RPEC Weekly ACTION Newsletter – 3-8-2019
In This Edition
- ACTION Alert – Contact Your Legislators
- WA State Legislative Bill Summary
- 2019 WA Legislative Town Halls
ACTION Alert – Contact Your Legislators
Please contact your legislators and ask them to include the COLA and PEBB Medicare Benefit at $200 or more per month in the House or Senate Budget proposals. Be sure to include your personal story about how a lack of a COLA or increases in premiums have impacted you.
Due to your advocacy, HB 1220 (adding a nonvoting representative from the office of the insurance commissioner to the public employees’ benefits board) passed the House earlier this week and has now been referred to the Senate.
HB 1065 (surprise billing – Protecting consumers from charges for out-of-network health care services) also passed the House and has now been referred to the Senate.
You may reach your legislators by calling: 1-800-562-6000
WA State Legislative Bill Summary
Below are the bills we are tracking as they move through the legislative process. Full Text and updates on these bills can be found by searching for the bill number at: https://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/
Here is a link to the list of bills currently of focus to RPEC: http://www.rpecwa.org/bill-summary-3-8-2019/
2019 WA Legislative Town Halls
Many state legislators will return home over the next few weeks and host local town halls. This is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with your legislator and discuss the issues that are important to you and your retirement security!
Not all legislators are listed as of today’s report and many still have their meetings listed as “To Be Determined.” If your legislator is one of these, please reach out to their offices and inquire as to when they might be holding a town hall in your area.
The list of current scheduled meetings is available on our website: http://www.rpecwa.org/2019-legislative-town-halls/
Here is a link to the list if you wish to download it: http://rpecwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019_WA_Legislative_Town_Halls.pdf