SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER
Published Monthly except July and August
20 - 09 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees November 2020
NOVEMBER CHAPTER MEETING (Via Zoom) MONDAY Nov. 9, 2020 - 11:30AM Zoom Meeting Details: To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can either:
Call 253-215-8782 and enter the Meeting ID: 847 6320 6413 and Passcode: 044180 Or you can CLICK ON THIS LINK. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson
We held our second membership meeting via Zoom on October 12th at 11:30 with fourteen participants, including our guest speaker. I invite all of you to join our next meeting on November 9th, when we vote for three new Directors for the next three years. Please mark your calendars, and we will provide details for joining the meeting.
Our 2021 average FEHB premiums will increase 4.9%, but our 2021 COLA will increase only 1.3%. For me, I expect to see an extra $30 per month next year, which is better than a minus $30 per month. Overall, premiums for Dental and Vision plans will not increase, and most enrollees will not see any changes. Open season dates for FEHB are November 9 through December 14. You do not have to do anything if you like the health coverage you presently have. Also, if you are like me and have Blue Cross Blue Shield – Basic Plan and Medicare Part B, then remember to request your $800 credit from BCBS to offset Medicare premiums for yourself and for your spouse (total of $1,600). You have until the end of the year to claim this year’s credit.
I am continuing to recruit the Membership Chairperson, who could be you. Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a more active member. Safely enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
November 9, 2020 11:30 AM Due to the present health situation all Meetings are virtual until further notice.
To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can either:
Call 253-215-8782 and enter the Meeting ID 847 6320 6413 and Passcode: 044180
Or you can CLICK THIS LINK.
LEGISLATION Roger Bosky
Congratulations! We will receive a 1.3% raise in our next year’s retirement benefits. However, our health care benefits will increase by an average of 4.6%. This is just another good argument for changing how OPM figures our cost-of-living increases. NARFE has long advocated for using the CPI-E for this purpose which would include health care and food costs, which are such a big item for us retirees.
Congress has now recognized this problem, and the House has proposed H.R.8598 to address the adverse impact on us. The bill would provide for social security and civil service retirees a 3% raise in 2021 and the use of the CPI-E for future cost-of-living raises.
Also, of interest, the Federal Salary Council has reported that Federal employees earn 23% less on average than their private sector counterparts.
Finally, on October 21 the President signed a disturbing executive order. It requires agency heads to identify “Schedule F“ policy-making employees within 90 days. These employees will be at-will and, thus, be stripped of all civil service protections. This step will further politicize the civil service.
NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky
You can contribute to NARFE-PAC at our monthly meetings at Darcy’s or by completing the NARFE-PAC contribution form in the NARFE magazine. I will have pins for a $25 contribution at our meeting.
The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits/retirement. We are speaking to all members not just those retired.
PROGRAM Chris Smith and Joanne Welch