House Panel Approves Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

March 17, 2017 – On Thursday the House Oversight Committee approved the Postal Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756. The bill was approved by voice vote – just like P.A.E.A. in 2006 – the bill that put the postal service on trouble footing to begin with. A summary of H.R. 756 can may be found here.

This bill will automatically enroll postal retirees in Medicare coverage whether they desire this coverage or not – in fact, this portion of the bill will ultimately take away the health benefit choice/coverage promised to postal employees when they were hired and when they retired. If you’re a postal employee this should frighten you – why? because… what other benefits will they strip from your promised retirement benefits in the future?

In our opinion…this is totally disgusting. Yes, USPS needs financial help, but stripping away promised benefits to postal retirees is not the way to do this. What’s next? We believe the right thing to have done would be to have abolished the forced yearly payments by USPS under P.A.E.A..

The Hill reports – “Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised the bipartisan nature of the bill and noted that they had been working on Postal reform legislation for several years.”

“At least from my opinion, we have a very good bill,” Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said. “Each of us would like to see things done a little bit differently, but in the nature and the spirit of compromise, I think what we have before us today is a very solid bill.”
The top Democrat on the panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), said that “this is a bill of compromise … not common ground, but higher ground, putting party aside and making sure that we would do what’s best not only for the Postal system but for the nation.”
Political? Yes, both democrat and republican support.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) opposed this bill as well. Read their statement here.

2 Responses to "House Panel Approves Postal Service Reform Act of 2017"

  1. Willard Moseley   March 20, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I am 68 and my wife is 61. We gave FEHB and I am on Medicare also. When she reaches her 65th Birthday, she will go on Medicare also. We don’t want to lose FEHB, so what effect if any would it have on us.

    Willard – we can’t possibly answer your questions without knowing the final results of this bill. As it stands right now you would be in the same shape as I…since my wife is not old enough for Medicare I would have to continue my FEHB to make certain she is covered by health insurance. So, I would have to pay for my Medicare and my FEHB coverage. This is NOT fair. Rick Owens – PEN

  2. Karon Grunwell   April 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Why does it seem everyone has it in for the Postal Employees? Why aren’t other governmental agencies targeted? My parents are both Postal retires and I am really concerned about their healthcare and the additional costs this change will have. They both have been retired for over thirty years, so their retirement income is relatively small. I don’t think the House Oversite Committee really understands what this bill will do to retires.

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