SENATE DOCKET, NO. 875        FILED ON: 1/19/2017

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1481

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

James E. Timilty

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to provide fair and affordable public retiree benefits.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk

 

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

1/24/2017

Jack Lewis

7th Middlesex

1/24/2017

Brendan P. Crighton

Third Essex

1/25/2017

Mathew Muratore

1st Plymouth

1/25/2017

Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol

1/25/2017

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

1/25/2017

Daniel J. Hunt

13th Suffolk

1/25/2017

Carmine L. Gentile

13th Middlesex

1/25/2017

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

1/25/2017

Joseph A. Boncore

First Suffolk and Middlesex

1/25/2017

Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

1/25/2017

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

1/25/2017

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

1/25/2017

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

1/25/2017

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

1/25/2017

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

1/25/2017

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

1/25/2017

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

1/25/2017

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

1/26/2017

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

1/26/2017

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

1/26/2017

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

1/26/2017

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

1/26/2017

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

1/26/2017

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

1/26/2017

Timothy R. Whelan

1st Barnstable

1/26/2017

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

1/26/2017

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

1/26/2017

Michael J. Finn

6th Hampden

1/26/2017

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

1/26/2017

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

1/26/2017

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

1/27/2017

John C. Velis

4th Hampden

1/27/2017

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

1/27/2017

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

1/27/2017

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

1/27/2017

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

1/27/2017

Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester

1/30/2017

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

1/30/2017

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

1/30/2017

Paul Tucker

7th Essex

1/30/2017

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

1/30/2017

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex

1/30/2017

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

1/30/2017

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

1/31/2017

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

1/31/2017

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

1/31/2017

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

1/31/2017

Daniel Cullinane

12th Suffolk

1/31/2017

Natalie Higgins

4th Worcester

1/31/2017

Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex

1/31/2017

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

1/31/2017

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

1/31/2017

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

1/31/2017

Juana B. Matias

16th Essex

2/1/2017

Paul J. Donato

35th Middlesex

2/1/2017

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

2/1/2017

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

2/1/2017

Brian Murray

10th Worcester

2/1/2017

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

2/1/2017

Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex

2/1/2017

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

2/1/2017

Walter F. Timilty

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

2/1/2017

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

2/1/2017

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

2/2/2017

Gerard Cassidy

9th Plymouth

2/2/2017

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

2/2/2017

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

2/2/2017

Edward F. Coppinger

10th Suffolk

2/2/2017

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

2/2/2017

Bud Williams

11th Hampden

2/2/2017

RoseLee Vincent

16th Suffolk

2/2/2017

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

2/2/2017

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

2/2/2017

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

2/2/2017

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

2/2/2017

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

2/2/2017

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

2/2/2017

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

2/2/2017

Carlos González

10th Hampden

2/2/2017

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester

2/2/2017

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

2/2/2017

Dylan Fernandes

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

2/3/2017

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

2/3/2017

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

2/3/2017

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

2/3/2017

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

2/3/2017

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

2/3/2017

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

2/3/2017

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

2/3/2017

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

2/3/2017

John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk

2/3/2017

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

2/3/2017

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

2/7/2017

Adam G. Hinds

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden

2/7/2017

 



SENATE DOCKET, NO. 875        FILED ON: 1/19/2017

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1481

By Mr. Timilty, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1481) of James E. Timilty, Aaron Vega, Jack Lewis, Brendan P. Crighton and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide fair and affordable public retiree benefits.  Public Service.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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An Act to provide fair and affordable public retiree benefits.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Paragraph (c) of section 102 of said chapter 32, as so appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is amended by striking out in lines 32, 36 and 43 the dollar amount $13,000 and inserting in place thereof the following dollar amount: - $16,000.

SECTION 2. Section 9 of said chapter 32B, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after the first paragraph, the following paragraph:-

Reductions in the percentage of a governmental unit’s contributions to premiums for retired employees made after January 1, 2017 shall not apply to individuals who retire before the change in contribution percentage takes effect.

SECTION 3. Notwithstanding chapter 32A or 32B of the General Laws, for retired public employees over the age of sixty five and not eligible for the federal Medicare program the maximum amount of deductibles and copayments paid for covered services of group health insurance provided in chapter 32A or 32B during an enrollment year shall not exceed $2,500 for individual coverage and $5,000 for family coverage.

SECTION 4. Notwithstanding any law or regulation to the contrary, there shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund, to be known as the Medicare Ineligible Retiree Mitigation Fund. The fund shall be used be administered by the Group Insurance Commission.  The commission may expend amounts in the account to pay the costs of deductibles and copayments for covered services of retired employees defined in section 3 of this act that exceed $2,500 for individual coverage and $5,000 for family coverage but are less than $5,000 and $10,000 respectively.

SECTION 5. The provisions of section one of this act shall take effect for cost of living adjustments to be made, in accordance with the provisions of section 102 of said chapter 32, commencing July 1, 2017.