RPEA Challenge to NYSHIP Regulation Advances

RPEA Challenge to NYSHIP Regulation Advances RPEA has been informed that our challenge to the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) regulation regarding access to Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) services is now being reviewed by the Department of Financial Services. RPEA is challenging the lower level of access to SNF services when Medicare coverage […]

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New Shingles Vaccine (Shingrix) Is Now Available

New Shingles Vaccine (Shingrix) is now available Shingles vaccination protects against shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the most common complication from shingles. CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine called Shingrix®, separated by 2 to 6 months, to prevent shingles and the complications from the disease. Shingrix […]

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Pension Fund Investments

Following up on our prior statements regarding the recommendation by Governor Cuomo that the Pension Fund divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies, President Jack McPadden had an op-ed piece published in the Albany Times Union. He reiterated that the main focus of investments is to provide safe and secure pension benefits for current and […]

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RPEA Plays Important Role for Local Retirees

RPEA has recently been involved in health insurance issues for retirees of both Rockland and Schenectady Counties. The Rockland County Executive planned to pull its retirees out of the New York State Health Insurance Plan (NYSHIP) and move them to an Aetna Medicare Advantage plan. RPEA President Jack McPadden contacted the Chairman of the County […]

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RPEA Statement Regarding Health Insurance for Rockland County Retirees

RPEA President Jack McPadden has written to Toney Earl, Chairman of the Rockland County Legislature, raising questions regarding the proposed change in provider for retiree health insurance – from the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) to Aetna Medicare Advantage. McPadden stated, “Rockland County retirees are very fortunate that the County Code contains explicit […]

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Statement by Retired Public Employees Association on the Executive Budget…And Full Testimony

Jack McPadden, President of the Retired Public Employees Association, denounced proposals in the Executive Budget, which would reduce benefits for state retirees who participate in the New York State Health Insurance Plan (NYSHIP). McPadden noted, “The state realizes significant savings by having retirees enroll in Medicare as their primary health insurance provider. Imposing a cap […]

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Statement From Retired Public Employees Association in Response to Governor Cuomo Veto of S.4324

Statement From Retired Public Employees Association in Response to Governor Cuomo Veto of S.4324 Bill would provide notification to retirees notice before changes to healthcare Albany NY – New York’s 200,000 local public retirees are stunned and disappointed by Governor Cuomo’s veto of legislation that is designed to protect retirees from surprise changes to health […]

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RPEA Participates in Constitutional Convention Roundtable

On October 3rd, RPEA was in attendance at the Constitutional Convention Roundtable sponsored by the Albany Times Union. We used this opportunity to once again, voice our opposition to the November 7 ballot question regarding the convening of a Constitutional Convention. Executive Director Ed Farrell spoke personally with the panelists, including: Arthur “Jerry” Kremer (right), […]

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