Oversight Committee Integrates NARFE’s Proposals Into Draft Postal Bill

By Evan Dean – March 2, 2021 Last week, House Oversight and Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, presented draft postal reform legislation incorporating provisions NARFE has long advocated, including Medicare integration that preserves current postal retirees’ choice regarding whether to enroll in Medicare Part B. In advance of a hearing reviewing the legislation and other…

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Postal Reform Legislation Must Uphold Promises To Retirees

John Hatton – May 13, 2019 At last month’s postal hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Postmaster General Megan Brennan reiterated support for so-called “full Medicare integration” as a major component of a solution to the Postal Service’s financial woes. This innocuous-sounding proposal has been included in every leading postal reform…

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NARFE Warns of Perils to Mandatory Medicare Measures as Part of Postal Reform

Alexandria, Va. (April 30, 2019) – As the debate on reforms to the United States Postal Service (USPS) continues, NARFE shared concerns over past and current proposals targeting the health benefits of postal service retirees. In a letter to the leadership and members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform regarding today’s hearing on…

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Support Postal reform? Not so fast…

As a lifelong Postal employee (42 Years), I feel compelled to express my concerns relative to H.R. 756 & S 2629, otherwise referred to as “Postal Service Reform,” I am a Postal Service retiree, member of the National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS), and National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). Though I support legislative…

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NALC lauds bipartisan effort to advance postal reform legislation

March 22, 2018 Today, Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced S. 2629, “The Postal Service Reform Act of 2018,” a bill that incorporates elements of both the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) and Sen. Carper’s “Improving Postal…

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2018 SS COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums

The Social Security Administration announced Friday that next year’s Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be 2.0%. That means an increase of $25 per month for the average beneficiary. According to the nonpartisan Kaiser Foundation, however, this will not be enough to offset the rise in Medicare Part B premium costs for 2018….

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Medicare cannot afford a reckless USPS bailout

By Ross Marchand – August 8, 2017 Medicare’s breaking point is nigh, with the program’s trustees projecting that solvency will only last until 2029. For American adults that will be dependent on the program in twelve short years, the trustee’s grave prognosis is a cause for alarm. But, at a time when program expenses need…

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