Demo
P. 1

RETIRED STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION OF MASSACHUSETTS
TM
OF THE RETIRED PUBLIC EMPLOYEE
11 BEACON STREET, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02108-3030 | (617) 723-7283 | WWW.MASSRETIREES.COM MAY 2018
GIC HOLDS FY19 COSTS STEADY
Lower Premiums For Many Retirees
In late February, the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) approved health plan premiums for FY19. For the first time in recent memory, the average increase across all six GIC health insurers is zero percent.
Beginning in June, the majority of retirees enrolled in GIC health plans will see a slight decrease in their monthly insurance premiums. For both retirees and active employees, the inflationary and premium rates vary by health plan.
Medicare Enrollees: Premium Changes
Medicare enrollees, insured under the UniCare Optional Medicare Extension (OME) plan, will see their monthly premiums drop by -0.3%. Some 65,000 retirees and their dependents are
February 22, 2018: GIC Commissioners Vote on FY’19 Premiums
enrolled in the OME plan, which provides nationwide coverage.
Meanwhile, Medicare retirees enrolled in Harvard Pilgrim’s Enhanced plan will see a reduc- tion of -9.6% reduction, with Tufts
Complement -5.4% and Health New England coming in at -2%. While Tufts Medicare Preferred registers a +10.3% increase in cost, it remains the GIC’s lowest
Please See Page 2 ☞
SOCIAL SECURITY WEP
A Slow Winding Road Toward Reform
For the tens of thousands of Mas- sachusetts public retirees vic- timized by the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) – and indeed all 1.7 million impacted retirees / employees nationwide – the lack of Congres- sional action on the issue is a source of great frustration, anger and financial hardship.
Tension among public retirees has grown over the past two years, after the 2016 announcement of a bipar- tisan breakthrough in efforts to reform the WEP has yet to be resolved and passed into law. At that time focus centered on H.R.
711, which was blocked from being released by the Ways and Means Committee that July and became log-jammed that fall due to national presidential politics.
The proposal contained within H.R. 711, which would create an annual rebate for existing retirees impacted by the WEP, while creat- ing a new Social Security formula for all future public and private sector retirees, has been carried over to the current Congressional session by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and the Committee’s ranking Democrat Richard Neal (D-MA). The concept
Support Remains Strong With Mass. Congressional Delegation
CONGRESSMAN JOSEPH KENNEDY III WITH LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR SHAWN DUHAMEL
continues to have the support of the AARP, NRTA and a wide variety of retiree organizations from across all fifty states.
Please See Page 4 ☞


































































































   1   2   3   4   5