Retiree Info & Resources

IATSE Local 695 Retirement Committee Mission Statement

The purpose of the IATSE Local 695 Retirement Committee is to Improve the quality of life for our retired members and to provide resources for retirement planning for future retirees.

We shall provide information and resources to assist in retirement planning  and to foster awareness of the process and options available to retirees.

We shall create information resources regarding retirement.

We shall encourage retirement planning  for future retirees and facilitate the availability of resources for said process.

We shall maintaIn an awareness of the changing needs and resources regarding this subject for the members of IASTE Local 695.

POLL - For All Members
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1. Do you intend to do your own financial planning, or would you rather hire a professional?

2. Have you assessed your financial resources and needs for when you do retire?

3. Are you comfortable (satisfied) with your financial status regarding your retirement?

4. Are there any issues with the pension plan that you feel need to be addressed? 

5. Are you vested with the plan? If not, do you anticipate future vesting?

6. What information do you need for your retirement planning?

POLL - For Working Members Over 50
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1. Are you aware of the retirement seminars that MPI hosts to help you make a plan for retirement?

2. Have you assessed your financial resources and needs for when you do retire?
Have you created a budget plan?

3. Do you intend to do your own financial planning, or would you rather hire a professional?

4. Are you comfortable (satisfied) with your financial status regarding your retirement? If not, have you put an additional plan into play to help you be comfortable?
5. Do you have a strategy for re-investing your IAP lump sum or will you let it stay at MPI?

6. Do you know where to research your status with MPI and SSI for your current eligibility and benefits.

7. Have you made a retirement goal? Do you think it is achievable?

8. Are you aware of the requirement scales for MPI and SSI retirement? 

9. Will you plan to take a withdrawal or a retirement status with the local? Do you know the difference?
10. In what ways would you suggest that your local help you plan for retirement?  

11. What is your secondary insurance?

12. Are you married?

POLL - For Retirees
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1.What is your secondary insurance?

2. If you have MPI as a secondary, what do you have to pay to keep MPI as your secondary insurance?

3. What do you pay for Medicare?

4. Do you know the differences between Medicare and MPI coverage?

5. Are you married?

6. Is your plan working for you?

Anthem Blue Cross changes for Retirees - effective July 1, 2018
As of July 1, 2018, MPIPHP members who have elected Anthem Blue Cross will have some changes in the procedure of how Medicare works with Anthem.

1) Members and their dependents no longer are limited to doctors who are part of the MPIPHP network. You can see any doctor who takes Medicare; this is usually a larger pool.

2) Members and their dependents no longer need referrals from MPIPHP to see those doctors. You can directly make appointments if you find a doctor you like.

3) Take notice  that  your MPIPHP member number has changed. Your new Anthem Blue Cross card should reflect that.

4) The information number is 833 794 0312.

5) If eligible for Medicare, you are covered in it. If eligible for MPIPHP, that becomes your secondary, which reduces your co-pay to $5/visit.  If you and your spouse are each eligible,  your co-pay is $0.

Assistance Programs
Some Local 695 members might not even be aware of it but this industry is very fortunate to have three great organizations standing ready to offer critical help if you find you ever need it.  Learn about the wide range of programs and services they offer.  And also, please remember that when times are good for you, you may even want to consider making a generous donation to help these organizations continue do to their great work.

The Motion Picture Television Fund
MPTF supports our entertainment community in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose, and in helping each other in times of need. From elder care to social work, community outreach, financial support, child care and beyond, MPTF plays a major role in the lives of entertainment industry members in ways that might surprise you.

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation
Provide financial assistance and supportive counseling to those who work in theatrical exhibition who are experiencing hardship due to illness, accident, underemployment or life-changing events. All assistance is intended to provide support during a recovery or adjustment period and lay the foundation for a lifetime of ongoing success.

The Actor's Fund: "Not Just for Actors"
Not just for actors.  The Actors Fund fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Special programs are designed to meet the needs of our entertainment community with a unique understanding of the challenges involved in a life in the arts. Services include emergency financial assistance, women's health, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, disability support, senior services, addiction and recovery, secondary career development and more.


Pension Benefit Estimate Request Form from MPI

Health Plan and Pension Forms

Motion Picture Industry Pension & Motion Picture Industry Individual Account

Upcoming Retirement Seminars

Information on new Medicare cards and procedures

Retirement Checklist

Retirement Process Checklist

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