NARFE - Chapter 97
LATEST NEWS FROM THE FEDERAL SCENE

LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE LEGISLATIVE EVENTS

NARFE LEGISLATIVE REPORT May 2018

NARFE members need to be aware of the Postal Reform Act of 2018 (S. 2629) which would require current USPS retirees to enroll in Medicare Part B in order to continue receiving their current health insurance coverage through the FEHB Program, ultimately raising their overall health insurance premiums an additional $1,600 or more per year, despite the fact that they previously declined this coverage. The goal of this requirement is to decrease USPS health insurance costs by shifting primary responsibility for retiree health care costs from USPS to Medicare. This shift in responsibility would cost taxpayers $10.7 billion over 10 years.  NARFE opposes the bill because it unfairly burdens tens of thousands of postal retirees and their survivors by changing the bargain regarding their health benefits after retirement, removing choice with regard to their health care and setting a dangerous precedent for all federal employees and retirees. NARFE encourages members to act now to prevent this legislation from becoming law.

 

The Federal Retirement Fairness Act, H.R. 5389 would allow federal employees who started their careers in temporary positions before transitioning into permanent roles to retroactively contribute toward their retirement for the years they were in temporary positons. Under this legislation, affected federal employees must cover the government’s contribution to their retirement for the years spent in a temporary position in order to minimize the impact on the federal budget. Kilmer believes this aspect of the bill will make its passage more likely. If passed, this bill would allow affected employees to receive full benefits for the years they worked in service to our nation. Contact our legislators including Congressman Andy Barr with your views on this and other legislative issues at his office, 2709 Old Rosebud Road, Lexington, KY 40509, phone: 859-219-1366, hours: M-F 9-5 p.m.                  Tom Miller, Legislative Chair

 

NARFE'S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES - PROMOTING & DEFENDING FEDERAL BENEFITS:

NARFE, one of America’s oldest and largest associations, was founded in 1921 with the mission of protecting the earned rights and benefits of America’s active and retired federal workers. The largest federal employee/ retiree organization, NARFE represents the retirement interests of nearly 5 million current and future federal annuitants, spouses, and survivors. 

NARFE'S Mission Statement:
>To support legislation beneficial to current and potential federal annuitants and to oppose legislation contrary to their interests,
>To promote the general welfare of current and potential federal annuitants by advising them with respect to their rights under retirement laws and regulations,
>To cooperate with other organizations and associations in furtherance of these general objectives.