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RETIRED STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION OF MASSACHUSETTS
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OF THE RETIRED PUBLIC EMPLOYEE
11 BEACON STREET, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02108-3030 | (617) 723-7283 | WWW.MASSRETIREES.COM NOVEMBER 2017
LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT
At its first public hearing kicking off the fall legislative calendar, the Joint Com- mittee on Public Service heard testimony on a litany of bills related to retiree and employee life and health insurance.
The Committee is chaired by Representative Jerald Parisella (D-Beverly) and Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington). This hearing marked Fried- man’s first as Senate Chair, having been elected in this summer’s special election following the death of
ON HEALTHCARE
Litany of Bills Before Public Service Committee
Mass Retirees President Frank Valeri & Legislative Director Shawn Duhamel Testify Before Public Service Committee
On Association Insurance Bills.
Senator Ken Donnelly. Friedman, who our Associ- ation endorsed, served for nearly a decade as Don- nelly’s chief of staff.
Testifying on behalf of Mass Retirees was Asso- ciation President Frank Valeri and Legislative Direc-
tor Shawn Duhamel. Valeri focused his testi- mony on legislation to increase the basic state life insurance benefit to $10,000. The bills, S1430 and H2564, propose increasing the benefit for the first time since 1985 when the current benefit was set at $5,000.
Joining Valeri to testify on behalf of increasing the benefit was State Senator Tom McGee (D- Lynn) – the lead sponsor of S1430. McGee out- lined a compelling case to
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HEALTH INSURANCE BIDS NOW UNDER REVIEW
The September
edition of the
Voice not only cap-
tured the attention of
Association members,
but also that of elected
officials and the state’s Group Insur- ance Commission (GIC).
Leading off our September newslet- ter was a story titled “GIC EYES MASSIVE HEALTH PLAN OVER- HAUL”, where we described the ongoing process by which all GIC health, pharmacy and mental health
plans are up for renewal in 2018. This process may result in changes coming to plan offerings, benefits and costs.
Following the newsletter’s distribu- tion in August, the Association has received inquiries from nervous members, concerned state and local officials, as well as feedback from GIC officials.
“This past January we were caught
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Retirees Caution Against Cost Shifts & Benefit Erosion
MASS RETIREES
ENDORSES MAYOR MARTY WALSH
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2017 ANNUAL MEETING
SEE PAGES 9,10 &11
HURRICANE IRMA
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