Issues

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.

Health Insurance Bids Now Under Review

Retirees Caution Against Cost Shifts & Benefit Erosion

The September edition of the Voice not only captured the attention of Association members, but also that of elected officials and the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC).

 

High Deductible Plans No Longer Just An Idea

Now Being Offered Locally

For sometime, we’ve spoken about high deductible plans,” according to Association official Shawn Duhamel. “These are non-Medicare plans with a very high annual deductible, for example $2,000 for an individual and $4,000 for a family.”

 

Silver Script: Frequently Asked Questions

Beginning this past July 1, the GIC’s SilverScript prescription drug program has expanded its enrollment. In addition to OME (Optional Medicare Extension) enrollees, SilverScript now provides prescription drug coverage to those retirees enrolled in the GIC’s Harvard Medicare Enhance, Health New England MedPlus and Tufts Medicare Complement plans.

 

State & Teachers' 2018 Mailing Dates Announced By Treasurer Goldberg

State Treasurer Deb Goldberg has announced the Mailing dates for State and Teacher pension checks for calendar year 2018. Also included are the direct deposit dates for those members who utilize that service through the Treasurer’s office.

 

GIC Embarks on ‘Listening Tour’

Commission Seeks Retiree/Employee Input

 With decision time looming for the selection of insurance carriers, a pharmacy benefits manager and the establishment of plan design, the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) will begin a state-wide ‘Listening Tour’ on December 12th, designed to solicit input from enrollees.

Changes to GIC Board Pass Senate

Mass Retirees & Unions Would Gain Seats

 

Social Security Update: National Pressure To Reform WEP Heats Up

Impacted Retirees Urge Action

The nationwide effort to reform Social Security’s Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) has taken on a renewed sense of urgency, with impacted retirees renewing their calls for Congress to act during the current session.

 

Veterans: RMV Offers Free Duplicate License

One of the Association’s primary legislative goals is to enhance the pension benefits of our veterans in recognition of their service and sacrifice for our country.  During the current (2017-2018) legislative session, we continue to push for enactment of H1435 and S1393 that increase the veterans’ minimum pension from $300 to $1,000.  Ed Note:  While S1393 was introduced by Senator Vinny de Macedo (R-Plymouth) H1435 was introduced for us by Representative Jerald Parisella

SOCIAL SECURITY TO INCREASE BY 2%

Medicare Part B Also Expected To Rise

October 17, 2017: It’s now official. Just yesterday the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the 2018 COLA (Cost-of-Living Adjustment) for Social Security beneficiaries will be 2.0%, starting with benefits paid this coming January. This 2% COLA will produce an average increase of $27 in monthly SS benefits next year.