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AFT members are taking Navient to court

A class-action suit filed in federal court sets out serious allegations that student loan servicer Navient has misled borrowers in public service professions from accessing a loan forgiveness program to boost its own profits. The landmark complaint, which seeks millions in damages and class-wide injunctive relief, details a spate of systematic misrepresentations, untruths and misdirection pedaled by Navient to stop borrowers from enrolling in Public Service Loan Forgiveness, a 10-year payoff plan administered by rival servicer FedLoan.

Retirees Prescription Coverage May Be Ending

ATTENTION STATE RETIREES! 
ACTION REQUIRED!
YOUR PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE MAY BE ENDING IN 2019

If you are a Medicare-eligible Maryland State Retiree, you must elect a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan for 2019. Or, if you are a State Retiree and have Medicare-Eligible dependents on your plan, they must elect a Part D plan for 2019.

The annual open enrollment period for Medicare Part D coverage for 2019 is from October 15, 2018 to December 7, 2018.

Click here to read more from MCEA's insurance administrator R.K.Tongue and for information about Part D Enrollments.

MCEA members meet over prescription drug plan changes

Members of the Maryland Classified Employees Association held a rally at their Woodlawn headquarters requesting lawmakers call a special session to [reconsider moving the retiree’s prescription drug plan to the Medicare Part D program next year.] Union leadership said the switch is going to be cost-prohibitive for many retirees living on fixed incomes.

Harford County Contract Negotiations

The Maryland Classified Employees Association is pleased to announce that contract negotiations with Harford County Government have been successfully ratified by the parties. The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) became effective on July 1, 2018 and will remain in effect until June 30, 2019.

Rally for Retirees

MCEA will hold a Rally for Retirees which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The rally will begin at 6:00 p.m. at MCEA headquarters, 7127 Rutherford Rd., Baltimore MD 21244.

MCEA Retiree Meeting on Prescription Coverage

State retirees want answers, but the details from state officials seem sparse. That’s why MCEA convened a meeting among state retirees, legislators, and AFT-Maryland. President Linda Day oversaw a meeting where retirees brought their confusions and demands for clarity to the forefront.

Chapter 152 Retirees meeting rescheduled

Chapter #152 Retirees has postponed their quarterly meeting which was scheduled for March 7, 2018. The meeting has been rescheduled for March 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. and will be held at MCEA Headquarters at 7127 Rutherford Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244.

In memoriam: Dr. Bill Anderson

It is with deep regret that we must inform you that our dear member, Dr. Bill Anderson, has passed away. Dr. Anderson was truly a remarkable man. Dr. Anderson was one of the first African Americans to attend the Peabody Conservatory in the 1950s. He was an accomplished musician who played with such renowned entertainers such as Ray Charles, James Brown, Little Richard, Fats Domino, the Temptations, Jackie Wilson, and gospel artist Jeff Majors. He is best known for his talent as a saxophone player, but played a variety of musical instruments.

Area V Meeting Dates 2018

The Area V Advisory Meeting dates for 2018 are as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Both locations are to be determined.

Thank you!