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RPEA Rallies to Protect Health Insurance Benefits for Retirees

Retired Public Employees Association Executive Director Ed Farrell joined the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees at the State Capitol on Monday, April 15 with more than 200 retirees, including RPEA Long Island Chapter Chair JoAnn Kullack. RPEA rallied to advocate for Senator Pete Harckham and Assemblyman Kenneth P. Zebrowski‘s bill that would protect health insurance benefits for retirees and their beneficiaries.

Public employees work their entire careers with the promise and expectation that when they retire, their existing benefits will be preserved. Several localities including New York City, Nassau County CSEA, Cortland County, Rockland County, and the Town of Massena, in addition to the New York Power Authority and Westchester Medical Center have proposed health plan changes, some of which are still ongoing, that would transfer retirees out of traditional Medicare and into a Medicare Advantage Plan.

This cannot continue. Budget cuts cannot be borne on the backs of public service retirees living on fixed incomes. These are our neighbors, family members, and friends who earned their benefits by dedicating their lives to serving our communities. RPEA stands with public service retirees across New York State and will continue to fight for fairness. We thank the bill sponsors for their efforts in advancing this important legislation.

RPEA Executive Director Ed Farrell speaking during the rally.
RPEA Chapter Chair JoAnn Kullock, Executive Director Ed Farrell, and NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees President Marianne Pizzitola at the rally on April 15.
RPEA Long Island Chapter Chair JoAnn Kullock with Executive Director Ed Farrell in the Capitol following the rally on April 15.
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