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  • State Revenues Affecting BackDROP?

    Apr 24, 2020, 4:40 PM By MOSERS
    The rumor is that MOSERS will cut my backdrop and possibly even monthly payments because the State of Missouri will go bankrupt by 1 July 2020. Therefore, I should retire before 1 July 2020 to get my full backdrop. If I wait until my planned retirement in May 2021, the backdrop will surely be gone. Is this rumor true in whole or part? Should I retire before 1 July 2020 to play it safe?

    First, thank you for your many years of service. Your MOSERS pension benefits, including both your monthly benefit and the BackDROP lump-sum option, are all based on state law. The amount of your monthly benefit is calculated using a formula based on your salary and service. It will not go up or down with the financial markets. Any changes to state employee benefits would require a legislative change by the General Assembly and would be vetted through that process. We are not aware of efforts by lawmakers to make such changes. When any changes are made to benefits, they typically affect future employees, not existing employees.

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  • Updating Your Preferences

    Apr 23, 2020, 10:52 AM By MOSERS
    I would like to receive paper versions of my Mosers materials  

    You can verify or update your mailing preferences, address, email, and phone number while logged in. Go to www.mosers.org and click on myMOSERS. Under Personal Information, click on Email Options to change your preferences.

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  • COVID-19's Effect On MOSER'S Investments

    Apr 7, 2020, 9:13 AM By MOSERS
    Will the serious losses in the stock market & all the job losses (lay-offs) due to the Coronavirus CVID – 19 pandemic cause eventual cuts in pension benefits? MOSERS is well diversified, but EVERY company’s stock has lost big money so diversification would not matter. High unemployment means the state is $millions short in tax revenue to pay their bills. If the state is forced to make a smaller annual contribution to MOSERS + MOSERS stock market losses = cuts in retiree monthly benefits? Thank U

    No, as a retiree or survivor, your MOSERS retirement benefit will not be cut due to financial market losses or decreased state revenue. Your benefit does not go up or down based on economic factors. For general state employees, it is calculated using this formula:

    Final Average Pay x Multiplier x Credited Service = Monthly Base Benefit.

    These are difficult times and we can certainly understand your concerns. Ultimately, your benefits are an obligation of the state and they are secure. We encourage you to see the question about MOSERS’ Investments on March 17 on Rumor Central for more information on MOSERS’ funding. We will also be sending out a special edition of A Moment With MOSERS with executive director Ronda Stegmann also addressing some of your questions. You can view this video update on our COVID-19 update page

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  • 2020 Annual Benefit Statements

    Apr 7, 2020, 9:03 AM By MOSERS
    Have the 2020 Annual Benefit Statements been mailed out yet?  How do I look the 2020 statement up online?  Thank you.

    It is not currently in your Document Express online mailbox because at this time we have sent Annual Benefit Statements to our college & university members and to Department of Conservation employees only. Due to the COVID-19 state office building closures, including the MOSERS building, we have postponed sending statements to employees of other state agencies. We will resume sending the remainder of Annual Benefit Statements after normal operations resume. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any other questions or concerns.

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  • Updating Personal Information

    Mar 31, 2020, 12:01 PM By MOSERS
    I am retiring effective 04-01-20.  How do I change my Mosers contact information to my home email? 

    You can change your email address by logging into myMOSERS. Select Personal Information then click Update your Personal Information. Please note that updates to email addresses become effective by the next working day. You are also able to make changes to your mailing address and phone number(s). If you wish, you may choose a future date (up to 3 months ) for other changes to become effective. If you are unable to do so online, please contact one of our benefit counselors who would be happy to assist you.

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  • Replacement 1099-R

    Mar 30, 2020, 4:10 PM By MOSERS
    I am needing a copy of form for my taxes to give to my accountant.  What do I do? It came in the mail but I can not find it at this time.  Is there a place I can get a copy?
    You can find a replacement copy of your 1099-R form by logging into myMOSERS. You will find it under Personal Information and available for you to print.
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  • Reduced Benefit

    Mar 17, 2020, 4:16 PM By MOSERS

    I am in MSEP11 and have vested.  I may leave service at 65, but not retire until my normal retire age of 67.  Will I still receive a reduced benefit?

    No, your benefit will not be subject to reduction if you are vested, leave service, then retire at age 67. (The reduction you are referring to is for “early retirement” and is a reduction of ½ of 1% (.005) off your base benefit for each month your age is younger than normal retirement.)

    However, if you continue working until you are 67, then your benefit would ultimately be higher because you would have more service. When you apply for retirement, your base benefit will be calculated using a formula that takes into account your final average pay and your credited service. For a more in-depth look at which option may be best for you, we encourage you to use our Comparison Calculator to compare various scenarios over time or contact one of our benefit counselors.

    Benefit counselors are available:

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Contact Us:

    (800) 827-1063 toll-free
    (573) 632-6100 in Jefferson City

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  • State Office Closures

    Mar 17, 2020, 4:09 PM By MOSERS
    Will appropriate staff be meeting to determine to do an all state office building close due to Corona Virus?

    MOSERS follows guidance from Governor Parson’s office regarding state office closures. We encourage you to reach out to your HR representative with any questions surrounding closures and office procedures for COVID-19 at this time. For updates on how MOSERS is responding to the current situation please follow our website

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  • MOSERS' Investments

    Mar 17, 2020, 10:06 AM By MOSERS

    Hi, In light of the of the fact that funding for our pension plan ( retired faculty 2005) is 58% tied to investments, I am confident that many of us are deeply concerned about the free-fall of the stock market. Do you folks have any action plans to address this and do you folks plan to put out any statement addressing this crisis?

    The MOSERS Board, our leaders, and our professional investments staff are committed to managing MOSERS’ assets in a prudent manner to ensure the security of your benefits and the sustainability of the system.

    MOSERS’ investments have been negatively impacted during the first quarter of CY 2020. However, unlike individual retirees, MOSERS invests over a very long-term time horizon. Our portfolio is well-diversified and designed to weather the volatility of the financial markets. Our assumed rate of return is 7.1%. Over the long term (since 1981- first available data) our return average is 9.5%, which includes other major downturns in the market such as in 1987,  2000-2002, and 2008. Each year, an independent actuary evaluates what our funding needs are and our Board certifies an employer contribution rate. The state of Missouri has consistently contributed the full amount that the actuary has determined is needed, which is key to MOSERS’ long-term sustainability.

    Ultimately, your benefits are an obligation of the state and they are secure. We encourage you to visit our Funding page to learn more.

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  • Updating your Beneficiaries

    Mar 12, 2020, 8:17 AM By MOSERS
    Is there a way to update information online for beneficiaries w/o having to go through the whole data entry process for all of them?

    To update your beneficiary designations, you must first log in to myMOSERS. Complete and submit the Designation/Change of Beneficiaries form (“Life Ins Beneficiaries” from the Forms drop-down menu) for basic and optional life insurance. If you are a member of the MSEP 2011 or the Judicial Plan 2011, you should also complete and submit the Contribution Beneficiaries form for your employee contributions.

    We are working on a new system that will allow you to make a simple update without re-entering all information for your beneficiaries, but right now, with our current system, you must start over and re-enter all information about your beneficiaries if you want to update one of them.

    Visit our Life Events page for more information.
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We strive to provide the most accurate information possible in our answers to Rumor Central questions. However, occasionally, laws, policies or provisions change and individual circumstances may vary. Please contact a MOSERS benefit counselor or see the handbooks in our website Library for more detailed information. If there is any difference between the information provided in this blog or on the MOSERS website and the law or policies that govern MOSERS, the law and policies will prevail. See our Privacy, Security & Legal Notices for more information.