Social Security

Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

No Deal On WEP

No Deal On WEP

Congressional Budget Agreement Does Not Include Social Security Fix

December 20, 2022: Christmas did not come early for public retirees. Late last night, Mass Retirees and TRTA officials received word from Congressional leaders that they were not able to achieve a bipartisan deal to reform the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). The $1.7 trillion federal omnibus bill will move forward without tackling WEP or GPO.

Big news on GIC & Social Security

Do you remember when I said that December would be a busy month? It turns out that things have been even busier than I anticipated – which is saying something.

I have three things to report to you this week:

  1. Our Central Mass. area meeting takes place today (Friday) at 11AM

  2. Breaking news from the GIC on the selection of CVSHealth as the pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) for both Medicare and non-Medicare plans

    Urgent Call to Action on WEP Reform

    Urgent Call to Action on WEP Reform

    Time to Act is Now!

    December 1, 2022: Let me get right to the point. If you are subjected to the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), now is the time for you to join me in demanding Congress pass a reform law in 2022 that will bring needed relief from the WEP.

    New developments with Social Security

    New developments with Social Security

    September 23, 2022: This week brought major developments in the nationwide fight to repeal or reform the Social Security WEP and GPO laws. One of these developments was history making.

    Likelihood of WEP & GPO Full Repeal: A Dead End!

    Association Will Not Engage in Political Gamesmanship

    September 1, 2022: Editorial By Frank Valeri and Shawn Duhamel

    Since our founding in 1968, our Association has built a strong reputation for our honest advocacy and straightforward approach. We do not grandstand nor partake in political gamesmanship. The news we report and positions we take are based on our experience and expert analysis of the facts.

    The truth about the WEP & GPO

    The truth about the WEP & GPO

    8/5/2022 Weekly Update: While the bulk of today’s (long and detailed) email is on the status of the Social Security WEP & GPO legislation, allow me to remind you of today’s (Friday) Tele-Town Hall Meeting as well as provide a quick update on developments with the local option for the 5% COLA.

    Striking a deal on WEP reform

    Striking a deal on WEP reform

    Weekly Update 3/18/2022: Well over half of our membership are impacted by the Social Security WEP law. This means that they have had their personal Social Security benefit unfairly reduced.

    New WEP/GPO Proposals

    New WEP/GPO Proposals

    Four Bills Now Pending Before the House

    Janaury 2022 Voice: Over the course of a week, spanning late October into early November, the number of bills pending before the US House of Representatives to either repeal or reform the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) doubled. 

    The introduction of two new bills to reform the WEP or fully repeal both the WEP and GPO are proof that our national efforts to draw attention to these issues are working – albeit slower than anyone would prefer! 

    What’s happing in 2022