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Resources for National Retirement Security Week

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Eric SchwartzAs we wrap up National Retirement Security week, we want to remind you that Member Benefits has many tools and resources to help you learn more about retirement saving, including:

Take advantage of these online resources and remember that you can always call us with your retirement questions at 1-800-279-4030 or email

Eric Schwartz, Financial Planning Specialist

Four financial goals for fall

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N'Kenza WhitlowHow times flies! We’re already well into the new school year. Before the holidays get too close, why not take advantage of the season by taking a peek at your finances. Here are four things you can do to get ahead.

Don’t miss the open enrollment period to participate in a 403(b). School districts have their own open enrollment times. Check with your district office to make sure you’re not missing an October deadline.

Maximize your retirement savings. Could you contribute more toward your retirement yet this year? Saving more may lower your taxable income and help you reach your retirement goals. Check on 403(b) and IRA contribution limits.

Take stock of transitions. Summer is often a time of weddings, moving, job changes, and more.

Do a budget check-up. Use our fillable budget sheet and free financial calculators to get a good picture of your spending habits and make any adjustments necessary. It can help you set priorities, keep you from spending more than you earn, and prepare you for financial emergencies.

If you’d like to learn even more money lessons, ask your district to host a Don’t Be Jack™ game from Member Benefits, a free interactive financial learning game. It’s both fun and informative! Or visit our seminars page for upcoming events and financial education on demand.

N'Kenza Whitlow, Retirement Savings Consultant

Need to take action on your insurance? We make it easy

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Mark DannehlMember Benefits makes it easy to take care of your insurance needs online. You can file a claim, update your policy, learn about your coverage, and more...whenever it's convenient to you. Here's a little summary of what you can find on our website to help you with your insurance needs. 

Take action

Learn more about insurance

View our line of insurance products by visiting our insurance landing page.

If you have questions and would like to talk to a live person during our regular business hours, we welcome your call at 1-800-279-4010.

Mark Dannehl, Personal Insurance Consultant

Our winter lay-up program for your summer toys could save you money

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Steve SchofieldDo you have a boat, motorcycle, and/or an RV insured by Progressive through WEA Member Benefits? If so you could save money on your off-season premiums by participating in the winter lay-up program. The lay-up program reduces premiums temporarily by reducing selected coveragessuch as bodily injury and collisionwhile your summer toys are stored away for the winter season.

No need to remember to reinstate coverages
Lay-up coverage reduction can begin anytime between September 1 and December 31, and your coverage will be restored to the original amount on March 1, or April 1, 2016—based on your preference. A new declarations page will be sent to you anytime coverages are changed.   

Enrolling is easy
If you have questions about insuring a boat, RV, or motorcycle, call us at 1-800-279-4010. If you have coverage for your summer toys with Progressive and would like to enroll in the winter lay-up program, call Progressive at 1-800-888-7764.