Rolando Says Forcing Postal Retirees Into Medicare Is A Good Thing

2/7/17 – Today the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold the hearing entitled ACCOMPLISHING POSTAL REFORM IN THE 115TH CONGRESS – H.R. 756, THE POSTAL SERVICE REFORM ACT OF 2017. Scheduled to speak are PMG Megan J. Brennan, Robert G. Taub – Chairman Postal Regulatory Commission, Ms. Lori Rectanus – Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues U.S. Government Accountability Office, Mr. Arthur Sackler – Manager, Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service (large mailers), and Mr. Fredric V. Rolando – President National Association of Letter Carriers. You may read the statement of each here.

In his statement to the committee NALC President Rolando states that he believes that automatically enrolling postal annuitants into Medicare Parts A & B at age 65 is a good thing…we DO NOT. This bill could pass without reneging on benefits promised to postal employees when hired and at retirement by forcing postal annuitants into Medicare coverage. Here is that portion of Rolando’s statement:

“Under H.R. 756, FEHBP plans would segregate postal employees and postal annuitants into
a separate risk pool and all postal annuitants would enroll in Medicare Parts A&B when they
reach 65 years old. (At present, 80-90 percent of postal annuitants already voluntarily enroll in
the two main parts of Medicare. PEN Editor…this may or may not be true) The proposal would also give FEHBP plans access to low-cost
prescription drugs and other benefits made possible by the Medicare Modernization Act. The
savings would help reduce FEHBP premium costs — and prefunding costs. Indeed, about half
the reduction in the Postal Service’s unfunded liability would come from prescription drug
savings; the rest from maximizing the participation in Medicare Parts A and B.”

2 Responses to "Rolando Says Forcing Postal Retirees Into Medicare Is A Good Thing"

  1. postal retiree   February 7, 2017 at 11:43 am

    We all knew that the so called prez of the NALC would say its a good thing to force and
    enroll postal retirees automatically when they turn 65 or who are now over 65 and not enrolled into Medicare Part B and force them to pay an additional cost of whatever the prevailing rate for Medicare Part B is for themselves and more than likely a spouse
    who is also over 65.
    Put it on the backs of the retirees who can’t afford the extra cost as they are not active members but retirees and he can screw over them more easily and keep getting re-elected by the active members who believe in his lies and will re-elect him and allow him to draw a large paycheck of around $190.000.00 plus paid life and health insurance and an expense account to use as he wishes. He is no different than the other postal union prezs and they are all typical political office holders just as are the regular politicians who hold public office. Take
    care of themselves and those that can help them help themselves.

  2. tony   February 7, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    It’s all plan someone Trump and Republicans blow up Medicare the Union and Postal Service can blame them when all along it was just a plan get the retirees off the postal services books sad

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