RPEA Update: Legislature Returning

LEGISLATURE RETURNING After a ten day hiatus, the Legislature returns to Albany on Monday, for the stretch drive to wrap up the 2017 session on the projected June 21 adjournment date. RPEA had victories in the budget process and we are hopeful for some movement on the bills in our Legislative Program. We remain vigilant […]

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Constitutional Convention- Spread the Word…Vote “NO”

Constitutional Convention- Spread the Word…Vote “NO”  The New York Constitution contains a provision that every twenty years the voters are asked if they want to convene a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) for the purpose of amending the constitution. That question will be on the November 2017 Ballot. In order to inform you about the issues surrounding […]

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RPEA Seeks NYSHIP Medicare Equity

RPEA Seeks NYSHIP Medicare Equity Following up on our successful inquiry last year which led to the Department of Civil Service reversing the improper practice of UnitedHealthcare by which they were denying Empire Plan benefits to Medicare eligible retirees for certain covered Durable Medical Equipment, RPEA is now seeking equity regarding three specific health benefits […]

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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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