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                                                                                                             MARCH 2019
                                                                            DRIVE CONTINUES TO REFORM
SOCIAL SECURITY WEP
Finding Solution Priority of Key Leaders
 Mass Retirees officials continue to work with key Congressional
leaders to pass a reform of the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). Reform of the 1983 federal law is a top priority of Congressman Richie Neal (D-MA), who now serves as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
With Ways and Means having purview over Social Security, Neal is well positioned to shape and drive the debate.
“Over the past 20 years, Richie Neal has been among the staunch- est advocates in Congress for WEP reform. Now that he chairs the Committee, he’s made it clear that he wants to craft a bill and
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 KEY TO WEP REFORM: HOUSE WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY CONGRESSMAN RICHIE NEAL OF SPRINGFIELD.
GIC
 NO MEDICARE BENEFIT CHANGES FOR FY20
Cost Savings Sought For Non-Medicare Plans
  Coming as a relief to many retirees, the
state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) has announced that there will be no benefit changes for Medicare supplement plans in FY20.
Impacting all 420,000 GIC enrollees is the news that the current six health insurance companies now
offered by the state will be offeredagaininthecom- ing fiscal year starting July 1. The carriers are Fallon, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health New England, Always Health Partners, Tufts, and UniCare (Fallon does not offer GIC Medicare coverage).
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JANUARY 17: GIC COMMISSIONERS MEET TO DISCUSS PROPOSED INSURANCE PLAN DESIGN CHANGES.
 















































































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