Public Employees Retirement System - Benefits - Release of names, addresses and individual case information and maintenance of records.

Published: 2013-09-16

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(A) The name, account number, address, including electronic mail address, or other individual case information of a member or benefit recipient shall not be released to anyone other than the member or benefit recipient except as provided in this rule.

(B) Except as otherwise provided in section 145.27 of the Revised Code, the following individual case information may be released to a third party only upon the written authorization of the member or benefit recipient.

(1) Any part of an individual's personal history record, including but not limited to, any record identifying beneficiary information or an account balance, benefit or allowance paid or payable to that member or benefit recipient or any record identifying the service history or service credit of that member or benefit recipient.

(2) Medical reports and recommendations shall not be released, except that such reports and recommendations shall be made available to a member or benefit recipient's physician, attorney or authorized agent upon the member or benefit recipient's written authorization, and further, may be released to a physician assigned by the public employees retirement system when necessary for the proper administration of the retirement system.

(C) Except as otherwise provided by law, all other individual case information not described in paragraph (B) of this rule shall be made available for inspection by the public as follows:

(1) Requests to inspect or receive copies of information contained in records kept by the retirement system shall be made in writing on forms provided by the retirement system.

(2) For all services required in preparing, copying and mailing retirement system records available to the public, a reasonable cost shall be assessed for materials, copying and electronic processing, to be paid before release of the requested information.

(D) Except as otherwise provided by law, all other retirement system information shall be made available to the public after a request for inspection and for copies provided the requesting person pays any applicable costs for copying and mailing such information.

(E) The executive director may designate any staff member to authenticate retirement system records to be sent to a court or officer of this state.