RPEA 2018 Legislative Program
- Oppose any reductions in Medicare
- Oppose all proposals which would reduce health insurance currently available to retirees
- Support federal legislation which would change the measure of inflation currently used to calculate the Social Security COLA from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) to an index called the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E), which more accurately reflects costs borne by seniors, such as medical care.
- Support measures designed to ensure the long-term financial security of the Social Security program such as removal of the threshold after which Social Security taxes are no longer withheld from an individual’s earnings. Effective 1/1/2018, the earnings limitation is $128,700.
Memorandum of Support In Red
- Require 45 day notice before a locality may change provisions of retirees’ health care plan: S.4324, Tedisco – A.5210, Abinanti: RPEA’s Letter to the Governor
Status: Vetoed – Veto #194
- Assure that all NYSHIP Medicare charges (including Part D- prescription drugs) are reimbursed when Medicare is used for primary coverage: S.1612, Golden – A.2000, Abbate: Memorandum in Support
- Increase the maximum allowable public service earnings from $30,000 to $35,000 for public service retirees under 65 who return to government service: S.3576, Tedisco – A.3327, McDonald: Memorandum in Support
- Increase the maximum allowable public service earnings from $30,000 to $50,000 for public service retirees under 65 who return to government service: S.5725, Lanza – A. 5210, Titone: Memorandum in Support
- Increase the Survivor’s Benefit from $3,000 to $3,500 available through the Retirement System: S.2926, Golden – A.2979, Brindisi: Memorandum in Support
- Increase pension COLA base from $18,000 to $25,000: S.3306, Richie – A.6045, Steck: Memorandum in Support
- Guarantee NYSHIP contribution percentages for State retirees as of the date of retirement: S.1862, Golden – A.2833, Abbate: Memorandum in Support
- Guarantee public service retirees health care benefits available upon retirement unless there is an equivalent change for active employees: A.5455, Weprin: Memorandum in Support
- Permit retirees to allow voluntary dues deduction from pension for RPEA membership: S.1740, Golden: Memorandum in Support
RPEA has retained Kevin Cleary Government Relations as our lobbyist. Kevin has 36 years experience in the workings of state government.
Kevin will be collaborating with colleagues Tim Sheridan and David Langdon on our issues. Both have extensive legislative experience in the capitol. Combined, the three have over 100 years in legislative/advocacy experience.