Issues

Congressman Neal Charts Path Forward on WEP Reform

September 2020: More than 3,400 reform bill H.R.4540 in retirees joined a live Tele-Town Hall event on June 24th to hear a first-hand update on activities in Washington, DC from Congressman Richard Neal (D-Springfield, MA). Of course, the main focus was news surrounding the ongoing efforts to reform the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). 

With Washington Deadlocked on Aid, States Face Dire Fiscal Crises

Local officials are slashing funding for everything from education and health care to orchestra subsidies.

Alaska chopped resources for public broadcasting. New York City gutted a nascent composting program that could have kept tons of food waste out of landfills. New Jersey postponed property-tax relief payments.

Prisoners in Florida will continue to swelter in their cells, because plans to air-condition its prisons are on hold. Many states have already cut planned raises for teachers.

And that’s just the start.

Ibis Telehealth Program Takes Off

Retiree Enrollment Underway

September 2020: In the July edition of the Voice, we announced a new initiative to bring telehealth services to Mass Retirees members. 

Known as Ibis (pronounced eye- biss), the program uses advanced computer technology and a robust service support team to help retirees to self-manage and monitor their chronic conditions at home. The pro- gram has been expanded to provide for COVID-19 monitoring. 

Active Employees: Become a Mass Retirees Subscriber

Active Employees: Become a Mass Retirees Subscriber

WHY SHOULD YOU BECOME A MASS RETIREES SUBSCRIBER?

Having worked with public retirees and their families for over five decades, Mass Retirees recognizes the growing importance that active public employees place in preparing to make a life-changing decision on your retirement. To best be prepared, it goes without question that you hope to fully informed and knowledgeable. Mass Retirees can help you better understand all aspects of public retirement - including your pension, insurance, as well as Social Security and Medicare.

Annual Meeting September 18th

Annual Meeting September 18th

Our Annual Meeting takes place a week from Friday – September 18th – at 1PM EST. This virtual event is open to all Mass Retirees members. Please look to your September newsletter or today’s email message for the details on how to participate.

Pension Fund, MIT Launch Social Investing Project

Rating Discrepancies Underscore Need for Research

Colin A. Young, State House News Service

SEPT. 9, 2020.....The Massachusetts state pension fund is teaming up with the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative to try to improve the data available to investors who want to make decisions based on things like the way a company treats its workers, its carbon emissions or its product safety record.

Back From Hiatus

Back From Hiatus

Our weekly updates are back after a short August hiatus. Remember, we include a video update from me within these emails. Click on the photo or the link below to watch/listen to the latest news and information. My goal is to keep our members well informed. 

This week the focus is the Primary Election here in Massachusetts. While Election Day is Tuesday, September 1, vote by mail and early voting have been ongoing throughout August. In a recent survey we conducted, more than 70% of Mass Retirees members indicated that they intended to vote by mail.

Tablet for Seniors Helps Identify COVID-19 Symptoms

Tablet for Seniors Helps Identify COVID-19 Symptoms

A tablet made by a Massachusetts company is using artificial intelligence to help seniors with chronic health conditions as well as to identify symptoms of the novel coronavirus. The technology is empowering seniors to have more control of their health and avoid trips to the doctor and hospital.

 

 

Alert: Our Office Phones Are Down

Alert: Our Office Phones Are Down

For Assistance, Please Call Numbers Located on Membership Card

Friday, June 26, 2020: The phone system in our Beacon Hill office is temporarily offline and will remain down through Monday. While our technicians work to restore service, Mass Retirees members can directly contact our team by calling the numbers located on the back of your membership card.

Mass Retirees Partners with Senscio Systems to Fight COVID-19

Mass Retirees Partners with Senscio Systems to Fight COVID-19

Ibis Program can help seniors to identify COVID-19 symptoms and get access to telehealth 

JUNE 23, 2020: BOSTON, MA - The Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association of Massachusetts ("Mass Retirees") and Senscio Systems, a Massachusetts-based health technology company that specializes in artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for chronic health management announced a new partnership today.