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Power disruption affected some services Monday

An interruption in electrical power Monday afternoon to the ASRS building at 3300 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix caused disruptions in some services, including the ASRS Call Center and access to the secure member website The disruption began around 3 p.m. Monday and most all systems were restored by 1 a.m. The ASRS apologizes for any inconvenience to those who may have tried to call Monday afternoon or access certain applications on the secure website.

Retiree Open Enrollment Closes Nov 30th

by Pamela Vozza, Communications Manager

Enrolling and Registering with the ASRS

by Nathaniel Brengle, Communications Specialist

Keeping Your Data & Identity Secure

By Sara Orozco, Strategic Planning & Analysis Manager

These days, it seems like every week brings a new story about a company whose systems have been breached, resulting in a loss of personal information for millions of customers. Whether you regularly conduct your business online or not, given the amount of information shared with third parties to conduct regular business in the digital age, we are all vulnerable to a loss of our personal information or financial data.

Your Defined Benefit Plan vs a Defined Contribution Plan

By David Cannella, Media Relations

This is the first in an occasional series on Defined Benefit Plans and your ASRS benefits.

ASRS Retiree Open Enrollment for 2018 Plan Year

Open Enrollment for ASRS retiree group health insurance start Wed, Nov 1st and runs through Thur, Nov 30th, with plan benefits beginning on Jan 1, 2018. This year will be a PASSIVE enrollment, meaning if you are happy with your current plans and coverages, NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. Your current selections will roll over into the 2018 benefit year.

ASRS Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

For the 28th consecutive year, the Arizona State Retirement System has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Contribution Rates For Fiscal Year 2018

New contribution rates are set to take effect July 1, 2017, the start of the new fiscal year. The contribution rate for the defined benefit pension plan paid by members and employers will remain at the current rate of 11.34 percent. The rate for the long-term disability program will increase slightly, from 0.14 percent to 0.16 percent.

Helpful Reminders for Your Ending Payroll Verification Forms

Public schools constitute a large portion of ASRS membership, which is why our busiest season for new retirements is summer – right after the school year ends.  That leads to an increase in Ending Payroll Verification (EPV) forms for employers, so we thought now might be a good time for a few helpful reminders about this online application.

The Benefits of Keeping Your Employer Account Updated

Please keep the ASRS informed about changes to your employer information.  Changes such as legal dissolutions, modifications to charter contracts, employee leasing, mergers, Joint Powers Authorities, and business name changes require documentation.  Updating your employer information on a regular basis is essential for the integrity of our data and to help us better serve our employer partners and members. 

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