State Budget Adopted…NYSHIP Cuts Rejected

On Sunday, the Senate re-convened in Albany to pass the final portion of the state budget, which the Assembly had passed on Saturday. We are pleased to report that the budget does NOT include the cuts in Medicare reimbursement and the elimination of IRMAA payments to NYSHIP retirees. Now that the budget has been passed, […]

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Retirees Prevail in Budget Resolutions

Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA) President Jack McPadden commended the Legislature for rejecting the Governor’s budget proposals which would have adversely impacted retirees in the New York State Health Insurance Plan (NYSHIP). The Governor had proposed to cut the Medicare reimbursement to NYSHIP enrollees and to totally eliminate the additional reimbursements for Income Related Monthly […]

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RPEA Seeks Support in Budget Resolutions

RPEA Seeks Support in Budget Resolutions With the new fiscal year approaching on April 1, each house of the Legislature is preparing its Budget Resolution which will serve as the basis for negotiating a final state budget. Accordingly, Retired Public Employees Association President Jack McPadden has contacted the legislative leaders to reinforce RPEA’s positions, which […]

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2017 Legislative Agenda Taking Shape

2017 Legislative Agenda Takes Shape Six weeks into the legislative session, nearly all of our agenda has been introduced in each house. For the three bills that show as introduced in only one house, we have sponsors to introduce them in the other house. It’s just a matter of processing the introductions. Since this is […]

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Retirees Urge Legislature to Reject Budget Proposal

Testifying before the Joint Fiscal Committees hearing on the Executive Budget, Jack McPadden, President of the Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA), called upon the Legislature to reject those portions of the budget which would impose significant premium increases upon State retirees who participate in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP). McPadden stated, “The […]

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Social Security COLA Announced-And It’s MINISCULE!

The Social Security Administration has announced that the 2017 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will be three tenths of one percent (0.3 percent). For a retiree receiving the average social security payment, the increase will be $5 a month. Because there is a linkage between the Social Security COLA and Medicare Part B premiums, it […]

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Congressman Engel Responds to RPEA Regarding Social Security COLA

In response to RPEA President Jack McPadden’s letter to the New York Congressional Delegation calling for a change in the current price index used to determine the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security, Congressman Eliot Engel, representing parts of the Bronx and Westchester County, has replied in the affirmative. Congressman Engel agrees with […]

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Tiny Minority of Retirees Get Big State Pensions

RPEA President Jack McPadden wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Albany Times Union which was published on September 18, 2016. Click below to read the letter. Tiny Minority of Retirees Get Big Pensions

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