Chairman Neal: Open Letter to Mass Retirees

Chairman Neal: Open Letter to Mass Retirees
House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal

New WEP Relief Bill Coming This Summer

JUNE 20, 2019: Mass Retirees is working closely with Mass. Congressman Richard Neal, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, to create a workable proposal to provide relief from the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). The aim of this proposal will be to reform the WEP law to provide relief for current retirees, as well as treat future public retirees fairly.

Our efforts to reform the Government Pension Offset (GPO) law continue and are the focus of separate legislation. The GPO applies to spousal Social Security benefits, while the WEP reduces a retiree’s own personal Social Security benefit.

As we get close to a new bill being filed in Congress, Chairman Neal has sent an open letter to our Association, which we have received permission to share with all public retirees and employees harmed by WEP. Once a proposal has been filed, we will immediately share the details with Mass Retirees members.

Meanwhile, we thank Chairman Neal for his continued efforts on behalf of public retirees. We remain absolutely committed to passing a WEP reform law that provides relief for our members.