers Retirement Board, the board approved 2018 premiums for all plans offered through the STRS Ohio Health Care Program. A complete list of these premiums is posted on the system’s website, or can be obtained by calling STRS Ohio’s Member Services Center toll-free at 888‑227‑7877. Additional information about the 2018 Health Care Program will be provided in upcoming newsletters and on the STRS Ohio website. In late October, all plan enrollees will receive personalized health care plan information in preparation for the fall open-enrollment period that extends from Nov. 1‑21, 2017.

When determining premiums, the Retirement Board and STRS Ohio staff consider the claims experience of plan enrollees, annual health care cost trend rates and administrative expenses for the program. Factors that proved favorable for 2018 rate setting includ…
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STRS Ohio May Board News

Correthers Wins Contributing Member Board Seat; Stein, Walters Unopposed for Retired Member Seats

Contributing teacher member Carol Correthers was reelected to the State Teachers Retirement Board in the 2017 election that concluded on May 1. Retired teacher member and current board chair Robert Stein, as well as retired teacher Rita J. Walters, were unopposed for the two retired teacher seats on the board. Walters will be serving her first term on the board. The terms for these three seats begin Sept. 1, 2017, and end on Aug. 31, 2021. Board members receive no compensation for service on the board other than reimbursement for actual, necessary expenses.

Board Reviews Preliminary 2018 Health Care Premiums; Will Continue to Explore Options to Improve Solvency of the Health Care Fund

During the May meeting of the State Teachers Retirement Board, STRS Ohio staff presented a preliminary look at health care program premiums for 2018. Staff works with health care consultants and actuaries to de…

STRS Ohio April Board News

Board Votes to Reduce Future Cost-of-Living Increases to 0% to Preserve Fiscal Integrity of the System; Will Revisit Within Five Years At the April meeting of the State Teachers Retirement Board, the board made the difficult but necessary decision to reduce cost-of-living increases granted on or after July 1, 2017, to 0% to preserve the fiscal integrity of the retirement system. Current benefit recipients’ base benefit and past cost-of-living increases will not be affected by this change. The board also agreed to evaluate — not later than the next five-year actuarial experience review — whether an upward adjustment of the cost-of-living increase is payable without materially impairing the fiscal integrity of the retirement system. The cost-of-living adjustment has a large financial impact on the pension fund because it affects both active and retired members of the system. The vote follows last month’s action to approve changes to the actuarial assumptions that are used to calculate p…

STRS Ohio March Board News

Solvency Period for Health Care Fund Drops to 15 Years; Board Exploring Options to Preserve Plan

At the March meeting of the State Teachers Retirement Board, Paul Snyder, deputy executive director — Finance and chief financial officer, presented results of Segal Consulting’s annual actuarial valuation of the Health Care Fund. The report shows the funded ratio for the Health Care Fund dropped to 63% from 74% last year. This means STRS Ohio has 63 cents on hand for every dollar needed to continue the current plan indefinitely. The valuation projects the Health Care Fund to remain solvent until 2031, a decrease of four years from last year’s valuation — and a decrease of 33 years from the 2014 valuation. The projected 15-year solvency period is an estimate ­— in actuarial terms, there is a 50% confidence level that the Health Care Fund has at least 15 years of solvency. Depending on the strength of financial markets, the amount of health care claims and whether additional funding is avai…

STRS Ohio February Board News

Board Reviews Recommendations From Experience Study, Weighs Impact on Financial Condition At the February meeting of the State Teachers Retirement Board, staff summarized the results of the experience study recently completed by the board’s actuarial consultant, Segal Consulting. An experience study is completed every five years to help the system make accurate economic and demographic assumptions used to measure the financial condition of the pension fund. The economic assumptions include the rates of inflation, salary increases, overall payroll growth and the investment return on assets. Demographic assumptions include the number of retirements, disability inceptions, withdrawals from the system and deaths among active members and benefit recipients.

The results of the study showed that STRS Ohio should consider adjustments in several key areas that will have an overall negative impact on the system’s funding status. Segal’s recommendations included: lowering STRS Ohio’s investment …

STRS Ohio January Board News

Study Indicates Need for Benefit Plan Design Changes to Meet State Funding Requirements During its 2017 education and planning meeting, the State Teachers Retirement Board received the results of actuarial consultant Segal Consulting’s five-year experience study. The study compares the system’s economic and demographic assumptions to STRS Ohio’s actual experience from the past five years. The study results led Segal to recommend several changes to STRS Ohio’s assumptions. These changes are projected to significantly increase STRS Ohio’s total accrued liabilities and extend STRS Ohio’s funding period well beyond the state of Ohio’s 30-year funding requirement. The pension fund would then be required to present a plan to reduce its funding period to 30 years or less. The experience review measures economic assumptions (inflation, salary increases, overall payroll growth and investment return on assets) and demographic assumptions (retirements, disability inceptions, withdrawals and the …

December Board News

(The text below is reprinted from the news release by STRS on December 16, 2016)
Preliminary Results of Five-Year Experience Review Indicate Possible Need for Benefit Plan Design Changes

At the December meeting of the State Teachers Retirement Board, actuarial consultant Segal Consulting presented the preliminary results of the experience study it is conducting for STRS Ohio. An experience study is typically completed every five years to compare the system’s economic and demographic assumptions to the actual experience. The economic assumptions include the rate of inflation, salary increases, overall payroll growth and the investment return on assets. Demographic measures include retirements, disability inceptions, withdrawals and the number of deaths among active members and benefit recipients. Segal reviews past experience and tries to determine trends to help set long-term assumptions for the future. Segal’s role is to make appropriate “best estimate” recommendations to the board f…