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2017-2018 RPEC Legislative Priorities

2017-2018 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

TOP TIER PRIORITIES

  • Restoration of the Plan 1 COLA
  • Restore PEBB Medicare benefit by increasing the state’s contribution by a minimum of $32.50 per month per member and 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 the 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 for all Washingtonians

Health Care

  • Restore PEBB Medicare benefit by increasing the state’s contribution by a minimum of $32.50 per month per member and 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 maintain and expand access to Dental 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

As adopted by the RPEC Executive Board: 9/1/16, Revised by Executive Board 9/12/17