Legislation

Articles about Legislation that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.

Push to Increase State Retiree’s Life Insurance Benefit

Push to Increase State Retiree’s Life Insurance Benefit

Last Raised In 1985 – Retirees Urged to Call State Reps

April 23, 2018 – Mass Retirees has launched an all-out push to increase Basic Life Insurance benefits for state retirees and employees. The current $5,000 benefit was established 33-years ago in 1985.

House Budget Debate Begins April 23rd

House Budget Debate Begins April 23rd

Retirees Back Life & Health Insurance Amendments

April 18, 2018:  Mass Retirees backs four amendments to the FY19 budget, which is set to be debated in the House beginning April 23rd. The amendments range from increasing the basic state life insurance, protecting against increases in local health insurance contribution percentages, lifting hourly restrictions on part-time work in public service and granting Mass Retirees a seat on the state’s Group Insurance Commission. 

Retiree Legislation On The Move

Retiree Legislation On The Move

5 Key Issues Advanced By Public Service Committee

Association members received good news this month when the Joint Committee on Public Service favorably released five key bills filed by Mass Retirees. The bills apply to the veterans bonus, basic life insurance, Option C recalculation, post retirement earnings, and the right of surviving spouses to retain health insurance benefits upon remarriage.

January 2018 Legislative Update

Healthcare Reform Bill Advances

The start of a New Year, ending in an even number, sets the stage for what will be a busy seven months on Beacon Hill. Under House and Senate rules, formal business within the State House ends on July 30th during the second year of the legislative session.

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.

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.

Changes to GIC Board Pass Senate

Mass Retirees & Unions Would Gain Seats

 

Retirees & Unions Make Case on Healthcare Protections

Retirees & Unions Make Case on Healthcare Protections

Litany of Bills Before Public Service Committee

 

State Budget Deal Struck

Healthcare Issues Remain Unresolved

JULY 7, 2017: After more than a month of negotiations, House and Senate budget conferees have struck a deal on the Fiscal 2018 State Budget. Both branches of the legislature are expected to approve the Conference Report today.

Negotiations Continue Over FY18 State Budget

Negotiations Continue Over FY18 State Budget

3% State & Teacher COLA Awaits Final Approval

 JULY 6, 2017: Mass Retirees officials are closely monitoring developments on Beacon Hill, where House and Senate Conferees continue to negotiate the final details of the Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget.