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WEP Reform Moves Forward on Bumpy Road

Mass Retirees - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 5:02pm
Disagreement Among Advocates Raises Concern

JULY 18, 2016: A week that began with the promise of legislation reforming the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) advancing in Congress, has instead ended with the bill suffering a setback.

Association officials spent two days last week in Washington, DC, working side-by-side with coalition partners from Texas in an effort to advance WEP reform through Congress this year.

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Making Social Security fair for all

Mass Retirees - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:00am
Let's Fix The WEP Law Now Read Full Article:  The Hill

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Governor Baker Vetoes Municipal Retiree Insurance Protection

Mass Retirees - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:00am
Legislative Override Sought

JULY 8, 2016: Despite wide bipartisan legislative support, Governor Charlie Baker vetoed the two-year extension of the Municipal Retiree Health Insurance Premium Moratorium.

Association officials are now seeking a House and Senate override of the veto, which must take place no later than July 30th.

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Legislature Extends Municipal Insurance Moratorium

Mass Retirees - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:15pm
Retiree Insurance Reform Likely Topic in 2017-18 Session

JUNE 30, 2016: On the final day of Fiscal Year 2016, the State Legislature passed a new state budget for the coming fiscal year. Contained within the budget, as Section 45, is a two-year extension of the Municipal Retiree Insurance Premium Moratorium.

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Work Continues on WEP Reform

Mass Retirees - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 10:25pm
Association Officials Visit Capitol Hill

JUNE 27, 2016: With just three weeks to go before the US Congress breaks for its summer recess prior to the national Republican and Democratic Conventions in July, work on a potential fix for Social Security’s dreaded Windfall Elimination Provision continues at a feverish pace on Capitol Hill.

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Legislature Considers Retiree Insurance Moratorium Extension

Mass Retirees - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:50pm
Protects Municipal Retirees and Teachers From Unfair Rate Increases

JUNE 21, 2016: Members are asked to contact their Massachusetts State Senator and Representative and ask that they support Section 46 of the Senate Budget – which protects municipal retirees and retired teachers from unfair increases in local health insurance premiums.

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Senate Approves Retiree Insurance Protection

Mass Retirees - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 5:17pm
Municipal Premium Moratorium Extended Two Years

MAY 24, 2016: Today, the MA State Senate unanimously passed an amendment to the FY17 budget that extends the municipal retiree insurance premium moratorium for two years - until July 1, 2018. Amendment 91, which received widespread bipartisan support, was passed on a voice vote during the first day of the Senate budget debate.

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Association Announces New Discount Program

Mass Retirees - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:45pm
Zebit is Online Resource Exclusively for Members

MAY 23, 2016: Our Association has some exciting news that I would like to be the first to share with you.

As you know, in addition to our advocacy work for public retirees, we also seek ways for members to save money through exclusive discount programs. Due to the success of these programs, retirees have asked that we offer more ways for members to save.

You asked. We listened.

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Municipal Insurance Amendment Before Senate

Mass Retirees - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 2:59pm
Extends Insurance Premium Moritorium Until July 2018

MAY 23, 2016: Members are asked for your help in protecting municipal retirees and retired teachers. Health insurance benefits for both groups are largely under the control of local governments, some of which are now threatening to increase insurance premium contribution percentages.

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Passing of Geraldine "Geri" White

Mass Retirees - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 4:23pm
Served Mass Retirees Association for Thirty Years

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Geraldine White, following a short illness. Geri, as her family and friends knew her, was married to Association founder and former President Ralph White for over 60 years. Together, Ralph and Geri had four children, seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

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GIC Health Fairs Begin Friday

Mass Retirees - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 5:16pm
Kicks Off Annual Insurance Open Enrollment

APRIL 6, 2016: Today begins the month-long open enrollment period for the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC). Retirees and employees insured by the GIC now have until May 4, 2016 to make changes to their health insurance coverage or join the retiree dental insurance plan.

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