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HealtHCare
well as grandfathers all existing active employees under the current health insurance law.
retiree health insurance, we have put a heavy focus on passing retiree healthcare reform this year.”
Other Priority bills
Beyond H2567, the following bills are key amongst the Mass Retirees’ legislative agenda for 2018, all of which have received a public hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Service and now await further action by the Committee:
S1430 / H2564:
Basic Life Insurance Increase
H1435 / S1393:
Veterans Bonus Increase
H1354:
Option B & C Recalculation
S1478:
Post Retirement Earnings
“These five areas, with health care being at the top, are the ones we’re most focused on going into 2018. That is not meant to overlook the other proposals we have pending, which are all important issues for which our work will continue,” comments Duhamel.
reFOrM bill T aDVanCes
The bill also aims to address the critical and ongoing issue of cities and towns increasing insurance premium contribution percentages on existing retirees. It would mimic the state policy for its retirees by applying any increase prospectively and not retroactively.
In late October, H2576 was favor- ably released by the Joint Commit- tee on Public Service and is now before the Joint Committee on Healthcare Finance for further review.
“We believe that every bill we file is a legitimate issue that should be addressed by the legislature. The difficulty in passing many of these proposals is that they cost a lot of money. In some cases, such as increasing the COLA base, we’re talking about hundreds of millions a year,” explains Legislative Direc- tor Shawn Duhamel.
“That said, we need to focus on a handful of proposals in any given year that are given a higher priority and stand a greater likelihood of passage. Given the importance of maintaining affordable high quality
he start of a New Year, ending
in an even number, sets the stage for what will be a busy seven months on Beacon Hill. Under House and Senate rules, formal business within the State House ends on July 30th during the second year of the legislative session.
While informal sessions continue until the first week of January, leg- islation requiring a formal recorded vote cannot be taken-up after July 30th. For this very reason, the Asso- ciation’s legislative team will be working hard to advocate for the passage of the Mass Retirees’ leg- islative proposals.
A top priority for Mass Retirees is H2567, An Act relative to future public retiree healthcare benefits. The proposal, sponsored by House Majority Leader Ron Mariano (D- Quincy), offers a comprehensive reform of future retiree health insur- ance benefits at the state and local level. In doing so, the proposal also locks in certain benefit levels for existing retirees and survivors, as
Middlesex County –
Only one candidate, incumbent John brown,
Retired Fire Lieutenant
from Wilmington filed nomination papers for the
fourth member of the Middlesex County retirement system and
was declared the winner by the Board Advisory Council. John who is also the elected Secretary to the Mass. association of Contribu- tory retirement systems
(MACRS) begins his third term on the Board. Other members on the Middlesex County Board include thomas gibson*, esq. Burlington Town Treas- urer, brian Curtin, Fire Lieutenant Joe Kearns, and robert Healy. lisa
and declared re-elected by the natick retirement board. The other members on the Board declar- ing the election included Virginia Cahill, David given, retired Police Lieutenant robert Drew* and Michael reardon. The Board Director is Kathleen bacon.
taunton – Incumbent Dennis smith was re-elected by the members of the taunton retire- ment system. Dennis defeated Firefighter thomas bernier by a
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JOHN BROWN Middlesex County
Maloney is director of member operations.
natick – Retired Building Com- missioner Michael Melchiorri was elected to his sixth term, unopposed
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