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Bernice Brown is MCEA’s new Retirees President for Chapter 152.  She replaced Clyde Springer in October 2010.  The newly elected officers for Chapter 152 are First Vice President Phyllis Lickliter, Second Vice President Rebecca Barbee, Secretary Anne Merchant, and Treasurer Joseph Noll, Sr.

Bernice is very excited to assist in the welfare of state retirees and is proactive about maintaining good health benefits and making sure the MCEA retirees are satisfied.  Her primary objectives are as follows:

  1. The continuation of the Retirees Health Benefits Program, including prescription coverage, at reasonable costs.
  2. The continuation of Retirees earned Retirement Benefits.

The 2012 Retirees Chapter #152 quarterly meetings are as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2013
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2013
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2013
  • Please mark your calendars! For reservations, mail payment to:

Elizabeth Shultz, 7 South Monastery Avenue, Baltimore, or call Elizabeth Shultzat 410-362--2017

Also, remember to recruit and fill out new membership applications and turn them into Headquarters.

Directions: Beltway 695 to 795 to Route 140 to Westminster. Travel 10-12 miles to Westminster. Turn left at Sullivan Road. Go one block to church driveway on the left.
 
Health Benefits Update
The General Assembly established a Blue Ribbon Commission which is reviewing the assumptions and qualifications for assessing OPEB liability and is studying funding options.  The Commission is continuing to explore options for redesigning retiree health benefits and/or the way the State pays for them to arrive at a solution that is both fiscally sound and fair to current and retired State employees.

The Commission is also required to:

  • Review the State’s legal obligation to provide retiree health benefits
  • Study the factors contributing to the rising cost of retiree health benefits
  • Review current benefit levels for State employees and retirees
  • Review the eligibility requirements for retiree health benefits
  • Review alternatives for providing health benefits to State retirees
  • Recommend a multi-year plan to fully fund State obligations for retiree health benefits
  • Issue a final report to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 31, 2009

The Senate and House Members of this Blue Ribbon Commission are as follows: Senators Edward Kasemeyer, Rona Kramer, Donald Munson, and James Robey.  The House Delegates are Melony Griffith, Susan Aumann, Guy Guzzone, Mary-Dulany James, and Murray Levy. The Commission’s main point of contact is Michael Rubenstein, Committee Staff Member of the Department of Legislative Services.  Please call 410-946-5530 or 301-970-5530 with any questions or concerns.

The Public Employees' and Retirees' Health Benefit Sustainability Commission

The Public Employees' and Retirees' Health Benefit Sustainability Commission has been established in 2010 to discuss and implement new possible solutions regarding the retirees' and public employees' health benefits and retirement/pension plans.

The commission's recommendations address four main areas that were examined at the seven meetings it held during the 2010 interim, which are:

  1. health benefits for State employees and retirees;
  2. projected State liabilities for retiree health benefits;
  3. pension benefits for State employees and teachers; and
  4. the distribution of the employer contribution toward pension benefits for employees of the school boards, community colleges, and library boards who are members of the combined teachers’ pension and retirement system.

The Commission is meeting during the 2011 Legislative Session to introduce their report, in which a final report is being extended until October 2011.

Casper R. Taylor is the Chairman of this Commission.  The Commission members are comprised of Senators Edward J. Kasemeyer, Verna L. Jones-Rodwell, and Nathaniel J. McFadden, and Delegates Norman H. Conway and Melony G. Griffith, along with Mr. Karl S. Aro and Mr. Warren G. Deschenaux.

MCEA is continuing to monitor this area of concern for all retirees and state employees.