Half Hollow Hills Active Retired Teachers
State Legislature primaries are coming right up, Sept. 13. Here's the complete list of endorsements with primaries indicated where applicable.
The presidential election Nov. 8 promises to be one of the most important decisions in decades, and voter turnout will be crucial in the battle for New York.
The State Education Department's TEACH system is open for educators to register, as required by a new law effective July 1. Educators must register by the end of their birth month, so if you were born in July, you're up first. The new state law requires that permanent and professional classroom teachers, educational leaders and Level III Teaching Assistant certificate holders register every five years. There is no fee for registration. Retirees do not have to register unless they plan to work in public schools or BOCES in the future.
For more information, or to ask questions, go to NYSUT's certification page.
Malinda Dobrins, HHHART secretary, asked for volunteers to help with the dues collection. She explained the need for a person who would like to take over the email correspondence. The Board is actively seeking help in this area.
Next on the agenda was Dick Lee,our Welfare Trust Administrator. He stressed that we should be vigilant in keeping our union dues paid as we risk not being able to be involved in any NYSUT benefits and the HHH Excess Medical (if you are enrolled).
Ending our program was Mel Stern, our political action expert, who shared what was going on in the State.
Good News - IRMAA was not touched!- May 2016
The 2016-17 executive budget proposal freezes the reimbursement of Medicare Part B to $104.90 for those enrolled in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP). It also eliminates the reimbursement of the Medicare Part B Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), which is paid by high-income retirees. This change would affect state retirees for whom Medicare is their primary insurance as well as retirees with Medicare from school districts and municipalities who are enrolled in the NYSHIP Empire Plan for health insurance. Retirees who are not enrolled in NYSHIP are not affected.
The executive budget proposal, if enacted, would no longer require employers whose retirees are enrolled in NYSHIP plans to reimburse more than $104.90 for the cost of Part B for those with Medicare as their primary insurance coverage. NYSUT believes this will result in additional out-of-pocket costs for retirees and a diminishment of their established health care benefits.
Send your legislators a fax using the MAC. Use the toll free phone number for the New York State AFL-CIO Capitol Switchboard Hotline, 877-255-9417, to speak with your state senator or Assembly representative to urge them to reject this proposal and request they vote to maintain the current Medicare reimbursement language.
NYSUT continues to work closely with local unions to educate members about what the Friedrichs case could mean for unions. See the extensive coverage in the February NYSUT United, coming next week. Meanwhile, watch and share this creative video effort from Smithtown TA.
NYSUT Regional Conference - October 6th, at the Woodbury Country Club. Cost $37/person(includes breakfast and lunch). Mail check payable to NYSUT to Joan Perrini, RSC c/o NYSUT, 150 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Suite 306, Hauppauge, NY 11788. Please indicate your name, address, district from which you retired. Chose one luncheon chose - chicken Champagne, Crusted Salmon, or Pasta Primavera.
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