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Updated: Jan 9

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

I bring greetings to you all from the Texas Gulf Coast, where Tami and I are spending the winter. As you read this President’s Corner, we are beyond the winter solstice, which means that tomorrow has longer daylight hours than yesterday. Hooray! We hope you all had a merry Christmas and happy New Year’s Day. As we begin a new year, I encourage you to renew your Spokane Chapter 32 dues when you renew you NARFE National dues.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a suspension of applications for Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) coverage. The suspension period began 19 December 2022 and will remain in effect for 24 months. It does not alter existing coverage for current enrollees. During the suspension period, FLTCIP will not accept any applications for coverage, and current enrollees may not apply to increase their coverage. Eligible individuals, who applied for FLTCIP to the program administrator, Long Term Care Partners, LLC, prior to December 19, will have their application considered. If the carrier approves the application for coverage, the individual will receive a benefit booklet and schedule of benefits with complete coverage information (Source: NARFE.org).

Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you have any questions regarding Spokane Chapter 32.


ALZHEIMER’S (vacant Chairperson)

While at opm.gov, I learned the IRS will launch a new computation of Federal Tax withholdings beginning January 1. I encourage you to keep a careful eye on your tax withholdings for next year.

The Alzheimer’s Association is encouraged by the full Phase 3 data presented by Eisai and Biogen from the CLARITY AD global clinical trial of lecanemab. The data published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms this treatment can meaningfully change the course of the disease for people in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association calls for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) accelerated approval of lecanemab. These peer-reviewed, published results show lecanemab will provide patients more time to participate in daily life and live independently. It could mean many months more of recognizing their spouse, children, and grandchildren. Treatments that deliver tangible benefits to those living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer’s and early Alzheimer’s dementia are as valuable as treatments that extend the lives of those with other terminal diseases. However, an unprecedented policy of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will block access to this treatment. The FDA will decide whether to grant accelerated approval to lecanemab by 6 January 2023. Should the FDA do so, the current CMS policy will prevent thousands of Medicare beneficiaries with a terminal, progressive disease from this treatment within the limited span of time they will have to access it. If a patient decides with their health care provider that a treatment is right for them, Medicare must stand behind them as it does for beneficiaries with every other disease. CMS has pledged to move quickly to modify the NCD (note: NCD is not defined) if warranted by new evidence. The Alzheimer’s Association calls on

CMS to revise its policy with the utmost urgency (Source: alz.org).

Spokane Chapter is recruiting an Alzheimer’s Chairperson. If you are interested in sharing your learned knowledge with the group, then please contact any Officer or Director. With no chairperson, a village is needed to share information with our group.


PROGRAM (vacant Chairperson)


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Januarys guest speaker Melanie Rose of AVISTA

Melanie Rose from AVISTA will talk about energy sources and rates in January 2023. Whitworth professor Candice Correia will talk about taxes in February. Phil Altmeyer will talk about the Union Gospel Mission in April. Spokane Chapter is also recruiting a Program Chairperson. If you are interested in sharing speakers with our group, then please contact any Officer or Director. With no chairperson, a village is needed to find guest speakers for our membership meetings.



NARFE – PAC MaryAnn Bosky

You can contribute to NARFE – PAC using the contribution form found in the monthly NARFE Magazine or by sending a check, made out to NARFE – PAC, to our Post Office Box. The address is: NARFE, PO Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.

SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER

Narfe0032@gmail.com

509-624-9465

LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

As I write this, it appears that Congress will pass a spending bill to cover government spending for the next nine months - thus avoiding a

government shutdown on December 23rd.

With 305 co-sponsors, the government Pension Offset/Windfall Elimination Provision (GPO/WEP) failed to come to the house floor for a vote. We need to continue to press Congress to again put this legislation on their agenda. The latest NARFE magazine has an article outline its concerns for the coming session Congress, including repeal of GPO/WEP. NARFE will have our back for the new Year.

While I’ve yet to read the information contained in the new spending bill, I understand that there are provisions in that legislation affecting your TSP/401K’s. Keep a close watch.


PAST VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton

As 2022 comes to an end the Washington State Federation (WSF) and Chapters had a very busy, but productive, year. Chapters have recruited at least 56 new members. Hope the outreach plan, which many chapters created, helped to highlight recruitment and the benefits to being a NARFE Chapter member.

WSFederation was heavily involved in the closing of 3 Washington Chapters: NW Cascade, E Lake Washington, and Columbia Basin. Two additional Chapters, Wenatchee and Yakima have voted to close. Reason for closure was lack of new leaders to step- up and take over elected positions. This reinforces the need for succession plans for all Chapters, including Spokane. 2023 could be a challenge for Spokane Chapter 32 as all four (4) elected officers have fulfilled their 4 years and not eligible for reelection in their current positions. Who is going to step up and take on those critical leadership positions?

LEGcon 2023 is scheduled for June 19-21, 2023, in Washington DC. A great opportunity to meet with other Federation and Chapters leaders. Both the Chapter and Federation budgets identified funds to help offset members travel costs.


NARFE is more than just a great magazine. Let them know! Promote NARFE anytime you can. The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits and retirement!


NARFE = YOUR BEST BET FOR THE FUTURE! DATE FOR YOUR CALENDAR


JANUARY CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY JANUARY 09, 2023 – 11:30 AM DARCY’S RESTAURANT 10502 E SPRAGUE, SPOKANE VALLEY


JANUARY CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY January 09, 2022 Lunch at 11:30 Meeting at 12:15 Darcy’s Restaurant 10502 E. Sprague Ave.

PRESENTER: Melanie Rose – AVISTA Representative


The meeting will be available via ZOOM: The ZOOM information is:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84692463195?pwd=R3M0eFF0NzRaMFo3bTNvNERDNHBBUT09

Meeting ID: 846 9246 3195

Passcode: 137652


MEMBERSHIP

The Chapter is looking for a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact any of the Officers or Directors. Come be a part of a great group of people fighting for your benefits.

SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

With a one snow event after another it seems, my wish is for each of you to stay unharmed from mishaps or illnesses. Enjoy the holidays, however you celebrate. The Chapter is sending birthday and anniversary wishes to all who celebrate in January.

Eleven Spokane Chapter members have passed away this year.

REMINDER, spouses can be members on their own OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you are interested in continuing this very valuable membership, please contact Scott Robinson. He is currently recruiting for a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact him.

If you become aware of good news, illnesses, surgeries, or a death of a member or family member, please contact me at 509-953-6828.


SERVICE & OUTREACH Kathy Brooks

We are hoping we will be able to provide future retirees with a Pre-Retirement Seminar this coming Spring. Be on the lookout for more

information.


Spokane Washington Chapter 32 PO Box 4592 Spokane, WA 99220

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association 32

NARFEontheWeb:National:www.narfe.orgWSF:www.narfewa.org Spokane:www.narfespokane.org


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

We had excellent attendance for our November meeting. All but nine people were members. Myself, (President), Kathy Brooks (Vice-president), Arlene Patton (Secretary), and Keith Townsend (Treasurer) will serve Spokane Chapter 32 for another year. Our directors (expiration year) will be Bill Beatty (2023), Margie Dennis (2023), Wanda Faulkner (2023), Ken Kaul (2024), Pat Hegerberg (2024), Roger Bosky (2024), Bev Benka (2025), Dennis Poppe (2025), Gisela Moyle (2025), and Joanne Welch (2025). Thank you all for serving Spokane Chapter 32.


On November 15, the Office of Personnel Management announced the 2022 Presidential Rank Awards (PRA) recipients. President Biden selected 233 individuals across 33 federal agencies for their exceptional performance within the federal career civil service. Established in the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the PRAs are designed to recognize a distinguished group of civil servants, honored for their hard work and dedication to public service. This year’s recipients include 1) a USDA employee who established a Personal Protective Equipment distribution program to protect front-line employees during the global pandemic; 2) a DOE employee who led the nation’s development of and transition to high efficiency, zero-emissions electric vehicles and other technologies; and 3) a NASA employee for the mission success of the James Webb Space Telescope, which sees thousands of colorful galaxies (source opm.gov).

Tami and I will seek warmer climes during this winter as we transition into Winter Texans. We intend to seek out the Corpus Christi Chapter meetings during our stay.

I encourage you to safely enjoy Christmas and New Year’s this year. Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you have any questions regarding Spokane Chapter 32.


ALZHEIMER’S (vacant Chairperson)

The holidays are often filled with sharing, laughter and memories. But they can also bring stress, disappointment or sadness. Due to COVID- 19 and seasonal flu, holidays can create more risk for spreading infections, especially for older adults who tend to have underlying health conditions. A person living with Alzheimer's may feel a special sense of loss during the holidays because of the changes he or she has experienced. Caregivers may feel overwhelmed by maintaining traditions while providing care and adhering to safety precautions.


The safest option is to plan carefully for in-person holiday gatherings with people outside of your household. Make sure that everybody is vaccinated or recently tested, test for COVID-19 frequently and consider postponing or visiting virtually if you or the person you are caring for doesn't feel well. Other tips and ideas for enjoying time with family and friends during the holidays include 1) familiarize others with the situation, 2) adjust expectations, 3) involve the person living with dementia, 4) connect through technology, 5) adapt gift giving, and 6) safely celebrate in-person gatherings (source alz.org).


PROGRAM (vacant Chairperson)

Melanie Rose from AVISTA will talk about energy sources and rates in January 2023. Whitworth professor Candice Correia will talk about taxes in February. Phil Altmeyer will talk about the Union Gospel Mission in April. Spokane Chapter is also recruiting a Program Chairperson. If you are interested in sharing speakers with our group, then please contact any Officer or Director. With no chairperson, a village is needed to find guest speakers for our membership meetings.


NARFE – PAC MaryAnn Bosky

You can contribute to NARFE – PAC using the contribution form found in the monthly NARFE Magazine or by sending a check, made out to NARFE – PAC, to our Post Office Box. The address is: NARFE, PO Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.


SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER

Narfe0032@gmail.com

509-624-9465


LEGISLATION Roger Bosky No GPO/WEP for Christmas?

With so little time left in this Congressional session and a busy schedule. it’s becoming increasingly likely that HR 82, The Government Pension Offset/ Windfall Elimination Provision (GPO/WEP) bill, will likely end up in the Government dust bin. Having gotten over 300 co-sponsors, it’s important that we keep the pressure up for the ultimate passage of a provision to get rid of these onerous impacts on our earned benefits. Over 2 million people are hurt by GPO/WEP and they should go.


Our benefits will get an estimated 7.7 - 8.7% increase to help us catch up with inflation. Our representative, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, is now the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is slated to become its chair when the leadership in the House changes next year. As such she will have a powerful voice in efforts to combat inflation, which impacts prices on our food, health care, gasoline, etc. Let’s hope that she can work in a bipartisan way with the Administration to control the spiraling costs of inflation.

Bipartisan efforts will also be needed to pass another spending bill. On December 16th the current continuing resolution expires, and the Government needs to pay its bills.


PAST VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton

The NARFE M-112 Activity Report gives Chapters so much good information on its membership. As of Nov. 27, 2022, Chapter 32 has 239 Chapter members, 208 National only members for a total of 447 members. A special thanks and welcome to the 5 new members and the 5 members that transferred their membership to Spokane. Of our 239 Chapter members 74 elect to renew their dues annually, 28 renew ever two years, 55 renew for 3 years, 63 use dues withholding and 19 are lifetime members. Dues withholding should be considered by all NARFE members.

Chapter 32’s Board submitted its 2023 Outreach Plan to the Washington State Federation. The Federation will match 50% of the cost for activities identified in the Plan that focuses on recrement of new members. Chapter 32’s Plan identified the following activities/events:

· NARFE booth at Unity in the Community – August 2023 event · Senior Day @ the State Fair – September 2023 event · Military (retirement) Appreciation Day –2023 Date TBD · Alzheimer Walk, October 2023 event

· Federal Health Benefits fairs – October 2023 events.

The success of the events will depend on several NARFE members coming out to help work at the booths. Please let me know if you are interested.


NARFE is more than just a great magazine. Let them know! Promote NARFE anytime you can. The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits and retirement!


NARFE = YOUR BEST BET FOR THE FUTURE!


DATE FOR YOUR CALENDAR

DECEMBER CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY DECEMBER 12, 2022 – 11:30 AM

DARCY’S RESTAURANT 10502 E SPRAGUE, SPOKANE VALLEY


The meeting will be available via ZOOM: The ZOOM information is:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81282152794?pwd=b2hnT1lXc3dRNld4ODVpYThkVm5JQT09

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 812 8215 2794 Passcode: 996163

MEMBERSHIP

The Chapter is looking for a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact any of the Officers or Directors. Come be a part of a great group of people fighting for your benefits.


SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

With a major winter storm approaching our area, my wish is for each of you to stay unharmed from mishaps or illnesses of any kind.

The Chapter is sending birthday and anniversary wishes to all who celebrate in December.

Recently Scott Robinson was diagnosed with COVID and recovered quickly. Seems we all will most likely get this virus at some time. Phil Moyle is recovering from an unexpected hospital stay in Portland and Gisela is being very patient with him and his relapses. Mary Ann Bosky is recovering from a total knee replacement and giving Roger and family her normal bit of trouble. Her independence is showing, as expected.

On another unpleasant note, our Chapter has lost several members, among them: Ken Kaul, a very active member and Director for many years. His spouse, Tina, is also a member. Sandra Cook unexpectedly passed while visiting her family on the East Coast. She was an active member and Membership Chairperson in the recent past. Also passing are Ernest Van Fredenberg, Robert Bachman, and Jerry Cesaratto. These members will be deeply missed.

REMINDER, spouses can be members on their own OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you are interested in continuing this very valuable membership, please contact Scott Robinson. He is currently recruiting for a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact him.

If you become aware of good news, illnesses, surgeries, or a death of a member or family member, please contact me at 509-953-6828.


SERVICE & OUTREACH Kathy Brooks

We are hoping we will be able to provide future retirees with a Pre-Retirement Seminar this coming Spring. Be on the lookout for more

information.


Spokane Washington Chapter 32 PO Box 4592 Spokane, WA 99220 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association 32


NARFEontheWeb:National:www.narfe.org WSF:www.narfewa.org Spokane:www.narfespokane.org


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Updated: Nov 10, 2022

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

November’s membership meeting will be our Chapter’s annual meeting. We will elect three directors for the next three years. They will be installed during our December meeting and begin their role in January. I encourage you to attend and vote for Spokane Chapter’s future leadership. Thank you for entrusting me as your President for the past three years.


Open Season for our Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) will be from November 14 to December 12. During this time, federal employees, retirees, and survivors can make changes in their current enrollments of FEHB and the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Programs (FEDVIP). You don’t have to do anything if you like the health coverage you presently have. FEHB premiums paid by federal employees and retirees will increase an average of 8.7% in 2023. This compares with our Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) increase of 8.7% for Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and 7.7% COLA for Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) in 2023. November’s issue of NARFE Magazine has traditionally featured easy-to-follow charts and a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to guide you through your decisions. Also, you can go to www.benefeds.com to learn more about FEDVIP.


Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you have any questions regarding Spokane Chapter 32.


This Month's Special Program

2023 Health Benefits for Federal Employees

presented by Ann Ozuna, Retirement Advisor Spokane, Washington

Ann Ozuna, long term retirement advisor, will be joining Spokane NARFE on November 14 with the latest and greatest about 2023 FEHB health benefits. Ann will present a synopsis of the smorgasbord of next year’s benefits available to federal employees and retirees.


Ann is a wealth of information, so prepare any questions you may have. Ann’s presentation

provides an opportunity to hear about benefits if you have missed the in-person health fairs throughout the region this year. PDF flyer of program


When: Monday, November 14, at noon

Where: Darcy’s Restaurant

10502 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley


The November meeting will be available via ZOOM: The ZOOM information is:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81282152794?pwd=b2hnT1lXc3dRNld4ODVpYThkVm5JQT09


+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)


Meeting ID: 812 8215 2794

Passcode: 996163


ALZHEIMER’S (vacant Chairperson)

Since 1983, NARFE members have played a major role in seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Through its partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, NARFE supports research into the causes, prevention, detection and effective treatment of Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Public education on the need for research – our only tool for conquering the disease – also is an important focus.


NARFE’s total contributions in August, including planned gifts, exceeded $440,000, pushing the Fund’s total past $15 million. “This achievement is especially gratifying because the fund only reached the $14 million milestone in September 2021,” said NARFE President Ken Thomas. NARFE recently announced it will raise another $1 million for the Association's full mission by the end of 2025.


Spokane Chapter is recruiting an Alzheimer’s Chairperson. If you are interested in sharing your learned knowledge with the group, then please contact any Officer or Director. With no chairperson, a village is needed to share information with our group.


PROGRAM (vacant Chairperson)

The Fall line-up for our guest speakers include Ann Ozuna talking about anticipated health benefits in November. Whitworth professor Candice Correia will talk about taxes in February 2023. Spokane Chapter is also recruiting a Program Chairperson. If you are interested in sharing speakers with our group, then please contact any Officer or Director. With no chairperson, a village is again needed to find guest speakers for our membership meetings.


NARFE – PAC MaryAnn Bosky

You can contribute to NARFE – PAC using the contribution form found in the monthly NARFE Magazine or by sending a check, made out to NARFE – PAC, to our Post Office Box. The address is: NARFE, PO Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.

LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

GOVERNMENT PENSION OFFSET/WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISION (GPO/WEP)

I find it somewhat ironic that the GPO/WEP bill with 305 cosponsors can’t get to the House floor for a vote. Instead, the bill is now lost in the arcane procedures of Congress. We have until the end of the year for a vote, but that does not seem likely. NARFE has worked hard, and this year’s progress is the farthest we have gotten. Keep on pushing!


November 14th begins the open season for health benefits. Remember to make sure that you have access to OPM if you are contemplating any changes.


PAST VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton

As of October 23, 2022, NARFE Chapter 32 had a total of 448 members, 243 Chapter members and 205 National only members. Ann Sharley-Hubbard, of Spokane Valley, has recently joined Chapter 32. Hope to see her out to some of our Chapter meetings. The M112 Article Report reported that Robert G. Bachman recently passed away.


Washington State Federation (WSF) held its annual conference October 11-13, 2022. Election of WSF officers resulted in the following: President, Cray Henry, Vice President, Mary Traxler, Secretary, Linda Wallers and Treasurer, Arlene Patton. District Vice Presidents are Mary Binder, District I, Verna Wright, District II and Bea Bull, District III.


MEMBERSHIP (vacant Chairperson)

Over the last 60 days (August 1-September 27th) the M-112 activity report shows the following: Chapter 32 gained one new member: Robert J. Palmquist. Welcome to Chapter 32! We also had five members transfer from Chapter 856, Columbia Basin, which is now closed. Hope those individuals will get involved with Chapter 32.


One member, Robert (Bob) Elmore passed away. Bob will be missed as he was always supportive of the Chapter and the WSFederation.


A special thanks to all Chapter members that renewed their membership. As of September 27th, we had 244 Chapter members, 204 National Only members for a total of 448 members.


The Chapter is looking for a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact any of the Officers or Directors. Come be a part of a great group of people fighting for your benefits.


NARFE is more than just a great magazine. Let them know!


Promote NARFE anytime you can. The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits and retirement!

NARFE = YOUR BEST BET FOR THE FUTURE!


SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

Chapter 32 sends birthday and anniversary wishes to all who celebrated in November.


REMINDER, spouses can be members OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you are interested in continuing this very valuable membership, please contact Scott Robinson.


If you become aware of good news, illnesses, surgeries, or a death of a member or family member, please contact me.


SERVICE & OUTREACH Kathy Brooks

We are hoping we will be able to provide future retirees with a Pre-Retirement Seminar this coming Spring. Be on the lookout for more information.


Spokane Washington Chapter 32

PO Box 4592

Spokane, WA 99220

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association 32

NARFE on the Web: National: www.narfe.org WSF: www.narfewa.org Spokane: www.narfespokane.org


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