All members of the federal community should be concerned with provisions of the Postal Service Reform Act, H.R. 756. As currently written, this bill sets a dangerous precedent of changing retiree health care benefits in retirement. Under the legislation, current postal retirees would be forced to enroll in Medicare Part B in order to continue receiving their health coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), even though they previously declined this coverage. While most retirees opt to enroll in Part B, it remains their choice whether to pay an additional $134 per month, or more, in premiums for the additional coverage.
This bill is now pending before the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means. Use NARFEís Legislative Action Center to urge your representative to change the provision requiring postal retirees to pay additional premiums in order to keep their earned health benefits in retirement.
If the bill moves forward without objection, it sends a message to Congress that itís okay to change someoneís benefits after they have already retired. Your voice could make the difference in this critical fight.
Please take action today to let your legislator know that improving the finances of the Postal Service on the backs of postal retirees is unacceptable. Itís time to take a stand for the federal community now!
FAA Regional Administrator Kerry B. Long