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2018-2020 RPEC Legislative Priorities

2018-2020 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

TOP TIER PRIORITIES

  • Restoration of a permanent Plan 1 COLA
  • Ensure affordable PEBB Medicare benefit by increasing the state’s contribution to 50% of premium, push PEBB to contain cost increases to participants, and retain federal matching funds
  • Full funding of employer contribution rates to the pension plans
  • Support legislation to create an automatic default into PERS Plan 2 for new employees
  • Oppose effort to create a new state retirement plan
  • Protect and Expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

STATE PRIORITIES

Retirement

  • Restoration of a permanent Plan 1 COLA
  • Continue to support full funding of employer contribution rates as recommended by the State Actuary
    Oppose creation of any new retirement plans for public employees that diminish benefit levels and/or compromises retirement security
  • Support legislation to create an automatic default into PERS Plan 2 for new employees
    Continue efforts to strengthen the role of active and retired PERS members in PERS governance
    Advocate for retirement security, particularly defined benefit-style pensions for all Washingtonians
    Health Care
  • Ensure affordable PEBB Medicare benefit by increasing the state’s contribution to 50% of premium, push PEBB to contain cost increases to participants, and retain federal matching funds
    Maintain retiree health insurance options through PEBB at affordable costs and adequate level of benefit for those who have access
  • Support the creation of a public option on the state health insurance exchange to create competitive and affordable rates
  • Access to affordable health care for all retired public employees
  • Support and monitor the Office of the Insurance Commissioner in their regulation of Medicare supplement policies and rates to ensure quality plans are as affordable as possible
  • Work to improve benefits and maintain and expand access to Dental and Hearing coverage
  • Contracting Out/Privatization
  • Oppose efforts to privatize or contract out public services

FEDERAL PRIORITIES

Social Security and Medicare

  • Continue fight to protect Social Security from privatization
  • Protect and Expand Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
  • Pass legislation that eliminates the contribution cap to Social Security ($127,200 in 2017) and adopts the CPI-E to calculate the cost-of-living adjustments
  • Support the full implementation of the Older Americans Act
  • Pursue affordable long-term care options for retirees
  • Fight for the elimination of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) which unfairly diminishes the Social Security benefit of some public employees

RPEC ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION

  • Continue to encourage RPEC member-volunteers to advance RPEC’s legislative agenda and support lobbying activities year around

Approved by the Executive Board: 5/22/18