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Special Health Care Funds For Detroit First Responders Covered Reimbursements To Expire March 31

Posted on: Tuesday, February 02, 2016

DETROIT – First responders and their families may have unused funds in a health services reimbursement account that must be used by March 31, 2016 before it expires.

The Health Care Reimbursements (HRA) for 2016 is being switched to a new third party administrator, Automated Benefit Services, of Sterling Heights, Michigan from Navia Benefit Solutions.

Detroit Police and Fire retirees seeking health care reimbursements for calendar 2016 doctor visit co-pays, prescription drugs or other covered health care benefits should call Automated Benefit Services at 800-645-9978. The Police and Fire Retirement System does not administer health care benefits. The health care program is administered by the City of Detroit.

“A retired police officer or fire fighter may have some unused funds available in their health care reimbursement account that they may not be aware of,” said Greg Trozak, Chair of the Police and Fire VEBA Board. The funds set aside for co-pays and reimbursements will roll over on March 31, and revert back to the VEBA.”

“We strongly encourage retirees who have incurred health care expenses to make the call to determine if there is money left over in their accounts which will expire in just 60 days,” Trozak said.

Trozak said a Retiree Healthcare Trust was established after the City of Detroit bankruptcy in accordance with the Plan of Adjustment. The plan was rolled out to cover retiree health care after changes were made to reduce City of Detroit health care costs.

The total amount available for reimbursement for each retiree is on average $120 per month for pre-medicare eligible persons.

Retirees seeking more information on the Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association or VEBA may visit the health care web site at

Health Care Reimbursements (HRA) for 2015 should be submitted to Navia Benefit Solutions at 800-669-3539.


The RHC Trust was established under the Plan for the Adjustment of Debts of the City of Detroit to provide health benefits to certain eligible former City of Detroit employees.The RHC Trust is established as a tax-exempt voluntary employees beneficiary association (VEBA) under Section 501(c)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended. Pursuant to Section 501(c)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 2.1 of the RHC Trust Agreement, the RHC Trust is limited to providing health and welfare type benefits to eligible retirees and their beneficiaries.

Media Contact: Police and Fire Retirement System, Bruce A. Babiarz 248s-890-5030 or



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