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                                                                                                             SEPTEMBER 2019
                                                                                Rising Costs & Affordability Main Concerns
Earlier this year, Mass Retirees filed six separate legislative proposals relative to health
insurance benefits for public retir- ees and surviving spouses. Known as “bills”, these proposals are now before various legislative committees where public hearings are held, followed by detailed analysis by committee staff.
A complete listing of Mass Retirees sponsored bills, along with sponsors and bill numbers, can be found in the May 2019 edition of the Voice.
Since 2010, retirees and employees have been forced to absorb a sharp rise
President Frank Valeri & Legislative Director Shawn Duhamel Testify Before Public Service Committee on Association’s Insurance Legislation.
   in out-of-pocket costs at both the state and local levels. These higher and new costs come in the form of copayments and deductibles – both serving to lower and control the growth of monthly insurance
The premium contribution split
is determined both by state law, as well as through local regula- tion and contracts. Chapter 32B,
 posal to reform the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision. The bill, which is being drafted by Congressman Richard Neal, was on track to be released in July. More time is needed to work out the fine details, in order to avoid a false start.
While details are still being
providing relief for those retirees whose Social Security benefits have already been reduced because of WEP. Second, a long-term reform is needed that will treat all public and private future retirees fairly.
It is estimated that nearly 100,000 Mass Retirees are now impacted by
resolve this issue for all members.
ork continues through ironed out, the federal legislation WEP. This number grows daily. Mass the dog days of sum- will likely focus on two changes to Retirees and Chairman Neal have a mer to craft a new pro- the WEP law. The first, is aimed at strong partnership in working to
  See Page 2 to read Chairman Neal’s statement to our members.

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