RPEA 2019 Legislative Program
- Oppose any reductions in Medicare and Social Security
- 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 1/1/2019, the earnings threshold is $132,900.
2019-2020 is a new legislative session. All bills from the prior session no longer exist, and new bills (with new bill numbers) have to be introduced. That process is now underway.
Listed below, are bills make up our Legislative Agenda. As the new session continues, this list will change as new bills are introduced and assigned bill numbers.
Bills Introduced for 2019 Legislative Session
- State Budget: Oppose Governor’s proposal to reduce NYSHIP Medicare reimbursement and eliminate IRMAA reimbursement: RPEA was successful in defeating the proposal.
- Provide certain employees designated managerial or confidential to receive a rebate payment for salary increases that were authorized, yet ultimately withheld by New York State: S.4079, Gounardes – A.2462, Fahy: Memorandum in Support: Passed Senate
- 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. 1866-B, Breslin – A.2858-B, McDonald: Memorandum in Support: Passed Both Houses
- Assure that all NYSHIP Medicare charges (including Part D IRMAA) are reimbursed: S.2050, Gounardes – A.3617, Abbate: Memorandum in Support
- Guarantee NYSHIP contribution percentages for State retirees as of the date of retirement (retroactive): S.2051, Gounardes – A.3634, Abbate: Memorandum in Support
- Guarantee public service retirees health care benefits available upon retirement unless there is an equivalent change for active employees: S. 3854, Lanza – A.4203, Weprin: Memorandum in Support
- Oppose bill to mandate that the State Comptroller divest fossil fuel energy company investments in the pension fund: S.2126, Krueger – A1536, Ortiz: Memorandum in Opposition
- Require 45 day notice before a locality may change provisions of retirees’ health care plan: S.5930, Breslin – A.7870, Abbate: Memorandum In Support
- Increase the Survivor’s Benefit from $3,000 to $3,500 available through the Retirement System: A.7928, Ortiz: Memorandum in Support
- Permit retirees to allow voluntary dues deduction from pension for RPEA membership: S5767-A, Gounardes – A.4730-A, DenDekker: Memorandum in Support
- Ensure that NYSHIP Medicare primary retirees do not receive a reduction of benefits: S. 5759, Breslin – A.7722, McDonald
Issues Raised at Budget Hearing
- Reject Medicare Cap and eliminating IRMAA
- No reduction in benefits for Medicare primary enrollees
- Authorize Part D IRMAA reimbursement
- Increase Survivors Benefit
- Management/Confidential reimbursement
Click to read RPEA’s Testimony at Budget Hearing
Kevin Cleary Government Relations is 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.