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  • March 10, 2019 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Armed with folders containing NRLN whitepaper Executive Summaries and talking points, attendees spread out across Capitol Hill on Feb. 26 and 27 for 70 appointments with Representatives, Senators and/or members of their staffs to advocate five important retirement issues during the NRLN's Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. The issues advocated on the Hill included: 1) Lobbying to reduce the price of prescription drugs through legislation that requires Medicare to do competitive bidding; import safe and lower price drugs from Canada, and stops the anti-competitive pay-fordelay tactic by brand-name drug makers to prevent or delay generic drugs from being available to Americans. 2) The goal of many in Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is to shift federal health care expenses onto the backs of seniors. Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are being used as the "Trojan horse" to move Medicare toward privatization. Should privatization happen, the NRLN is lobbying to grandfather and protect the 19 million seniors (33% of all Medicare beneficiaries) who have purchased MA plans in good faith; require federal agencies to investigate and publish comparisons of cost and effectiveness of traditional Medicare and MA; require CMS not to authorize benefits for MA plans that are not provided for traditional Medicare, and reduce the $141 billion annual federal wrong and improper payments (particularly the $90 billion attributable to Medicare and Medicaid) and sequester the saving to be used to eliminate the 75-year deficit for Medicare Part A and B, then Medicare Part D. 3) Lobbying to protect retirees when a pension plan sponsor does "de-risking", the action to replace a pension plan with a lump sum buyout and/or converting to a life insurance annuity. The NRLN wants individuals to have the option to remain as plan participants. If an annuity is selected the plan must purchase reinsurance from a separate, highly-rated insurer to guarantee the payment of benefits, in case of default by the initial life insurance company. 4) When retirees receive their first pension check, they trust the amount shown on the check will be what they should receive monthly. Far too often, pension plan sponsors later find an error in the pension payment calculation and force retirees to pay back thousands of dollars and suffer a large cut in benefits as well. Attendees lobbied for legislation to indemnify individual plan participants from the requirement to refund overpayments by instructing actuaries to account for recoupment as a pension plan funding risk. 5) Lobbying to amend the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) of 1986 and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974 to allow employers with generously overfunded pension plans to use a portion of the plan's surplus assets to fund retiree benefits, such as, health care and life insurance. Bill Kadereit, President National Retiree Legislative Network We need your committed support to: NRLN Action Alerts, https://www.nrln.org/SE.html#/

  • February 12, 2019 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Retiree Discounts

    The AT&T Retiree Discount Center has been auditing retiree bills. Many of you have been hit with large increases due to the audit.  The Center has shown some retirees as active employees and active employees receive larger discounts.  As a reminder retiree discounts are shown below.  For added information on U-Verse, DirecTV, Internet, landlines and DSL go to https://www.att.com/dep/login or call 877-377-9010.  The Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. central time.  For added information on AT&T Wireless go to https://www.att.com/dep/login or call 800-331-0500.  This Center is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m central time.

    U-Verse TV packages                             25% discount

    DirecTV premier, ultimate, or choice      20% discount     

    Wireless products and services             30% discount


  • February 07, 2019 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NRLN Action Alert
    Congress Must Act to Reduce Price of Prescription Drugs

     

    Click here to urge your U.S. Representative and Senators to support bills to reduce the price of prescription drugs.

    In spite of a lot of talk by members of Congress on the importance of making prescription drug prices more affordable, 30 drug companies announced at the beginning of this year price increases in the U.S. on more than 250 drugs. The price increases - the first of more to come in 2019 - ranged from 5% to 9.5% well above the nation’s rate of inflation.

    Americans, especially the 58 million age 65 and older and people with disabilities on Medicare, are caught in the terrible perfect storm of prescription drug price gouging. Many of us ate taking more expensive medications while living on fixed incomes. Even with a Medicare Part D prescription plan we are paying substantial out-of-pocket costs.

    Again in this new 116th Congress, the NRLN has identified bills that should be passed to make our medicines more affordable.

    Please take just a few minutes to email the NRLN’s sample letter to your members of Congress. There are also options to post Facebook messages, send Tweets, make phone calls and ask an editor to write an editorial.

    The bills the NRLN is supporting at this time are:

    H.R. 275 and S. 62, Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate Drug Prices Act, and H.R. 448 and S.99, Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act. Passage of either Act, would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs under Medicare Part D.

    H.R. 478 and S. 61, Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act, would allow the personal importation of safe and lower priced drugs from approved pharmacies in Canada.

    S. 64, Preserve Access to Affordable Generics and Biosimiliars Act, would prohibit the practice of pay-for-delay by brand name drug companies who make deals to delay or keep less expensive generic drugs off the market.

    Bill Kadereit, NRLN President        Bob Martina, NRLN Vice President - Grassroots 


  • February 07, 2019 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AT&T Retiree Website and In Memory

    AASBCR® is pleased to announce that regarding the AT&T Retiree Website and the “In Memory” list of deceased retirees and active AT&T employees, now, after bringing the issue to AT&T management, the current Retiree Website “In Memory” listing has been updated.  AASBCR® is pleased that it was able to cause movement at least on the  ”In Memory” listing. There also was a Retiree Newsletter that was emailed monthly to retirees requesting it. No idea when or if that will be restarted.  Please note that the Retiree Website is at https://www.e-access.att.com/attretiree/homepage  AASBCR® does not have the volunteers to assist its retiree members on how to verify or change your password.  If you do not know your password, you can contact the HR One Stop group. The number is 1-888-722-1787.  Patience is required and that IS the only number AT&T has provided for password reset.


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