Issues

Cancer Prevention Takes Center Stage At Retirement Conference

Firefighters Focus on Prevention

Twice a year the Mass. Association of Contributory Retirement Systems (MACRS) holds educational conferences designed to enhance the knowledge of board members and staff from the state’s 104 retirement systems. Beyond simply learning about investment practices and retirement law, attendees have the opportunity to grow their knowledge of some of the most important issues of our times.

Celebrating Fifty Years: 1968 - 2018

The New Year brings extra reason to celebrate for Mass Retirees members, as 2018 marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of our Association’s founding in 1968.

In addition to the restyled newsletter banner, Mass Retirees plans to make the anniversary the focal point for much of 2018. Amongst other events, a special 50th Anniversary publication is planned for later in the year. This publication will both chronical and celebrate the numerous achievements made by Mass Retirees over a half century.

Quincy Leaving the GIC

Enrolling in Blue Cross

After nine years, the City of Quincy has notified the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) that it will be leaving the state health insurance program in 2018. Beginning next July 1, Quincy retirees, survivors and employees will be enrolled in plans being offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

GIC To Hold 9 Public Hearings Across MA

From January 19th – 29th

JANAURY 5, 2018: Responding to calls for increased transparency and openness to public input, the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) announced a series of public hearings for the month of January. A total of seven public hearings will take place across Massachusetts between Friday, January 19th and Monday, January 29th.

Impact of Federal Tax Law on Retirees Under Review

Passage May Clear Path For WEP Reform

 

DECEMBER 21, 2017: Now that Congress has passed and President Trump has signed federal tax reform legislation into law, analysis is underway on what it means for retirees.

GIC Selects CVS & Express Scripts for Pharmacy Management

Potential 3-Year Savings May Exceed $700 Million

 

Legislative Spotlight on Healthcare

Litany of Bills Before Public Service Committee

At its first public hearing kicking off the fall legislative calendar, the Joint Committee on Public Service heard testimony on a litany of bills related to retiree and employee life and health insurance.

Health Insurance Bids Now Under Review

Retirees Caution Against Cost Shifts & Benefit Erosion

The September edition of the Voice not only captured the attention of Association members, but also that of elected officials and the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC).

 

High Deductible Plans No Longer Just An Idea

Now Being Offered Locally

For sometime, we’ve spoken about high deductible plans,” according to Association official Shawn Duhamel. “These are non-Medicare plans with a very high annual deductible, for example $2,000 for an individual and $4,000 for a family.”

 

Silver Script: Frequently Asked Questions

Beginning this past July 1, the GIC’s SilverScript prescription drug program has expanded its enrollment. In addition to OME (Optional Medicare Extension) enrollees, SilverScript now provides prescription drug coverage to those retirees enrolled in the GIC’s Harvard Medicare Enhance, Health New England MedPlus and Tufts Medicare Complement plans.