Good News Regarding Social Security and Medicare

Yesterday, the trustees who oversee the Social Security program released projections that call for an increase in the cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 2.2 percent, which equates to about $30 a month for the average recipient. This would be the largest COLA in six years. The trustees also project that Medicare Part B premiums […]

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RPEA at the State Fair

At the suggestion of the Central New York Chapter Chair Dawn Bennett, RPEA will have a booth at the New York State Fair, which runs August 23rd-September 4th, in Syracuse. Our booth will be located in the Center of Progress Building, first building on the left, just inside the main gate. The Board authorized RPEA’s […]

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2017 Legislative Session Wrap Up

RPEA Successful on Several Fronts The 2017 Legislative session produced some victories for RPEA. In April, we were successful I defeating two of Governor Cuomo’s proposals which would have hurt retirees who participate in the New York State Health Insurance Plans (NYSHIP). The first proposal would have cut the Medicare reimbursement amount, and the second […]

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Constitutional Convention Discussion Heating Up

During recent weeks, discussions about whether or not to convene a Constitutional Convention (ConCon) are increasing, and will certainly hit full stride after Labor Day, when traditional politicking kicks in. Last week, Governor Cuomo made clear that he opposes having a ConCon. For additional reading click on the Constitutional Convention link. Here are a few […]

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RPEA Update: Legislature Adjourns

Legislature Adjourns: No further action on RPEA bills Late Wednesday night, the Legislature adjourned its 2017 session. There was no further action on our three bills that were in play at the end. The one bill on our agenda that passed both houses would require local governments to provide 90 days notice prior to changing a […]

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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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