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Mass. health care reform pioneer Dolores Mitchell retires

Mass Retirees - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:55am

With an eye on rising costs, the health care industry today is looking for new ways to contain spending while improving patient care.

It’s a monumental goal, one that insurers and care providers, prodded by landmark health care laws, are trying to tackle. Dolores L. Mitchell has been doing it for nearly three decades.

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GIC Director Retiring

Mass Retirees - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 4:21pm

Mitchell Led Agency For Nearly 29 Years

DECEMBER 21, 2015: At the close of the state Group Insurance Commission’s December meeting, Executive Director Dolores Mitchell stunned the crowded meeting by announcing her retirement. After leading the GIC for nearly 29 years, Mitchell will retire in 2016.

The fifteen-member Commission that governs the GIC will now begin the process of hiring a new executive director.

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Central Mass. Meeting Friday at Auburn Elks

Mass Retirees - Wed, 12/02/2015 - 3:22pm

Our Association will hold our Annual Central Mass. Membership Meeting on Friday, December 4th. This year the meeting will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge 2118 starting at 11AM.

All Mass Retirees’ members are welcome to attend Association meetings, as well bring a guest free of charge. Attendance at area meetings has been on the rise throughout 2015, with over 300 members attending the November 13th meeting at White’s of Westport.

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GIC OME Subscribers: Do Not Opt Out of SilverScript Plan

Mass Retirees - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 11:41pm
Only Impacts Certain Medicare Enrollees

NOVEMBER 21, 2015: Members who are insured under the state Group Insurance Commission’s (GIC) Option Medicare Extension (OME) plan will have a new prescription drug provider as of January 1, 2016.

As the GIC and our Association have been reporting for nearly a year, prescription coverage under the OME plan is being transferred SilverScript. Under federal law, retirees must be given the opportunity to “Opt Out” of the new drug plan.

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Medicare Forecast: Part B Premium Going Up For Some

Mass Retirees - Sun, 11/01/2015 - 12:00am
No Social Security COLA Projected For 2016

Editor's Note: In late November, a budget deal was struck between Congress and President Obama which contains to the Medicare law that prevent the servere increase in Medicare Part B premiums that are spoke of in the following story. Read the latest news on this issue here.

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Social Security WEP Reform Effort Continues

Mass Retirees - Sun, 11/01/2015 - 12:00am

As we continue our lobbying in Washington, D.C. to reform the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), reports indicate that the national public employee unions are now analyzing HR 711. Support of these organizations could prove essential to a bill passing during the current Congressional session.

Congressmen Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Richard Neal (D-MA) filed HR711. The bill now has 40 cosponsors – 23 Republicans and 17 Democrats, including all 9 Massachusetts Congressmen.

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Insurance Mitigation Funds Revisted

Mass Retirees - Sun, 11/01/2015 - 12:00am
A Sampling of Local Experience

November 2015 Voice: With municipal health insurance reform in 2011, there was a spike in the number of Public Employee Committees (PECs) across the Commonwealth. Currently, some 185 Association members are serving as retiree designees on PECs that negotiate with local officials over health insurance plans.

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Medicare Q & A

Mass Retirees - Sun, 11/01/2015 - 12:00am
Am I Required to Enroll in Medicare?

“By far, this is one of the more frequent questions that I’m asked,” says Association Insurance Coordninator Cheryl Stillman. “Here’s what you should know.”

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Skilled Nursing Home Care Expanded

Mass Retirees - Sun, 11/01/2015 - 12:00am
What Does Medicare Cover For Nursing and Therapy Services at Home?

“On this, I’ve heard from members complaining because Medicare refused to cover the cost of skilled nursing and therapy care that they were receiving at home,” reports Stillman. “That’s because Medicare had what they called the ‘Improvement Standard.’

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Retirees Endorse Finn for Mayor

Mass Retirees - Fri, 10/30/2015 - 1:55pm

Best Choice for West Springfield Seniors

Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day in the City of West Springfield. With an open election for mayor, this is an important time for your city.

We are proud to endorse Representative Michael Finn in his campaign for mayor. As your advocates in the State House, we have gotten to know and work closely with Mike during his tenure as your State Representative.

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Budget deal blunts, but doesn’t erase, increase in Medicare premiums

Mass Retirees - Tue, 10/27/2015 - 11:35pm

The tentative budget agreement forged by congressional leaders and the Obama administration will ward off a historic spike in Medicare premiums for the coming year, but it will nevertheless require nearly one in three older Americans to pay 17 percent more in monthly premiums for doctors’ visits and other outpatient care.

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Federal Budget Deal Contains Medicare Fix

Mass Retirees - Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:28pm
Warren, Neal, Clark and McGovern Help Protect Retirees

OCTOBER 27, 2015: The federal government is about to come to the aid of public retirees who have been bracing for a major increase in Medicare Part B premiums for 2016.

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