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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.

Mass Retirees Endorses Theresa McGoldrick

Mass Retirees Endorses Theresa McGoldrick

For Reelection to State Retirement Board

State Retirees and active employees should be aware that an election is now underway for one of two seats on the State Board of Retirement. These elected officials are your representatives on the five-member Board.

As members know, Mass Retirees President Frank Valeri currently serves as one of the two elected members on the State Retirement Board. His term will end December 2019.

WEP Reform Remains Key Congressional Issue

WEP Reform Remains Key Congressional Issue

Optimism Follows Budget Deal

Our office has been inundated with calls from anxious members seeking information on the fate of the Mass Retirees backed federal proposal to reform the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). With a growing majority of members victimized by the WEP and losing thousands of dollars a year in Social Security benefits, it is no wonder that interest remains high.

GIC Seeks Options For RMT Enrollees

GIC Seeks Options For RMT Enrollees

Teachers’ Program Dates to 1972

Mass Retirees and teacher union officials are urging the GIC to seek ways to expand the health insurance offerings available to the 10,000 teachers participating in the Retired Municipal Teacher (RMT) program. As the only respondent to the GIC’s procurement process last fall, UniCare is set to become the sole health insurance provider for RMTs in FY19.

GIC 2018 Open Enrollment April 4 – May 2

GIC 2018 Open Enrollment April 4 – May 2

13 Health Fairs Scheduled Across Massachusetts

The state’s Group Insurance Commission has set April 4 through May 2, 2018 as the annual Open Enrollment period to enrollees to change insurance plans or enroll in the GIC’s Retiree Dental Plan. Any changes in plan selection or coverage take effect on July 1, 2018.

GIC Sets FY19 Health Benefit Design

GIC Sets FY19 Health Benefit Design

No Increases In Copays & Deductibles

FEBRUARY 8, 2018: The state’s Group Insurance Commission has unanimously approved health insurance plan design for FY19, covering all six carriers and slightly lowering costs for some enrollees. Heeding calls from Mass Retirees and all public employee/teacher unions, copayments and deductibles will not increase for the coming year.



Upending a controversial move to cut three carriers from the health insurance menu available to public employees, the Group Insurance Commission voted as forecast on Thursday to reconsider its Jan. 18 vote.

GIC To Reconsider Health Plan Consolidation

GIC To Reconsider Health Plan Consolidation

Announcement Made At Packed Public Hearing


Retirees Call On GIC to Reconsider Plan Consolidation & Cap Costs

Mass Retirees has called on the state’s Group Insurance Commission to reconsider the decision to consolidate health plans, cap copayments and deductibles, and institute a new approval process for health plan selection and plan design that invites public comment.


Outrage Builds Over GIC Plan Consolidation

Harvard Pilgrim & Fallon Dropped; Tufts Now Medicare Only


JANUARY 19, 2018: Thursday, the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) shocked enrollees by voting to drop Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Fallon as providers. The move also relegates Tufts to a Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage plans only. All changes take effect on July 1, 2018 with the start of the new fiscal year.

GIC To Select Health Plans

Vote Scheduled Thursday 1/18


Celebrating Fifty Years: 1968 - 2018

The New Year brings extra reason to celebrate for Mass Retirees members, as 2018 marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of our Association’s founding in 1968.

In addition to the restyled newsletter banner, Mass Retirees plans to make the anniversary the focal point for much of 2018. Amongst other events, a special 50th Anniversary publication is planned for later in the year. This publication will both chronical and celebrate the numerous achievements made by Mass Retirees over a half century.

GIC To Hold 9 Public Hearings Across MA

From January 19th – 29th

JANAURY 5, 2018: Responding to calls for increased transparency and openness to public input, the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) announced a series of public hearings for the month of January. A total of seven public hearings will take place across Massachusetts between Friday, January 19th and Monday, January 29th.

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.

GIC Selects CVS & Express Scripts for Pharmacy Management

Potential 3-Year Savings May Exceed $700 Million


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).


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



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.

Retiree activists voice opposition to Lyons' pension reform

By J.D. Capelouto, Lowell Sun Statehouse Correspondent 

Several employee and retiree advocates spoke out on Tuesday against an Andover representative's bill that would majorly shake up the way Massachusetts calculates pensions for its workers.